Thefirst assistant coach to be added to Jim Davis’ women’sbasketball staff at Tennessee Tech was someone the veteran coach isfamiliar with on several platforms – she played for him atClemson and coached against him at Towson State as an assistantcoach. Erin Batth joined the Golden Eagle staff in July of 2012 andbrings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Batthwas a player for Davis at Clemson from 1997 to 2001. In 1999 shehelped lead the Tigers to the Atlantic Coast ConferenceChampionship, and the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, one offour tournament appearances for Davis' teams. Batth ended hercareer by entering the Clemson record books as the first player inschool history to be drafted by the WNBA.
Aftergraduation from Clemson, Batth continued her playing career in theWNBA, originally drafted to the Cleveland Rockers, but joining theSan Antonio Silver Stars and finally becoming a Sacramento Monarch.Batth has also played abroad playing for Panathanikos, one ofGreece’s premier athletic programs, as well as Apollon inGreece and Migros in Turkey.
Hercoaching career began at Virginia Commonwealth, where she was incharge of the development of the Rams’ post players. Fromthere she moved to the West Coast spending time with theWNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs working in basketball operationsalong with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. She assisted in theNBA War Room during the drafts and provided support for the generalmanagers and coaches. She also served as a liaison between theleague offices and the teams. While in Sacramento, Batth was giventhe opportunity to work with John Wisenant, former GM of theSacramento Monarchs and former head coach of the N.Y. Liberty, T.R.Dunn, Elston Turner as well as Scotty Brooks, who is the currenthead coach of the Oklahoma Thunder, among others.
AtTowson Batth was involved in all aspects of the basketball program,including the growth and development of the Tiger post players. Shewas also involved in all aspects of recruiting, monitoring studentathletes in the classroom and on the court, scouting opponents,organizing community service opportunities and managing the summercamps.
Returningback to the state of Virginia, Batth served as the director ofwomen’s basketball operations of three years at theUniversity of Virginia under Hall of Fame Coach Debbie Ryan. Batthwas in charge of the Cavalier Classic Tournament and also managedthe budget, team travel and community service opportunities. The Cavalier teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of thethree years that Batth was at UVA.
Batth,a Marietta, Ga. native, was the first black female inducted to theClemson Tiger Brother Hood, spent two years on the Clemson MinorityCouncil, and was Clemson's representative for the NCAAStudent-Athlete Advisory Board for three years. She was alsonominated for the NCAA Student-Athlete Athletic Leadership Awardtwice, while receiving the ACC "Top Six" Award for communityservice in 2001. Batth is also the mother of a beautiful 11year-old daughter named Sierra.