Georgia women’s basketball coach Joni Taylor gives birth to daughter shortly before season starts

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Those who have kids will tell you bringing a child into the world is one of the most amazing experiences in life.

That’s exactly what happened to Georgia women’s basketball coach Joni Taylor on Thursday morning at 7:23 a.m.

Taylor gave birth to a daughter who she has decided to name Jacie Elise. She weighs six pounds, five ounces, and the the Georgia program reports both mother and child are doing well.

“Darius and I can’t express how blessed we are to be the proud parents of little Jacie,” Taylor said in a statement. “She is a beautiful, healthy baby girl and has already brought so much joy to our lives. I want to personally thank everyone for all the prayers and encouragement you have shown us during this time. We are truly blessed and fortunate to be a part of the Georgia family, and are excited that our baby girl will be a part of such a special community.”

Lady Bulldogs assistant coach Karen Lange is expected to take over the head coaching duties in an interim role until Taylor feels she’s ready to get back into the job. Georgia opens their regular season next Friday Nov. 11 with a home game against South Carolina State. The team finished last season 21-10 (9-7) but lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Indiana.

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