Otis Key sees plenty of opportunity for the Lady Pioneers basketball team, and he's planning on using his experience as a former Globetrotter to take the players to the next level.
"The lessons that you learn as a player is something that you carry through your whole life. In my time with the Globetrotters, I was able to be around a number of great coaches and great basketball minds, and now I'm able to give that input to players," he said.
Key took the helm of the women's basketball team this semester, and he's settling nicely into his new role as a member of the Vol State family. He spent 10 years with the Globetrotters, in addition to coaching for the American Basketball Association Kentucky Bison and the Continental Basketball Association Bowling Green Hornets.
Key said his experience as a Globetrotter gave him many life lessons he plans on sharing with his players, as well as sound advice on training, diet, and prioritization of life as a student athlete.
"Player development is one the huge keys to me personally and being able to go through some of the things I went through on the court, it just makes them better players," he said.
With the start of the season just a few weeks away, Key said the team is doing a lot to improve their skills as they prepare to hit the court next month.
"I'm pleasantly surprised at how far along we are, and I realize that we still have a lot of work to do, but the team seems like they're willing to do that," he said.
The Lady Pioneers roster sees four returning players — Jenise Davis, Shenequa Foster, Ta'Keyha Flowers, and Victoria Dye. Key said he's excited for what they will bring to the team.
"I'm extremely excited about who is coming and the leadership they offer for the freshman," he said.
As a Globetrotter, Key participated in numerous community outreach programs. He is already looking for ways to connect the team to the greater community through volunteer work with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and United Way. Through team-building opportunities with those organizations, Key said they will become stronger players and people.
"I want the ladies to realize they have a great opportunity here, because there are less fortunate people out there. Yes, it's great they have an opportunity to play collegiate basketball, but they also have a great opportunity to become pillars of the community," he said.
The new season will kick off Nov. 7 with a home game against Columbia State Community College. For more on the Lady Pioneers, including a full season schedule, click here.