June 19, 2012
Complete Jenny Ryan Interview
On this week's edition of Courtside Chat, Matt Park talks with senior guard Jenny Ryan about her goals this season, the state of transitioning to a new staff, and her plans on helping the incoming freshman class adjust to college life.
On what she hopes to accomplish her senior year ... "You definitely want to take the next step as a team and as an individual. I would love to see this team contend and compete, if not win the Big Ten championship because that's our goal. That's what we set out to do, win championships, so anything less than that, especially for us seniors, would be a letdown. So that's our main goal. And, obviously, make the tournament. When we're done here, we want to leave the program better than we found it. I think every senior class that I've ever played with has done that, and we hope to keep that tradition alive."
On the new head coach (Kim Barnes Arico)... "Just from the get-go, we learned that she's a winner and she's a very driven coach with a lot of passion who truly did hire a phenomenal staff. Having met them, they're great people. They really care about us as individuals, as students, as athletes. They want to meet with us. Although we haven't really been able to work with them one on one from a basketball sense, you can just tell they care so much about us and have a passion for the game that will be able to be present when you see us in action. She's a proven winner and it's easy to buy into a philosophy that you know works."
On the importance of helping the incoming freshmen's transition ... "Getting to know them is the biggest thing, and them getting to know us. From the first day, they're a part of this team. It's their team, it's our team. There's no division or anything and it just becomes the University of Michigan basketball family. My goal as a senior and I know I can speak on behalf of the team, we just want them to feel comfortable. As a family, if they need anything, we'll be right there, a phone call away. Just to begin to build a culture and tradition that we expect and want. I've met all of the girls, I've seen them play. I know they are great students, they're great athletes, and they're great people. We're excited that they're going to be here in a few weeks. I am so confident that they are all going to have phenomenal careers. I want them to be successful from the first day."
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