“We’re Going To Do Great Things” K-State Holds Jerome Tang’s First Press Conference
MANHATTAN, KS (KSNT) — Kansas State Athletics held an introductory press conference for new men’s basketball head coach Jerome Tang on Thursday afternoon.
Tang thanked the people who supported him, told stories about his coaching history and shared his vision for K-State basketball with fans.
“We are going to achieve great things together and it won’t take long. It won’t take long. I didn’t come to rebuild, I came to uplift,” Tang said.
Tang said the moment K-State athletic director Gene Taylor offered him the job was a moment that will always be special for him.
“He looked me in the eye and he said ‘Look Jerome…I want you to be my head coach of our basketball program and I trust you that you’re going to do the right thing and that you are going to help us win, and I feel that with all my heart,” Tang said.
Tang arrives in Manhattan with a very close relationship with Baylor head coach Scott Drew after working alongside Drew for 19 years.
“When coaches leave programs and people leave and find other jobs, there’s like a deep divide that happens that breaks ties. I’ll let you know that won’t happen… except for two or three nights a year… when it’s going to be really, really hard… for them,” Tang said with a smile. K-State fans responded with a big cheer.
Tang said he learned things like the popular K-State hand gesture, as well as phrases like “EMAW” and “Go Cats.”
“It’s an incredible blessing. I’ve lived a blessed life, but this is just the beginning of very, very big things that are going to happen,” Tang said.