I’d like to be called…Coach Ryan

Posted By: Ryan Oliver
Posted On: September 27th, 2016
Attending: Ulster University

            You’re talking to the newest coach of the Tigers Basketball Club right here in West Belfast. I’m very lucky to be a part of this club team and all it has to offer. The club has a big following and a bunch of kids involved. After showing up to the first practice I was pretty nervous to start. After I was introduced to the kids it was time to get to work!


            It was cool to see how the kids looked up to me and were very accepting of me being there. I quickly lost any nervousness and felt right at home while coaching! I was able to help when others coaches were running a drill along with some 1 on 1 attention with a couple kids to ensure they understood the drills and exercises. I was paired to coach with the Under 14 and Under 16 boys team. After completing college basketball and learning from my great coaching staff at Siena I was able to apply and use the same principles and tricks I learned from my time there.


            One of the best feelings I received that day was seeing these kids make gains by the end of the practice session. I taught them the importance of continuing to get better and make sure to practice good habits. The gains made in that two-hour practice session was very rewarding and I can’t wait to work with them again next week!  

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