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From Lady Griz Player to Coach: Sonya Rogers

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After last season, long-time Lady Griz assistant coach Annette Rocheleau decided to retire, leaving a spot open on Robin Selvig's coaching staff.  The person who filled the spot happens to be the youngest assistant coach.

"I just think it's kind of nice because she can relate to everything we're going through.  For the guards it's really nice, because she has a lot of tips to give us," says Lady Griz junior guard Kellie Cole.

The reason Rogers can give tips to the guards, is because she had quite the career herself as a member of the Lady Griz.

"First of all, she was a great shooter, I think that's what everyone remembers about her, she has great footwork, quick release, led the nation in 3 point shooting percentage wise one year, but she was someone who lived in the gym, that played extremely hard, what I remember about her is she's a fitness nut," says Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig.

As the youngest member of the staff, not too far removed from her playing career, she says it has been a smooth transition from player to coach.

"I've been done for about five years now, my last year was 2009, I had a lot of girls ask me that the first game saying 'is this weird for you?' and I've been gone for awhile, and I didn't play with any of these girls, so it's not quite as weird as you might think," says Rogers.

"Sonya is a real motivator.  She works out all the time, and you can just see how beneficial college sports were to her, and how they helped her after college too," says Cole.

While she is technically a Graduate Assistant this season, pursuing a Masters in speech therapy, her presence as an assistant coach has been crucial for the team.

"She understands the game, she obviously understands our system.  But more than that, she's doing a great job with all the other stuff that people don't know coaches do.  All the office stuff, and getting involved in recruiting, she's excited to be involved, and we're lucky she is,"

And about that nation leading three point shot…does she still have it?

"I try to play with them and I get mad, and I think to myself, 'why am I getting mad, I don't practice like they do,' but I do get out and play with them a little bit, I try to keep it (her shot) consistent still, but it depreciates if you don't use it," laughs Rogers.

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