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B&B: Unsung coaching heroine is back Down Under

A FORMER captain of the Canberra Capitals, a WNBL championship winner in Adelaide Lightning's greatest ever team and one of our most unsung yet successful international coaches, Cherie Cordoba joins Brad Rosen and I for our Brad&Boti podcast. But let's face it. You most likely remember her as Cherie Hogg or Hoggy. 

Originally hailing from Murray Bridge, about an hour's drive from Adelaide, Hoggy was a young star with Sturt and SA Country before winning a scholarship at the AIS.

That led her to the Canberra Capitals and also a college career at UNLV before she became a Caps captain, then playing a final WNBL season at Adelaide Lightning.

That was a super team which boasted Jae Kingi, Jo Hill, Carla Boyd, Michelle Brogan and Rachael Sporn as its starters but had a bench of Hoggy, dual-Olympian Marina Moffa, Trudie Hopgood, Simone Scovell and Tania Dhu - a quintet good enough to beat a few WNBL teams by itself!

Playing stints in Europe before a severe injury led Cherie back to University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) as an assistant coach and her journey as a mentor was underway.

She has since been an assistant or associate head coach in major programs at Indiana University, Hofstra University, LSU, Buffalo, and Wake Forest, and was ready to be associate head coach at Syracuse before personal circumstances saw her return to Australia last month.

Her amazing athleticism and ability to read the game means the mother of two still holds college records for steals.

And she is a member of the SA Sports Hall of Fame and the Basketball SA Hall of Fame as a member of the Lightning's 1996 champion.

Hoggy talks coaching and also of her four years based at Christies Beach Police Station as a police constable and how that helped her in her extensive coaching career.

And she remains forever grateful for the opportunites basketball gave her in seeing the world, which included winning a championship in Wales and also a pro career in Holland, Germany and Spain.

Should Basketball Australia be reaching out to this great coaching talent? We think so.

Brad and I also share our Rosen Rattler and Nagy Nasty thoughts, review the WNBL, NBL and even the Boomers in Kazahkstan. Hit this link to hear it all now, or go to Spotify or Apple podcasts. 

Nov 11

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