My school girls that I coach who started out as the most giggly almost uninterested girls are on their way to an All Ireland Final. I would just like a small moment to toot my own horn (toot, toot) for not only being a cool coach but also a successful one. In all seriousness, they worked so hard. It’s so crazy to just look at how much they’ve grown as a team since I first started working with them. They were all individually pretty good but their team cohesion was lacking. So I’ve been working to just use their good relationships off the court and their talent on the court to help fill that gap. And boy oh boy, they really have grown so much. It feels good to see that 1.) I actually learned something from my previous coaches and 2.) how easy it was to articulate my knowledge to them. In the past I’ve struggled with putting things in the right words. I know what I want to say. I know how I want the job done. But basketball has always been a just go out there and do it thing for me so coaching was a challenge in the beginning. It definitely gets easier when you get good results and the players can actually see/feel themselves getting better. Thankfully, they trust me and are come to training ready and willing. I really hope they win this game!! They want it so bad and their school has never made it this far. Even if they don’t win… I’m super proud of them and will remember this journey in the future.