During the 1980’s I coached baseball at the Little League, Babe Ruth [age 13-15} and High School level. I went 16 years not coaching any sport. In 2004 they needed an 8th grade girls basketball coach and they talked me into it. I was ready to get back into coaching but had never coached basketball. The first year was a learning experience. When I look back there is no doubt a more experienced coach would have gotten a few more victories from that team. I ended up coaching ten seasons, the two losing seasons were the first and last. I had some talented teams, some not so talented. The ones I enjoyed coaching the most were the less talented teams, helping to develop them as players. The best season I think or at least the most satisfying was taking a team that was 3-14 as 7th graders and going 14-3 as 8th graders. Not that my main goal was winning. I looked at my job helping to get them ready for playing in high school and trying to make the sport fun. Halfway through my 10th year [which was a nightmare year} I realized I was done. I finished the season and that was that. I can’t see myself ever coaching again but for the most part I enjoyed it. I remember an old quote from a Denver Broncos coach from the 1970’s John Ralston. He said after he resigned from the Broncos- that he resigned due to illness and fatigue- that ‘the fans were sick and tired of him.” I would say the same for myself- but not the fans but the parents from that last year. It just wasn’t worth it anymore. Maybe I stayed on a year too long but maybe I needed to know when I’d had enough.

The t-shirt from above I bought at a coaching clinic in the Pittsburgh area one spring. Top college coaches would come in every year and for a few days put on a clinic covering all aspects of the game. I thought it was important to always try and better my knowledge of the sport.