On August 27, 2004 Georgetown University hired their sixth Head Women's Basketball Coach. It proved to be a smart move as Terri Williams-Flournoy rebuilt a downcast Hoya's program into a national contender.
Tuesday, Williams-Flournoy took on a new rebuilding challenge as she was introduced as the new Head Coach of the Auburn Tigers. She takes over a program that finished 13-18 this year yet had been at one time a perennial NCAA team.
From all appearances, Williams-Flournoy won out over some very stiff competition. Also rumored to be among the finalist were Miami Head Coach, Katie Meier and North Carolina State Head Coach, Kellie Harper.
In the end though, it was her success as a coach, a recruiter, and a person that has graduated her players that won her the job. Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said,
"When we sat with Terri, it was evident, she set herself apart from everybody else."
"I thinks she is a great hire. She's a great recruiter and a great on-the-floor game coach. She did a great job at Georgia and George town. She's earned the right to have this opportunity."
But perhaps the best endorsement came from retired Coach Nell Fortner, who strongly encouraged Terri to pursue the Auburn job,
"She had nothing but wonderful things to say about Auburn University," Williams-Flournoy said."She knew that it would be a great place for me to bring my family and she just kept going on and on and on about the community."
She added in Tuesday's press conference that she has a plan to get Auburn back to the top of the SEC ... "win." And Williams-Flournoy definitely knows how to win.
She has been successful at every level as a player and a coach. In her 20 years in coaching she has been a part of 13 post season appearances including a Final Four (1999) and two regional finals (1997,2000).
She led Georgetown to a four-year run (2008-12) that was the most successful period in Hoya history, with four consecutive 20+ seasons, three NCAA Tournament appearances including the Sweet 16 in 2011, and posted a 93-41 mark for that stretch. Her overall coaching record both as an assistant and as a head coach is 391-220.
So it appears that Jay Jacobs has done it again. Teri Williams-Flournoy is another great hire. Moreover, she is taking over in a place with good facilities, with good administration support, and with a history of winning.
In addition, Auburn is just two years removed from going 30-4 and winning the SEC. Therefore it shouldn't take Teri long to get Auburn back to the top.
The Tigers have done it before under Ciampi and Fortner - and now I am convinced they will do it under Williams-Flournoy.
Video of Williams-Flournoy Press Conferemce:
Terri Wiliams-Flournoy.mpg (via Auburn247Sports)