Raegan Pebley Introductory Press Conference Quotes
April 1, 2014
TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr.
"It is with great pleasure today that I join you in welcoming Coach Raegan Pebley to the TCU family.
This is also a big day for TCU. It helps us emphasize what we're trying to do for our students. We're trying to make our students have a great experience both inside and outside the classroom. One of those aspects outside the classroom is our great women's basketball team.
In addition to excelling in women's basketball, we're trying to provide top quality athletic programs to all of our students who want to participate and all of our students who want to watch. I think this is another example of someone you're going to love watching.
We've gotten to know her over the last two days and I think she's going to be great."
TCU Chairman of the Board of Trustees Clarence Scharbauer
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees this is another example of a commitment that we are making to this University. You've seen the facilities around here and where we are trying to put top-flight coaches in positions, and trust me, she interviewed really well.
TCU is a great University and we have a lot of great things going on and we're going to win. We've got a commitment to the Big 12, and I'm telling you, we are going to win in the Big 12."
TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte
"Do you see the bulldozers out there? That is called progress. It's 62 years in the making. Today is an awesome day in hiring a new coach, tearing down an old building and building something special.
In going through this process we were looking for someone who would be the right fit for TCU. I met with our student-athletes and with the women's basketball team. Thank you for your patience and your loyalty and your honesty to Texas Christian University. You guys are truly special people, and through this process we always had you in mind.
We set out to hire a winner. She knows how to coach. She started a program from scratch (Utah State) at 26 years old and built a winner and took them to two WNIT appearances.
She gets a great opportunity to go to Fresno State and gets 20-plus wins two years in a row. She really didn't want to leave Fresno State, but her parents are from McKinney, she has a sister in Austin, and a sister in Dallas. It was like her heart was tugging at her to come home and all we had to do was recruit her a little bit.
The idea was that we wanted to recruit someone that was special for us and understood the state, understood competing at the highest level and played at the highest level. And when you're around her for more than two minutes, she's a winner.
This is a great day for our family. This is a great day for the Pebley family and I thank you for entrusting us with your daughter. Welcome to our family."
TCU Women's Basketball Head Coach Raegan Pebley
"I've got a lot of family here in Texas. My mom and dad are in McKinney, and a sister in McKinney and a sister in Austin and a sister-in-law in Plano, and we have cousins here for my two kids. My in-laws are here as well.
This is so special. It is so rare in this profession, and not in just athletics but in education, that you can blend family and a great opportunity like this.
As soon as I went online and saw what's happening here and that this is a student-focused institution,that was a huge selling point for me.
I gained my love for coaching from my father. I knew I wanted to do this job. I saw him finding ways, while he was supporting a family of so many kids, to coach and be a part of this game and I wanted do that.
I can promise you that these student-athletes and these women who make up the TCU women's basketball team will be a part of my family. I'm going to hug you hard and I'm going to push you and I am going to challenge you and help you grow. I'm going to be there for you and high-five you when you hit that game-winning shot and I will be the first to pick you up when you miss it.
We can't do this alone. I have great visions and great goals for TCU women's basketball. When I sat down with Chris (Del Conte) and the committee and the trustees I was really excited to hear that their vision is my vision, that we graduate our student-athletes and they graduate feeling that the best days of their lives were here at TCU, and that they are prepared for whatever comes next.
We will create memories and those memories will include amazing things off the floor and on the floor. We're going to cut down nets -- that never gets old, that is so fun. We're going to work really hard because it is going to take a lot of hard work to do that. This conference is no joke. There are amazing players in this conference, and we will attack it humbly, but with so much effort and tenacity.
My No. 1 priority will be developing relationships with these young women and their families. I know that their families entrusted TCU with their most prized possession and I take that responsibility very seriously.
This state is arguably filled with some of the best coaches in the country -- men's basketball, women's basketball, university level, pro level, club level, high school level, and I can't wait to help them see how they are a part of our vision here at TCU and that we need them and that they will be cutting down the nets right there with us.
This opportunity is one that I value, I cherish. It's a blessing professionally and personally as well. I am committed to participating in this University at all levels as a leader of our women's basketball team and I want to grow as a leader for this University in any way that you need. I will serve this institution and our alumni, our fans, our team, and our families in any way that I can.
I will bring pride to you all. I will continue the pride and tradition that has already been established. We're going to graduate student-athletes, we're going to cut down nets and we're going to have a lot of memories. We're going to play a fun style of basketball and we're going to work hard.
I thank you for all of your support. I want to go to work. I want to go coach and recruit."