The first assistant coach to be added to Jim Davis’ women’s basketball staff at Tennessee Tech was someone the veteran coach is familiar with on several platforms – she played for him at Clemson and coached against him at Towson State as an assistant coach. Erin Batth joined the Golden Eagle staff in July of 2012 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Batth was a player for Davis at Clemson from 1997 to 2001. In 1999 she helped lead the Tigers to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, and the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, one of four tournament appearances for Davis' teams. Batth ended her career by entering the Clemson record books as the first player in school history to be drafted by the WNBA.
After graduation from Clemson, Batth continued her playing career in the WNBA, originally drafted to the Cleveland Rockers, but joining the San Antonio Silver Stars and finally becoming a Sacramento Monarch. Batth has also played abroad playing for Panathanikos, one of Greece’s premier athletic programs, as well as Apollon in Greece and Migros in Turkey.
Her coaching career began at Virginia Commonwealth, where she was in charge of the development of the Rams’ post players. From there she moved to the West Coast spending time with the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs working in basketball operations along with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. She assisted in the NBA War Room during the drafts and provided support for the general managers and coaches. She also served as a liaison between the league offices and the teams. While in Sacramento, Batth was given the opportunity to work with John Wisenant, former GM of the Sacramento Monarchs and former head coach of the N.Y. Liberty, T.R. Dunn, Elston Turner as well as Scotty Brooks, who is the current head coach of the Oklahoma Thunder, among others.
At Towson Batth was involved in all aspects of the basketball program, including the growth and development of the Tiger post players. She was also involved in all aspects of recruiting, monitoring student athletes in the classroom and on the court, scouting opponents, organizing community service opportunities and managing the summer camps.
Returning back to the state of Virginia, Batth served as the director of women’s basketball operations of three years at the University of Virginia under Hall of Fame Coach Debbie Ryan. Batth was in charge of the Cavalier Classic Tournament and also managed the budget, team travel and community service opportunities. The Cavalier teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of the three years that Batth was at UVA.
Batth, a Marietta, Ga. native, was the first black female inducted to the Clemson Tiger Brother Hood, spent two years on the Clemson Minority Council, and was Clemson's representative for the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Board for three years. She was also nominated for the NCAA Student-Athlete Athletic Leadership Award twice, while receiving the ACC "Top Six" Award for community service in 2001. Batth is also the mother of a beautiful 11 year-old daughter named Sierra.