February 27, 2006: Barbara Farris (F/C) is signed as free agent.
|#54 Barbara Farris Tulane '98 (Signed as a free agent, 2006)
Born September 10,1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana; 6-3, 195
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- How does it feel to coach at your current school?
I am enjoying my first year coaching high school girls basketball. I am encouraging them to have fun and work hard so that you have no regrets.
- Farris is currently working at John Curtis Christian High School in Riverside, New Orleans as a high school teacher and coach for the girls basketball team. At John Curtis, Farris teaches the benefits of education. As a former professional athlete, she tries to incorporate sports into what the students are learning every day. "I enjoy it and I'm making the best of it" she says, "Sports provide a positive foundation in a child's life... [Sports] help with social awkwardness and give kids an opportunity to blend in their environment," she says, "Education and sports complement each other"
- How has life changed since you stopped playing professional basketball?
I recently had microfracture surgery on my knee so I haven't actually been able to play in almost a year. I played professionlaly for 11 years and I am very grateful for all those years. The countries that I have played in and the people that I have met along this journey have been remarkable.
- What has the WNBA accomplished in the past 15 years? How did that affect where you are now?
I think it's wonderful that young kids that are starting to play sports at such a young age now have female role models to look up too within the sport of women's basketball. Now young girls can dream what was unheard of when I was a child growing up. People are amazed at my professional playing experience and appreciate any basketball knowledge nuggets I can share.
- Do you have any regrets since you've stopped playing professional basketball?
I have no regrets. I enjoyed every moment of my playing career. Even the months that were spent in countries where I spoke little to none of the language or had only CNN to watch on the television. I have traveled all over the world playing a sport that I love and all the while I was being paid to do it. If that isn't favor I don't know what it is!!
- What do you miss about the Liberty?
I miss practicing, working out, and living in White Plains. I also miss exploring New York City. I loved how everyday was a new adventure. There are countless restaurants, boutiques and museums just waiting for you to fall in love with them.
- Do you have anything to say to the current Liberty players?
Enjoy every moment you are able to call yourself a professional athlete. Work hard and you will have no regrets.