11:30 a.m. — Continuing with recruiting, at 11:30 a.m. I had a FaceTime call from an international recruit to go over some questions that she had regarding the American collegiate system. As an international myself, I can relate to many of the recruits and always enjoy highlighting my experiences and what the college system has to offer.
I had a a fellow Scottish coach, Michelle, from women’s soccer, stop by my office to say “hi." I always enjoy interacting with other coaches in the department. I make a point of going to the other buildings to see what other sports teams are up to and say “hi” to our administrators from time to time. We have a really strong coach/admin culture here at ODU, so it is always nice to check in with them.
1:15 p.m. —Training session part two of the day! The team participates in a running session outside and then a lift. As a staff, we are at every running and lifting session throughout the semester. We enjoy being a part of all aspects of training with the team. Aaron Rittgers is our new strength and conditioning coach and he has done a wonderful job so far with the team for the last seven weeks, bringing great energy and excitement into the weight room. His approach is very collaborative and he has incorporated some of his sessions into our on-field hockey training.
The ODU strength and conditioning space!
3:30 p.m. — Check-in meeting with a player. I am definitely a player’s coach and try to touch base and connect with a few players a week. I enjoy catching up on their life and hearing anything they want to share about life outside of hockey.
4:00 p.m. —Our staff takes time to sit down and recap the day, finalizing practice plans for tomorrow.
4:30 p.m. —I head on over to Muddy Paws, a doggie daycare across from campus, to pick up our puppy, Leo! Ha…he is a spoiled dog and goes there to play a few days a week.
Leo takes full advantage of what Norfolk has to offer!
5:30 p.m. —Back at home — this is the time I spend with my husband, Ian. The weather was great, so we went for a run in Downtown Norfolk by the water, made dinner and caught up on each other’s days. Most days after work we go workout together…go on a run, hit up Orange Theory or play tennis.
7:30 p.m. — I followed up on emails that I missed when at our afternoon training session.
8:30 p.m. —I take some time to relax and watch some TV…my current go-to show is “This is Us.”
9:30 p.m. —It’s 9:30 p.m. and I am out! One of the incredibly unique aspects about my job that I love is that every day is different. From on-field hockey training, to player relationships, recruiting, fundraising campaigns, camps and clinic organization…we cover so many areas on a day-to-day basis which I really enjoy. As I wind down from this day, I feel very fortunate to be in a profession that I have so much passion for and truly love.
Thank you Natalie! Tune in next month when we detail a day in the life of another National Field Hockey Coaches Association member.
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