Was it hard to find a coaching position after college?
I had a unique experience because I actually wasn’t looking to enter the coaching world. I received my first master's degree in cardiopulmonary rehab. But when a friend was named the head coach Goucher College, she invited me to join her, and I couldn't say no.
When it came to finding the right move for me after Goucher, I wouldn’t say it was hard to find a position thanks to the job board on NFHCA.org, and now you can even drop your resume into the NFHCA Resume Bank, which makes the first step to a change or a start to your coaching career easier. My advice is to be diligent in making sure you find the best fit for you. Consider what you want to learn, who you want to learn from, and what opportunities to grow professionally are offered to you.
What was the most difficult part of taking over a program so close to preseason?
Recruiting. I took over the program two days before the start of preseason and I knew I wanted to find the next group of Spartans who fit my values and goals, so I basically started all over when it came to the class of 2018. There was a balance of developing a relationship with the team, implementing core values, but recruiting was the most difficult to accomplish during that time frame.
What do you consider to be the most important quality in a York College recruit?
Character — who you are and how you act, matter. This is said all the time within our program. More times than not, my first look at a recruit is out on the field and seeing if they have the athletic capability to join our program. However, the next step of interacting and meeting that recruit far outweigh what they do athletically. Character trumps talent. We seek the best of both worlds.
What is your favorite memory with YCP field hockey?
Our trip to Spain during our winter vacation this year. It is certainly a memory that I will cherish forever. I’m really big into observing, and I loved watching my team soak in every minute of that trip.