MEET THE STAFF: Tai Dillard

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Tai Dillard

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Tai Dillard
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Sept. 25, 2013

First Installment - Meet Head Coach Matt Insell
Second Installment - Meet Assistant Coach Todd Schaefer

Assistant Coach Tai Dillard joined Matt Insell’s staff at Ole Miss and has been using her collegiate and professional playing experiences to help to teach Ole Miss women’s basketball squad. Dillard, who played collegiately at Texas, reached the 2003 Final Four with her Longhorn squad and also spent time playing in the WNBA with the San Antonio Silver Stars and with Maccabi Tel Kabir in the Israeli Premier League. Dillard talks with us about her playing experiences, what gets her “hyped” and the essentials she needs for a road trip.

Q:  From collegiate player to professional player to coach, you’ve had a variety of different basketball experiences.  How do you think your experiences will help the team this season?

Dillard: I believe that the majority of girls that play collegiate basketball have aspirations of playing at the highest level, either competing for national championships or playing professionally after college.  I use my experiences in playing at a high level collegiately and playing professionally, by sharing with the players the expectations required of them to achieve that goal of playing at a high level.  I will share with them the hard work, dedication and mental approach it takes to achieve greatness this season.

Q: What was your favorite thing about being a professional player? What’s your favorite thing about coaching? 

Dillard: My favorite thing about playing professionally was of course the traveling, but also playing alongside and against players I looked up to while in high school and college.  I loved the team camaraderie I had with my teammates.  My favorite thing about coaching is seeing a young girl come into the program and leave as a responsible and mature young lady when they graduate.  I love seeing the progression and growth each player makes on and off the court in the four years they have been on the team.

Q:  What is your go to “get hype” song?

Dillard: My get hype song has to be, it’s an old one, Ying Yang Twins Halftime Song!

Q: Who is the funniest member of the team and why?

Dillard: The funniest person on the team is Coach (Matt) Insell.  He is a comedian. 

Q:  What is the one thing that you can’t go on a road trip without?

Dillard: Some type of snack. Either cereal or fruit snacks.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in Oxford?

Dillard: Oxford Grille.

Q: Fill in the blank: Fans will see ______________ from the Ole Miss women’s basketball team this season?

Dillard: Passion, Pride and Poise.

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