A Few Women's NCAA Tournament Connections Come Together
College basketball is a tight-knit world, so it's no surprise there are some Huskies connections with the four teams who played when Bank of America Arena the NCAA Tournament over the weekend. The current director of basketball operations, Wingate Smith, used to be a student-manager for Sylvia Hatchell at UNC. Smith greeted Hatchell during her team's open practice and said hello to a lot of his former coworkers.
Sarah Pfeifer, the current video coordinator for the women's team at UW, was recruited by and played for Texas A&M coach Gary Blair when he previously coached at Arkansas. Pfeifer was a volunteer at the Tournament, and was seated in the crowd for a Blair press conference when the Aggies coach noticed her. Already a big hit with the media for his entertaining press conferences, Blair took a moment to recognize his former student-athlete, who blushed at the attention.
"The girl sitting right behind you used to play for me too. And I only got to coach her for one year. That was my miniature Rambo back there because she could make things happen back there. She'd run through brick walls, and she ran through too many, they couldn't keep her healthy after we got through with her that one year. She's doing a good job up here; she's teaching y'all how to say "y'all" and all that stuff."
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