“Respect every opponent, but fear none.” – Coach John Wooden
I started out as just a “mom” in the stands and now I have multiple seasons experience as an assistant coach for the girls teams. It is truly a joy to watch all the players grow as individuals and come together as a cohesive unit. The feeling you get when you see a teaching moment from practice get put into action on the court is indescribable.
I have extensive history in athletics playing multiple sports – from basketball, to track & field, cheerleading, and bowling. I was playing JV basketball in 8th grade and played on the Varsity team all 4 years of my high school career. I also played travel AAU basketball throughout high school so I understand the importance of balancing sports, education, and just being a kid! During school I was the awkward tall girl, but on the court I was the leading rebounder, conference player of the week, and team captain. Although I did not continue my basketball talents at the collegiate level, I never lost my passion for competitive sports. As an adult I competed at Nationals in Reno, Nevada for amateur PBA bowlers and I have run in various 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech and I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. I am currently a Registered Dietitian for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. I am CPR certified and I have a certification in Health Coaching. With a background in nutrition I hope to instill the important role of healthy eating and whole health in the athletes that cross my path.
An athlete’s character is more significant than their talent – this is my coaching philosophy. My goal is to create well-rounded players on the court, as well as in the community and classroom. I strive to enhance the basketball talents of the Winchester Elite Players, while developing their leadership skills, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and work ethic.