New Texas Tech women's basketball assistant coach Katie Hensle arrived in Lubbock on Saturday, and it won't be long before she's on the road recruiting.
Evaluation periods, which allow coaches to do off-campus recruiting, run from July 6-15 and July 22-31.
Here are some excerpts from her first meeting with the Lubbock media Tuesday:
Q: What are some of the challenges awaiting you in your first few months before the season begins?
Hensle: Just getting acclimated to being in a new place and a new town. Being at the college level for the first time and getting all the rules under my belt.
Q: And on the recruiting trail?
Hensle: I'm used to being on the road all of July for my club team, so it’s really, schedule wise, not going to be any different than it’s been.I'll just be watching and recruiting insead of coaching.
Q: What will the big difference for you moving to this level?
Hensle: All of your players are elite players when you're coaching in the Big 12. I think you're starting ahead of where you would start with club or high school kids. It will be different bringing kids from an elite level to an even higher level.
Q: Is it exciting to be a part of the tradition here?
Hensle: When I was a kid this is where I used to come to camp from Dallas. I'm very versed in the history of the program and Coach (Marsha) Sharp and everything they’ve done in the past. Just looking forward to helping continue keep everything going.
Q: Is the tradition of this program still a selling point for recruits?
Hensle: Oh, absolutely. And the fact that there’s such good fan support and it’s a great college town. Absolutely it’s a big selling point for kids.
Q: How will your background translate to your recruiting potential here?
Hensle: My background is that I've been a club coach and high school coach and I've been fortunate enough to coach kids that made it to a really high level and met a lot of kids throughout the state of Texas and beyond and hope to use that in recruiting.
Q: Will Dallas and Houston be recruiting hot spots for you?
Hensle: There's a lof of talent in the state of Texas. I don't think it's about one area but finding the best kids you can find, wherever they're from.