The Lady Tigers basketball team was abysmal last year. The team finished the 2007-2008 campaign with a 2-26 record which, led to firing of then coach David ” Rusty”Ponton.The basketball program gets a clean slate, introducing a premiere head coach loaded with years of experience and ready to elevate GSU basketball back into stardom.
New head coach Donita Drain comes from Langston University, where she took a small school in Oklahoma and turned it into a basketball powerhouse.
During her tenure, she produced 244 wins, (four 20-win seasons) six NAIA Division I Tournament appearances, two Red River Athletic Conference Championships.
Q: . What was your reaction when GSU selected you to be the new head coach of the Women’s basketball program ?
A: Absolutely ecstatic and honored. I just can’t think of another HBCU with the name recognition and tradition that Grambling has. For me to be selected out of all the applicants is truly an honor as a player and coach
Q: Was it hard leaving not only Langston but the state of Oklahoma?
A: Yes, it will be difficult after being there for 13 years. Its 10 to 15 players on that team I am really close to.It will be difficult but I am embracing change and I am ready to get started here at Grambling State.
Q: As you know the team was 2-26. How do you plan to change the basketball program here at GSU?
A: Were really going to work on changing the mind set of our players. Grambling has the raw talent and ability to do it.This season we are going to be a product of what we say and do and what we believe.
Q: What goals do you plan to for GSU this upcoming season?
A: We obviously want to get back to the top of the SWAC. Grambling is very competitive in every sport. That’s our nature to do the best and accept nothing less. We want to win, stay competitive, work hard, and be the team to watch out for in the SWAC.
The women’s basketball team has not officially released their schedule, according to GSUTigers.com. However, The Gramblinite will follow their season closely.