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GAme Of The Week: Meet Coach Jackie Connard '06

What do you love about coaching at your school?

I love being a part of the GA hockey tradition. I have such fond memories of my time as a student-athlete at GA and being a part of fostering that for the next generation is such a special opportunity. I especially appreciate the relationships I’ve developed with other coaches, student-athletes and their families that continue beyond the time they spend on the field and at GA.

Best coaching moment/memory?

There’s so many to choose from, but I think the best was beating Notre Dame, 2-1, in OT in 2018 to seal the Inter-Ac championship. I remember being so proud of the way that team worked together and continued to improve all season, and watching all their hard work and dedication pay off was inspiring.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

This one’s so common, but so critical: focus on the things you can control, and ignore the rest. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but transcends sports and is something that you can embrace in all aspects of life.

What advice would you give to Middle School student hoping to play your sport in high school?

First – play because you love to, and make sure you’re enjoying the process. Second – focus on the fundamentals. The best athletes aren’t the ones with the fancy moves, they’re the ones who consistently do the basics exceptionally well.

Who has been your greatest coaching mentor?

Probably my youth club coach, Clarence Jennelle. He taught me so much about hockey, sport, teamwork and coaching. Maybe the most important lesson learned from Clarence is that everyone on a team has a role to play; everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. The best teams and the best coaches maximize the strengths of each team member, and minimize the impacts of the weaknesses.

What is your favorite movie?

It’s a tie between Forrest Gump and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

"The GAme Of The Week" is a series that highlights one varsity team per week during the school year. Go GA!