Making or breaking your love for the sport

Imagine you are running on the eld, up and down, again and again. You start to feel weak. You don’t want to do these drills over and over. You don’t want to x what the coach is yelling at you to do differently. So, you stop.

Student athletes can love a sport, but hate the coach. So what happens when an athlete hates the coach so much, they start to hate the sport? Or what happens when an athlete loves the coach that they feel themselves becoming more passionate about the sport?

Sarah Ramsey '16, Photo credits by Ana Paula and Alex Nagy

Whether a player chooses to stick with the sport or not, a lot of it comes down to the coach. How they coach, who they are as a coach and if the best interest of the players is put first. When coaches are unfair and favor certain players but don’t acknowledge all the others, it can put players down. It can cause the athletes to not have as much fun, or to want to stop playing altogether.

Now, tough coaches aren’t always bad. They push their athletes to their limits and beyond, improving their players’ skill. But there comes a time when it is just too much. Senior Alex Nagy has experienced this before. But unlike some people, instead of quitting, she pushed through it.

Alex Nagy '17

“I’m very glad I pushed through it. That coach isn’t coaching anymore and I am most likely going to play in college,” Nagy said. “You can’t let a coach ruin the sport for you.”

At the high school level, it is important to be committed to the sport, especially if an athlete is considering playing at the collegiate level. The type of coach an athlete has can be crucial to an athlete’s performance at the prime time of being recruited. Having a coach who makes one dislike the sport can impact the level of play and the fight put forth on the eld. Recruiters do not only look for skill, but leadership, passion, and fight as well. Having a coach who makes an athlete want to improve and want to fight for their team, is the ideal coach to have, according to Nagy.

2016 recent graduates Sarah Ramsey and Eily Cogan are off to college playing at the collegiate level for lacrosse. Ramsey plays at Depauw University and Cogan at Wheeling Jesuit University. They both loved the sport, but they also had a coach pushing them to be their best and encouraging them to be leaders. Their coach who gave them even more passion and love for the sport.

“I thought I wanted to play in college. But when Coach Noone was my coach, I was sure. She pushed me to be the best I could, not only on the eld, but as a person too. She made me love the sport of lacrosse even more,” Cogan said.

Eily Cogan '16

Ramsey always knew she would play in college; it was a dream of hers. “I always loved lacrosse, but Coach Noone believed in me and helped me strive to be even better. She always made me want to fight until the end of every game, even knowing it wouldn’t be my last,” Ramsey said.

The coach isn’t the end all- be all decision maker of whether athletes choose to continue with a sport all four years or even to the college level. Some athletes just have coaching preferences they prefer such as working for their position and everyone being treated equally.

Other athletes are indifferent about the coach because they choose to play for themselves and only that. But, either way, the type of coach can aid in making that decision a little bit easier when the athlete is borderline.


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