Joanna Reitz joined the University of West Georgia’s staff as new women’s basketball coach in April. Not only bringing in her own expertise, Reitz also hired new staff to assist and utilize their skills for the team.
Reitz comes from a background of high-level assistant coaching at D1 and D2 schools. Before coming to Carrollton, she was at the University of Utah, University of South Carolina-Aiken, Mercer University, Shorter University and Florida State University. Reitz herself played basketball at Covenant College.
After assistant coaching for many years, Reitz now operates the position of head coach.
“When I interviewed, I was impressed with the leadership and camaraderie of the staff,” said Reitz. “Second, I loved the opportunity to be the head coach. Lastly, I liked the idea of balance. When I was at Utah, I worked constantly and was on the road all the time. Being here it will not be that way.”
The Wolves’ season is approaching fast and she could not be more excited to get this season started with her new girls.
“I love watching our team get better,” said Reitz. “Already in these two months I have seen improvement in the skill level as individuals and the team improve. I am excited to watch the team get better everyday.”
This season is going to be a great rebuilding year for the women’s basketball team. They are starting from the ground up to be the best in the division. Reitz has many goals to improve the program.
“There are really three simple things that make a team great,” said Reitz. “These three things are talent, culture, and habits.
“Talent comes from recruiting and working on player development,” continued Reitz. “Culture is what we are being right now. It defines who we are. It is just the behaviors we allow and how we act. I am excited with the group I have now and the foundation we are building for years to come.”
Revamping a new atmosphere under her coaching style and standards will require teamwork above all else. Not only navigating the new dynamics with the coaching staff but also with the new players on the roster. UWG women’s basketball has a long fun-filled season ahead of them.
As a new team, they have the potential to develop stronger skills and transform. The women’s basketball team has a great future ahead of them.