Coach of the Year.
Our club held its first ever end of the season banquet and the final award given was Coach of the Year. Voted on by all the coaches in the gym.
And I won?
This is my second year coaching. I coached a regional team last year, was a high school varsity assistant this fall, and then jumped right back in this club season coaching two teams. I took on a 14s Club team, as well as an 18s National team.
I spent a minimum of 8 hours a week in the gym for practice. I spent every weekend from mid January through the end of April coaching somewhere. (I did have two weekends off). All while teaching full time and having another major shoulder surgery in March. People thought I was crazy, my family worried it’d be too much, but here’s the thing, I LOVED it. Was it stressful and draining at times, of course, but it was also incredibly rewarding. My knowledge and understanding of the game grew tremendously.
I coach because I love it. I love working with young kids and athletes. I love sharing my passion for the game. I love being involved with volleyball in a new capacity. I love shaping young minds. I do it because I love it.
To be recognized by my fellow coaches, many of whom I look up to, is a surreal feeling. As our club director stood up front and gave her speech about me, I stood shocked and teary eyed. To receive such a prestigious award tells me that I am exactly where I need to be.
I’m truly at a loss for words and cannot describe how grateful I am to have been selected as the first recipient of many. Coach of the Year.
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