An Interview by Senior Captain Tymira Holman and Coach Emily Johnson
Tymira Holman (TA) : How would you describe your coaching style?
I like to coach confidence in practice so when a player is put in to a situation in a game, she will not relying on me to tell her what to do. I’m not a yeller; I’d rather coach with a mutual respect from both the players and the coach
How long have you been coaching for? Did you participate/play basketball in high school and college?
I’ve played basketball since I can remember. In high school, from freshmen year on, I switched back and forth between Varsity and JV. During senior year, I was given the choice to either be on the bench or pretty much run the JV team. I chose the JV team so that I could play more.
In college, I worked two jobs so I didn’t have time to play. I also rode on the equestrian team and played on the lacrosse team. I was more of a practice person on the college basketball team. I’d just show up to practice and help them with training the point guards since I didn’t know any plays.
I coached college level lacrosse for eight or so years and then tried to get involved in the administration for Division 1 college level sports, but discovered how much I missed the coaching aspects. Then, I came to Dublin and have been coaching ever since I came.
Do you plan to continue coaching in future years?
Yes. I really enjoy the connection between players.
Do you find it difficult to balance your time between your personal life and basketball?
I do, but at the same time since I’ve been coaching and been a part of athletics for so long that it is a part of our family makeup. Freeman (my son) loves being in the gym anyways so it is easy to make it work.
Who is your greatest role model? Either personal or as a coach.
As cheesy as it sounds, I would probably say my mom just because she was actually an athlete as well but didn’t have as much opportunity as I did. Through her life, she’s been knocked down a bunch of times but has always fought through and continued, without letting it change her life or personality. She’s taught me to be really strong and to never give up.
Sportswise, I’ve always looked up to Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues on his playing ability because he was so short (5’3). Plus he made the NBA back in the day.
What do you consider your strength as a coach to be?
My strengths as a coach would probably include caring about each player and wanting to do the best for them. To really help them understand the team makeup and what every player adds to the team. What were your coaching goals for the team this year? This year, because of so many new players who were making an immediate impact on the team, I wanted the team to all work together. I didn’t want any of the games to direct only towards one player but to all five on the court. I really push the program to go up against harder teams that we’ve struggled with before—and we did.
What are three things that you’ve experienced in coaching that you have learned from or have taught you something new?
One of them is dealing with drama and sometimes there is healthy drama or really annoying drama. And how to deal with drama. Another one is how important pushing yourself is. Pushing and coaching your team to get them to where you want them to be as players. Always keep that kind of fun attitude because if you aren’t having fun then it isn’t worth it . Sports should show growth and be fun.