Dawn Hoosier is entering her third year as associate head coach, 12th on Laurie Pirtle's staff and 16th as part of the program. True to her alma mater, the former Bearcats guard was a four-year letterwinner for Cincinnati before entering the coaching ranks.
Hoosier devotes countless hours to the program on and off the court. In addition to coaching the guards, she spearheads UC's scouting efforts and is responsible for game scheduling . She has also been an integral part of the recruiting team that has produced four top 25 recruiting classes, including the 2005 class which was ranked in the top 10.
Hoosier is aware of the sense of urgency to win placed on every basketball program and the unforgiving hours put into a season. She understands the importance of getting things done and correctly, and she loves it. Her expertise has paid off as three Bearcats guards that she had a hand in coaching, have gone on to play professionally in the WNBA.
In her 12th season on the bench, Hoosier has developed into one of the best X and O coaches around. Her application of strategies, understanding of fundamentals and attention to detail make her an asset.
Such dedication to the mental side of the sport often gives Hoosier a hard-nosed, all business persona that is not found in the young coach. Instead, her student-athletes look to her when they need help. Confidence and respect run high between Hoosier and her players. The Bearcats count on her to give them the edge over their opponents.
Getting the edge on opponents is where Hoosier excels. As Cincinnati's primary scout, her competitive nature swells when the schedule is finished and she can start collecting every film, statistic, innuendo or play on the opponent. Her scouting reports echo anything and everything you could want to know about a particular player. Hoosier spends countless hours with her stacked VCR's scrutinizing and itemizing every play.
Hoosier has been mentored by one of the best in the business, playing for and coaching with Laurie Pirtle for the past 15 years. She has learned a wealth of basketball knowledge from her college coach, watching, listening, learning and soaking in everything and filing it all away. Hoosier has developed in to one of the best coaches in the game, contributing initiatve and her distinguishing style to the Bearcats.
Hoosier's quest to make the UC program successful takes on many other forms. In addition to working with the guards, Hoosier is also the director of the Laurie Pirtle Summer Basketball Camp. She has improved the camp three-fold since taking it over nine years ago. Hoosier has seen the team camp grow from three squads to 70 during her tenure.
The Cincinnati native earned four letters with the Bearcats from 1989-93. She earned her degree in health education at UC in 1995. Hoosier is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Dawn Hoosier At A Glance