But you have to find purpose through the pain, and strength through the struggle. The past few years have allowed me to gain perspective on what really matters: family. That time fueled my soul, and filled up my tank. My time away has reaffirmed that my purpose and true passion is coaching. I spent eight years on the bench at UConn, as both an assistant and head coach. When I took over as head coach in , UConn had just been placed on probation due to academic violations and handed a one-year ban on postseason play. We had also lost four out of five starters and were in the process of changing conferences.