Day 3- April 1, 2012
Hello Redhawk Nation! We are reporting from poolside as we are finally relaxing in the sun after a long and exciting three days. We have heard the rain continues to come down in Seattle but who knew coming to Colorado would be like a tropical escape! Fortunately for us, for a short time we forgot we were in Denver and felt like we were on the beach in Hawaii. We don’t have too much more time to enjoy this weather because soon we will be headed to the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets, to watch the Final Four basketball games. This will be an awesome experience and we will get to see four of the top programs in the country in action. The first game will be between UCONN and Notre Dame and will be followed by the game between Baylor and Stanford. There will be so many great players and we are sure the atmosphere will be incredible! Also, it is exciting to see Stanford play since we had the opportunity to play them during our season.
Earlier in the day we finished up our participation in the “So You Want To Be A Coach Program”. We spent our day at the Convention Center, which is the location of the actual coaches convention and where all of their meetings, seminars, demonstrations and other activities took place. During our first session in the morning, we went to a basketball court they had set up and were able to watch one of the on-court demonstrations. These demos are run by various coaches or other special guests and consist of explaining some of their own drills, offensive or defensive concepts, and other ideas that they want to share about what they do with their student-athletes.
After watching a session on ball handling and making moves, we participated in mock interviews. We had two 15-minute interviews with actual coaches from various programs to practice the interviewing and job application principles we had discussed prior. These were a great opportunity to not only get a feel for what an interview might be like but also to talk to a certain coach for an extended period of time and expand our network of resources.
We had the last few coaches come and speak to our group as well. We learned about officiating, player development, and the rules of recruiting. Lastly, we took a class photo and were presented with certificates of completion to signify graduating from the program.
Overall, this was an amazing experience. The long days and tight schedule was definitely worth it. We will head back to Seattle tomorrow with a much greater knowledge of the coaching position, an expanded network of resources, and an endless amount of memories and helpful hints to make us better coaches and professionals in general. Whether it was seeing the Stanford band run down the streets of downtown, meeting some of the most successful and well-known coaches, working with hundreds of kids in the youth clinic, or having the opportunity to watch the two final four games in person with such an amazing atmosphere, this trip to Denver was one that will never be forgotten. Thank you to all of you who helped make this trip possible for us and also for the continuous and wonderful support we have received. Goodbye from Denver!