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Communication Studies Instructor Guest Coaches for Women’s Basketball Team

Posted Apr. 5, 2013

By Catherine Berry

Molly Taggart in the Women's Basketball team huddle


The Kent State University Women’s basketball game on February 20, 2013 was a game to remember for one Communication Studies instructor.

Ashley Evans, a public communication major and member of the women’s basketball team, first met Molly Taggart, part-time faculty member, in her Foundations of Communication course this semester. Evans had a feeling that Taggart was a cool person, who seemed to really like sports.

Taggart has been working at Kent State since 2004.

Evans asked Taggart to serve as an honorary coach for the Women’s Basketball team early on in the spring semester. Honorary coaching is when team members pick a favorite professor or instructor to come to a game and sit on the bench with the team, join huddles, listen to pregame speech, attend game day practice and the pregame meal.

Taggart said she was humbled when Evans asked her to be an honorary coach because she had only known Evans for a few weeks.

Taggart chose to coach at the game against Ohio University, which is her undergraduate alma mater.

Taggart said she was excited that every member of the team introduced themselves with a warm welcome and called her “Coach Taggart.”

Evans said that Taggart stood out compared to other honorary coaches. She joined in the huddles and was giving out high-fives to the whole team.

“Professors normally don’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes.” Said Evans.

Taggart said that serving as an honorary coach was a great way to see the responsibilities of the students outside of the classroom, especially for students on sports scholarships. She has a better understanding of the amount of time that it takes to be a student athlete.

Taggart said that Evans represents Kent State and the School of Communication Studies well and has high hopes for Evans to be captain of the team next year.

Kent may have lost this game, but Taggart and Evans took away an experience that will never be forgotten.