2014 marks my 10th year of coaching. Over the past 10 years, I've coached soccer, basketball, and flag football with a great group of kids and parents. The past three years, I focused solely on competitive basketball (with a few flag leagues mixed in) and coached 250+ games playing in various leagues and tournaments all year round (same kids). The competitive side was quite the learning curve for me coming from a more rec background.
I played football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and ran track growing up. Towards the end of high school and into college, basketball and tennis became my main focus. I got into the coaching gig probably like most of you, the team didn't have a coach and I stepped up thinking it would only be one season.
Orange (from this forum) and I became friends. Over the years we've kept in touch and bounced things off each other from sports questions to daily life as a dad. Crazy to think that came from a discussion on a forum about flag football.
Coaching has been an awesome experience and through it all, I've tried to remember my roots of keeping things fun, emphasizing sportsmanship, and teaching a few life lessons along the way.