September 17th, 2015 | Uncategorized
Growing up, the football movie Remember the Titans was always an all-time favorite of mine. Not because the setting was in Virginia or that Denzel Washington was the main character, but the head coach’s name was Coach Boone. During my time here in Ireland, I have every intention to become just as great of a coach; unfortunately, the girls I will be coaching do not call me Coach Boone. In Ireland, it is common for people to address a coach by their first name.
Every Thursday night, I am the assistant coach to the Wildcat’s 12 and under girls club team from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. During practice, I was evaluating everyone’s skill level where some of the girls were advanced and others not so much. Because of the talent differences, I had to create drills that broke down the principles of basketball in to baby steps. Coaching is not as easy as one would think but I gave my best efforts to challenge them.
Sitting back and watching each and every one of them mimic the drill to the best of their abilities was sensational. Even in times of frustration, they were attentive to learning how to do it correctly. As a coach, I want them to excel in basketball but seeing moments of them hiding their little smirks and smiles are more gratifying. By the end of the year, the Wildcats and I plan to be a great as Phil Jackson and the Chicago Bulls in the 90s 😉
Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: CAA
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland