Download e-book for kindle: Beyond winning: memoir of a women's soccer coach by S. S. Hanna

By S. S. Hanna

ISBN-10: 0870813986

ISBN-13: 9780870813986

Past profitable: Memoir of a Women's football trainer profiles the beginning of a small-college application in women's football. It additionally explores the rewards and tensions of the program's first season whereas commenting on vital concerns in small-college activities and particularly women's activities.

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At Geneva, I expected to unfurl my own vision for the soccer program, to experiment, innovate, take risks. Being Page 11 the only coach, I expected to take full responsibility for the program's quirks and failures. I thought Geneva's players would enjoy the program if they all participated in every contest, contributing to the losses and the wins, seeing their skills develop. As a coach, I expected to integrate all the healthy players in all the contests regardless of their physical talents. Moreover, I expected to integrate them meaningfully and not simply shove them in for a token appearance that parents or fans might miss if they happened to sneak a look into their popcorn bags to see what unpopped kernels remained at the bottom.

How wonderfully they speak to our follies and irrelevance," I said, and headed to the refrigerator for that late evening snack I had been trying to resist. '" The next day, thanks to word of mouth, posters, active recruiting, schedule clarification, or whatever, seventeen women stood inside and outside my office. All seemed eager to play soccer. Two out of the eight new players had had serious club experience. This fact at once pleased me and made me nervous. I was Page 20 pleased that their experience would help us become a good team, but it would also lead them to compare my coaching with that of their previous, no doubt much better, coaches.

Oh, the metaphors of baseball! How wonderfully they speak to our follies and irrelevance," I said, and headed to the refrigerator for that late evening snack I had been trying to resist. '" The next day, thanks to word of mouth, posters, active recruiting, schedule clarification, or whatever, seventeen women stood inside and outside my office. All seemed eager to play soccer. Two out of the eight new players had had serious club experience. This fact at once pleased me and made me nervous. I was Page 20 pleased that their experience would help us become a good team, but it would also lead them to compare my coaching with that of their previous, no doubt much better, coaches.

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