This week was an interesting week for the Coaches Show. Right now, being in November, it is an interesting time in sports period. First, there is still football, volleyball and other fall sports going on. So, I have to keep in mind all those sports as I prepare for each show. Then, there are other winter sports starting up, specifically basketball. I love both football and basketball and both of those sports come to me very easily. But, it’s still interesting.
This week marked the transition from one season to another, from one time of year to the next. The fall is all about the leaves changing colors while enjoying the crisp air and a football game. Basketball, however, is about going to the gym when it’s cold and hoping your team makes more field goals than the other team. From my perspective, it’s about adding some balance to the entire sports season. It’s a time to exercise some flexibility and knowledge of the different sports that take place at this university.
This week also marked dealing with different personalities. So far, I have gotten used to talking with football, volleyball, soccer and cross country coaches. Now, I have to deal with basketball coaches, which are an entirely different breed. They tend to be intense and very vague on their answers. So, I’ve had to learn to adapt with each of the Coaches’ styles.
Finally, I get to help a new coach with his transition to a new school. Coach Kellogg, the head women’s basketball coach, is in his first year. He’s moved schools before (he used to be at WT, too) so he’s used to starting over at new programs. But it’s been interesting to see his personality as a coach, compared to the last one, specifically relating to how a woman (our former coach) approaches the game differently than a man does. Neither is right or wrong, by the way. Kellogg is very intense and very blunt whereas our last coach, to me, wasn’t.