In 2001, I began coaching high school basketball at my alma mater, Chestnut Hill Academy. I remember the speech that I gave to my first team, freshman basketball, in that first locker room. I knew that day that I was beginning a new journey. I also quickly wanted to prove that I was a great coach.
Looking back, I didn't know what I was doing. I knew how to play and I knew what I wanted to accomplish, but didn't know how to break it down and coach other people to get those results. Since that time, I have had a lot of practice, and learned a lot through trial and error, and reflection.
Yesterday at 4:15p, 15 years later, I began my first Varsity season as a Head High School Basketball Coach. Though twice in the past eight years I served as an interim Varsity head coach, replacing head coaches during the middle of the season. And for the first time I began a season coaching high school girls, something I never dreamed of.
What a journey! Upon reflection, I can say that even after just one day, it was worth the wait.
I've learned a lot about coaching over the years, and one of the most important lessons that I've learned is that if you believe in yourself, and believe in something so strongly, you should never allow anyone or anything deter you from it. And when you hear no, or you're not what we're looking for, you essentially have two choices:
- Give up
- Continue to relentlessly pursue your goals
I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to coach SCH Girls Basketball. We have a brand new team this year with many new players. We are beginning a new journey, together. I can say that that ride to get here was worth it, and in the words of my father's favorite author and former Sunday Morning television host Charles Kuralt, "I can see the road is turning, I wonder what's around the bend."