LOGAN, Utah - With three positions open on the Utah State women’s basketball coaching staff this off-season, there are three new faces for fans to become acquainted with. Ashley Gill was named an assistant coach for the Aggies on May 3 after spending nine seasons at Washington State. We sat down with her to get to know her and see how she is settling into life in Logan.
What is your basketball background?
Gill: “I started my career at Washington State as a graduate assistant and a video coordinator. I got promoted to assistant coach and just worked my way up. Eventually I was made the recruiting coordinator. I have lots of background recruiting internationally and in Hawaii.”
What is your favorite part about coaching?
Gill: “Not a lot of people like recruiting, but I really enjoy that. I like the competition of it. I like getting to know kids, then when they come to school and become one of your student-athletes, I like to build that relationship and see how they grow and change. You really learn who you are when you’re in college. Being able to have an impact on college girls like that is awesome.”
What drew you to the job at Utah State?
Gill: “The girls on the team sold the job for me when I came to my interview on campus. But getting there, Coach Fink was a huge part of it. He is a family guy and believes in family-life balance while coaching. Being a female with a little kid in the coaching industry is hard. He is making that doable and I really appreciate that.”
What is your role on the staff going to be?
Gill: “I am coaching the guards and will help with the offense.”
What is a favorite memory from your career?
Gill: “We beat Maryland in 2014 when they were ranked eighth, playing in Puerto Rico. The year before, we beat Nebraska on their court when they were in the top-10. Those are definitely two highlights.”
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not on the basketball court?
Gill: “I’m always hanging out with my 1-year-old. She’s very busy, so we do everything. She does not like sitting.”
You’re married and have a daughter, can you tell us about them?
Gill: “My husband’s name is Trevor, and he’s awesome. He has made so many sacrifices for me to be able to live my dream and coach. I love and appreciate him for that. Right now he’s doing the stay-at-home-dad thing and will start looking for jobs here soon. Our daughter, Kendall, is 16 months old and is a lot of fun. She’s very busy and keeps us on our toes.”
If you were in a career outside of coaching, what would it be?
Gill: “My first instinct would be to be a high school athletic director, but I’d have to think about that.”
What have your early impressions of Logan been?
Gill: “We bought a house and got moved in in Providence. The valley feels a lot bigger than Pullman, where I’m from. There’s a lot to do with so many outdoor activities. We’re excited to be here.”
Coming from the Pac-12, what do you see in the Utah State program and the Mountain West?
Gill: “I honestly don’t think there is as big of a difference as people like to make it sound like between the Pac-12 and the Mountain West. Utah State’s facilities are really nice. The Mountain West is a great conference and I’m excited to be here.”
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? If you could coach or play a game in any gym, where would that be?
Gill: “For vacation, I would love to go to Bora Bora. I’m such a tropical vacation kind of person. I’ve never been there, but it looks so beautiful. Basketball-wise, I’d probably pick somewhere in Europe. I’ve been to Australia several times, and Europe has good basketball in the style of play that I like.”
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