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Hoyas' Coach Is Ready for Sleepless Nights

Saturday, August 28, 2004; Page D02

Terri Flournoy says she is ready for the sleepless nights that come with being a head coach. She has had plenty of those already with her 8-month-old son, Eric Jr.

"He has not slept the last eight months," Flournoy said. "Who needs sleep? I'm used to it. He does very well sitting in my lap and watching game film."

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Flournoy, 35, was introduced at a news conference yesterday as the new Georgetown women's basketball coach, replacing Pat Knapp, who resigned in July to become the University of Pennsylvania women's coach. It is Flournoy's first head coaching position after 12 years as an assistant at Georgetown, Georgia and Southwest Missouri State. Details of her contract were not released.

Georgetown interim athletic director Adam Brick is not concerned about Flournoy's lack of head coaching experience.

"She has been under the tutelage of many great head coaches," Brick said. "She knows what it takes. We're happy to provide her with her first opportunity. . . . From a personal standpoint, I can't be the one to say, 'Well, you haven't done it before. Why should we give you the chance?' I certainly can't hold that against anyone."

Brick became Georgetown's interim athletic director after Joe Lang retired this summer. It is the highest athletic administration position he has held.

Flournoy, a native of Hampton, Va., returns to the school where she began her coaching career in 1992. She helped lead the Hoyas to their only NCAA tournament appearance in 1993.

"I'm so excited, so thrilled," Flournoy said. "It's unbelievable. It makes it all the better when you come back home."

Flournoy's goal is to make Georgetown competitive in the Big East Conference. The Hoyas have recorded winning conference records in only four seasons since 1982. They haven't finished better than fifth in the conference in the past six years. Last season, Georgetown went 13-15 overall, 7-9 in Big East, losing in the first round of the conference tournament.

-- Kathy Orton


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