Day 2 - March 31, 2012
Hello Redhawk Nation! The life of a coach is a grind. This was a message delivered over and over today and we can officially say we have somewhat experienced that. Today was a great day and was full of numerous activities and opportunities.
We began the morning with a trip to a local high school to assist with a youth clinic. This was an awesome experience. The clinic consisted of four different stations lead by numerous college coaches from all over the country. Our job during this time was to assist those coaches at the stations. There were probably between 200-300 kids all ages at the clinic and there was a ton of energy and enthusiasm for the whole morning! This was a great chance for us to work with college coaches and have interactions that we don’t get during the seminars of the program. Our networks are expanding!
One of the numerous highlights of the day came while we were waiting to begin the clinic. We were sitting with the whole group of the “So You Want To Be A Coach” participants in the bleachers watching an entertainment performance to kick off the clinic. The MC was announcing that we were in the building and giving us a little “shout-out”. We were dressed in navy blue and white sweat suits provided to us by the program to wear for the clinics and the MC was a little thrown off. He announced us as the UCONN women’s basketball team because of our navy blue sweats. We kind of looked at each other a little shocked and surprised but decided to enjoy the moment while it lasted and live the celebrity life of a final four team. The excitement was short lived and they soon figured out we were there to help coach. However, for a short period we got to pretend we were two starting guards on a final four team!
After the clinics we came back to the hotel for the afternoon and evening sessions. We heard speeches from college coaches and other professionals covering topics such as what it is like to coach a non-division one team, how to prepare for interviews and get hired for a job and lastly how to manage parents as a coach. These discussions were very interesting and we will benefit greatly as we move forward especially with the information and tips on applying for jobs and preparing for interviews; which awaits us shortly as we enter the real world. Slightly surreal to think about but that is why we are here and are soaking up this opportunity! Goodnight from the Mile High City!