I’m very excited to be a part of the Glencoe community. I met many of our young ladies over the summer (and a special young man named Caleb, too), and have had so much fun just getting to know the kids. I’m very anxious for my first season with the Crimson Tide to start, which is approaching quickly!
I will be sharing with the high school girls this year my personal philosophies and values for the game of basketball. I believe in core values that represent who we are in the core of our being, demonstrating strong morals, discipline, and character. Teaching basketball is so much more than just teaching basketball, it’s about applying lessons learned to our everyday life. Our commitment, positivity, determination, and respect only improve relationships and outcomes. I strive to be a positive female role model for my athletes and help guide them toward growth and success.
I started basketball at the age of 6 playing Parks & Rec. My basketball experience was full of ups and downs, but what kept me playing was one of my coaches. He loved the game of basketball and it was contagious for us kids. He was a teacher of the game and that’s what I hope to be. I try to coach young kids with the same zest and love for basketball as he did. It is so important for these kids to have fun and enjoy their experience. A sense of belonging and camaraderie goes a long way for young athletes. As far as the girls are concerned, I would love to see them sharing the ball with each other. I would also love to see aggressive on ball defense and good help side if they get beat. Learning to help each other and support each other is important, and trust takes time to develop.
Jeremy, Rian, and Jeff have been so devoted to the youth of our community during this whole process. They take so much time and care to put things together and ensure that these kids have a memorable experience. Their commitment to youth basketball is inspiring. Tryouts for competitive teams are steadily approaching, and I know this can be a stressful time for kids. If your child is nervous, please have them come to the skills camps in October so they can meet us and other kids their age. I find it is usually helpful to see a familiar face when tryouts come about.
As a community, it is important that we support each other and our young athletes. These teams will experience failures and successes in the coming months. It is crucial that as parents, coaches, and role models, we teach them how to win with class and lose with grace. At the end of the day we all share one common goal: that these kids have fun playing the game of basketball. We are all one big team and I look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces at our basketball games this winter.