'He knows me so well that he can push my buttons very very well'

Father-daughter bond on the hardwood at UCC

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Dave Stricklin is the head coach of an extremely young squad this season at Umpqua Community College, with only one Sophomore on the roster.

Luckily for Dave, this Sophomore knows her basketball. She's Taylor Stricklin, Dave's daughter.

"I've got pictures of her in practice when she was three years old," said Dave. "So this is her 16th year in our program."

A standout player at Sutherlin High, Taylor joked she would play for her dad under one condition.

"I told my dad that if Duke or Tennessee didn't call me, that I was coming here," said Taylor. "Obviously as I got older, I knew that the junior college level was where I was gonna be able to play, and that's what was gonna be best for me, and it just made sense."

During Taylor's freshman year, the two say they each learned new traits about one another.

"I didn't really realize how competitive she is and how much winning means to her," said Dave.

"Because he knows me so well that he can push my buttons very very well," said Taylor. "He knows exactly the right things to say, especially to me."

Taylor's teammates say Coach Strickland gives his daughter no special treatment.

"Taylor addresses Dave as 'Dave,'" said Cielo Gonzalez, a Freshman at UCC. "I mean there's no 'dad,' there's nothing, it's just like any other player."

A father-daughter bond few families get to experience, making memories on the hardwood.

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