It’s not just a welcome, but a welcome back to Connecticut for the University of Hartford Hawks new women's basketball coach.
It's a homecoming for Morgan Valley. Thursday morning, she was introduced as the ninth head women's basketball coach at the University of Hartford, marking an emotional return to Connecticut basketball for the former UConn Husky.
“You know when you're in the zone and feeling good on the court, that's how it’s felt,” Valley said as she was introduced as the program’s new coach on Thursday.
Valley got into coaching right after graduating from UConn in 2004 and after 14 years as an assistant at six different schools, she's ready for this opportunity.
You understand that there's different ways to do things,” Valley said. “Not just your way or the way you envision it and I think it just makes you a better coach.
She's also has a Hall of Famer and Connecticut legend in her corner.
Most head coaches are great teammates,” said UConn Women’s Basketball head coach, Geno Auriemma, who came to her introduction Thursday. “They're able to connect with everybody on the team and they're able to see the big picture more than most people can and she was able to do that.”
Praise from one of the all-time greats, that Valley isn’t taking for granted.
“You're the best there is coach,” Valley said, emotional at the podium. “And if there's one thing you ever taught me, it's that this game of basketball transitions to life.”