Raimee's Day 3 Blog: "So You Want to Be a Coach"
April 4, 2011
Day 3 was by far the best day! We only had about four sessions today. Something that was different and very nerve-racking was mock interviews with real head coaches. Many of the "So" girls were very nervous about these mock interviews. Even though they were fake interviews, these girls still could possibly leave an impression on the head coaches. This could allow networking to occur for the girls looking for a coaching job. If an assistant coaching job opens up, then these coaches could remember the girls that stood out to them during the mock interviews. Not only could the coaches use the girls for their benefit, but they also could reference a good interviewee to another coach looking for an assistant. This made it very stressful for these 64 "So" participants because they are all looking for coaching jobs and any opportunity to stand out.
During these interviews, I wasn't as nervous because I am fortunate enough to already be assigned to help coach at the Prep School. I still had a great experience with the event though. To my surprise, Beth Burns from San Diego State University was a head coach helping with the "speed dating" mock interviews. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Coach Burns. Before this interview I had always been a little intimated by her. Her team has always been one of the tougher teams in the Mountain West Conference and she has always stood out to me as a passionate and very serious competitor. However, I loved my interview session with her because it really wasn't an interview and she was cool. *smile* She talked most of the time, which I liked because I didn't really want to talk; I wanted to hear more from her. She gave great advice about how to be successful in the coaching business and how to transfer that passion you have as a player into passion for being a coach. She also complimented the team and I on how well we did on our win against CSU at the MWC tournament. It was a great experience for me to see the other side of Coach Burns, rather than see her as strictly an opponent.
After our interviews, the "So You Wanna Be A Coach" program wrapped up with a presentation of certificates for each participant. Later that evening, we finally got to go the Final Four games. This was an amazing experience. I don't know if any of you watched the games, but both games were nail-biters to the very end. I couldn't believe the underdogs of each game won over the top dog. The atmosphere in the arena and being around so many people that supported women's basketball was an experience I will never forget. One of my favorite parts of the night, was not only to see Notre Dame upset UCONN, but to also watch Maya Moore play. She isn't the typical outstanding star player. She is a real class act. I really look up to any star player that can act in a respectable manner as Maya Moore. She isn't cocky, but she is confident. I think there is a very fine line between being prideful and confident, and she does an outstanding job of showing her confidence without being boastful, especially with all the publicity she receives from the media. I feel bad she didn't win her national title her senior year, but I know she will do amazing things in the WNBA.
This experience of coming to Indianapolis has been a rewarding one. This memorable weekend I have learned so many important aspects of coaching. I think that the things I learned from "So You Want To Be A Coach" not only will help my coaching endeavors, but it easily transfers to all aspects of my life outside of coaching and basketball. Learning the importance of relationships and developing young women have been the two most important aspects I'll take away from the experience. I'm thankful for my coaching staff that made it possible for me to attend and I look forward to putting into action the things I have learned this weekend into coaching next year.