After coaching for many years, I felt like I had accumulated enough experience to merit sharing with others. Over the years, I have discovered that many of the conversations I had with my peers would leave me feeling like I had a point of view that was not widely held or considered. With so many part-time or less-experienced coaches entering the ranks, I felt that it was more valuable for me to share my thoughts with a wider audience rather than lament the lack of deep thinking in our community.
In addition to coaching, I also work as a Technical Coordinator in women's college volleyball, meaning that I spend a great deal of time collecting and analyzing data about the game at a high level. This experience has also given me insight on how we as coaches and athletes view statistics as well as how we use those statistics to inform training and competition. My job also requires me to collect and analyze video for use by our players and coaches. I am at my best in my job when I am connecting video, data, and learning.
I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Learning Science and Human Development. This work is an effort to bring the more formal and rigorous research and methods of the education field to coaching. I want to leverage my experience as a teacher and coach along with my passion as a learner to develop methods of educating coaches about sound teaching practices. I wish to absorb all I can about learning and apply that to how we teach sports to our youth. I believe that we can make a profound impact on coaches and athletes if we take the lessons learned about classroom instruction and adapt them to sport instruction.
What I do, what I have done, and what I will do are strongly influenced by a growth mindset. I am driven to continue to learn and grow. With this site, I want to continuously share what I am learning and thinking with others so that we can all grow together for the good of ourselves, our sports, and our athletes.