1. What do you love about coaching at your GA?
Coaching at Germantown Academy gives me another way to connect with students beyond academics. Helping student-athletes reach their goals is important. It is a tremendous challenge to achieve a balance between a commitment to academics and sports. It is a gift to be able to help provide for these student-athletes, many of whom are actors, artists, or musician as well.
2. Best coaching moment or memory?
There are so many great small moments in coaching as well as those huge moments in championship competitions. For me, the best moments are learning more about a sport from the athletes we coach, for example, when they do something you have never seen them do before. The best feeling is seeing a frustrated athlete pull themselves together, problem solve, struggle, and then win. To see a young person grow more confident and more passionate is awesome.
3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I have ever been given in the realm of athletics was, “Find a way to win.” The coaches did all the hard work during practices to get us ready to play. The game was our time to play how we practiced. It gave me a sense of responsibility to my teammates, coaches, and all those who afforded me the opportunity to play.
4. What advice would you give to middle school student hoping to play your sport in high school?
My advice to a Middle School student would be find joy in the sport. From there, develop a passion for it. After that, become a student of the sport and set your goals. Without the joy of playing, it is difficult to love doing the hard work needed to succeed.
5. Who has been your greatest coaching mentor?
I was fortunate to have two coaches that were able to challenge and encourage me to work harder than I ever thought I could. The first was Jim Talbot, my high school soccer coach. The next was Paul Assaiante, my college squash coach.
6. What is your favorite movie?
“What is my favorite movie?” is an impossible question to answer. For a sport related movie, I would have to go with Rudy, released in 1993. Sean Astin did a good job playing a character that was willing to do the work, no matter what. Sometimes it is hard to see the reward when there is so much sacrifice to be made.
"The GAme Of The Week" is a series that highlights one varsity team per week during the school year. Go GA!