NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – After 19 years coaching men’s basketball at Old Dominion University, Jim Corrigan now coaches the women.
“Women want to compete. They want to work. They want to win. They are coach-able. The best athletes of any gender, that would be the case,” said Corrigan.
Last year was not easy for Corrigan. In fact, in a word it was: “Tough. Tough. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and I think I am better off for it.”
Following the firing of Blaine Taylor, Corrigan was out of coaching for a couple months. His future in doubt.
“And I didn’t know if I would be able to get back into coaching,” he explained.
But all that changed with one simple phone call.
“I was sitting at home one day and I got a phone message from ODU Athletic Director Wood Selig and he asked me if I would be interested in coaching the women’s team. And I said sure,” said Corrigan.
When Taylor was fired mid-season last year, the Monarchs record was 2 and 20. Corrigan was named interim head coach and led the team to a 3-5 record. He is most proud of sharing that moment with his father who just passed away earlier this month.
“He had a chance to come see me coach one of those games. He was at the Wilmington game. He was fighting lung cancer at the time and I did not know how much longer he had and I did not think he would ever see me be a head coach in a game. That is probably the most special thing to me personally that came from it,” said Corrigan.
Now, in his 20th season coaching at ODU, Corrigan is grateful to be back at home and on the bench.
“A second chance is big and I have learned a lot of things recently that I think will make me a better coach,” said Corrigan.