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  • Coach’s Corner: Marquise Kiffin | The Current
    year playing career at NSU Kiffin averaged 7 6 points 3 2 rebounds and 1 steal per game A durable player Kiffin appeared in 98 games during his NSU career Through his senior year Kiffin lived the hoop dream of playing overseas but unfortunately ended up tearing his knee and breaking his ribs that year I would ve had a few opportunities but that happened and I didn t have a great year said Kiffin But my coach at the time asked me if I wanted to become part of the coaching staff and be the assistant coach and I agreed Being in that situation playing basketball wasn t a realistic option for Kiffin He settled with a coaching position that also allowed him to pay for grad school and get his master s degree in business administration The biggest challenge for Kiffin was separating the athlete in him from the coach in the making I found myself coaching a group of guys that I just finished playing with said Kiffin As I grew I started to see the difference and that I had to restrict my relationship with them to being their responsible coach who tried to put them in the best situation Limiting this relationship to the basketball court further helped Kiffin strengthen his relationship with the players The biggest thing I learned from coaching is how to be a leader of men and watch their personalities grow said Kiffin Although Kiffin chose his career path as an elementary school teacher he still makes time to coach He continues to coach because coaching has allowed him to see the players grow into guys he can be proud of I owe this all to my wife because she s able to cope with my work hours and she doesn t get to see me as often She supports me so that I continue leading these people to hopefully become something greater than myself he said It s not only a great opportunity but also a blessing For Kiffin there s nothing more satisfying than knowing that he had a role in the athletes change for the better Mutual respect and effort are two factors that maintain his relationship with his athletes They see how hard I work every day to improve their experience and how much I care about them and their efforts said Kiffin Kiffin describes his relationship with the players as that of a parent and his children As children we know that our parents love us but we re unable to fully grasp the amount of love they have for us until we ourselves are parents he said I think it s the same with the players When it comes to motivation Kiffin has a different approach to keeping his players going You can t motivate people the same way because they re all different said Kiffin I need to yell at some of them and kick them in the butt to get them going and

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  • Coach’s Corner: Andres Pedraza | The Current
    month period There was a lot of progress there said Pedraza as he helped guide the team to their first ever regular season conference championship As a player turned coach Pedraza found it difficult to transform from athlete to coach at first He made sure to always present himself to the players in a way that they could trust When you re a player you re a little selfish sometimes as you always seek self improvement more than team improvement said Pedraza But as a coach you make sure the team works more as a unit and you want all your players to improve and do well Pedraza made sure he utilized his journalism degree while he coached He took advantage of social media to build a connection between the team and their families and friends I always posted photos and videos which are an important part of journalism to create that bond said Pedraza In the future I hope to somehow combine his journalism skills with his love for soccer Pedraza s next opportunity was at NSU Although he has only been at the school for a month Pedraza feels that his experience with the women s team has been positive so far I truly believe that they re a great group and I m looking forward to seeing them play in the fall said Pedraza As a coach the concept of teamwork and being successful is extremely important for Pedraza The way he accomplishes both of these points is through respect and being positive This always proves to be effective because you can always tell them what you think but you have to tell them in a respectful way said Pedraza His constructive feedback works hand in hand with his positive coaching style I give them advice so they can get better because our goal is not to criticize them in the end You can t just go negative on them said Pedraza Although there are many similarities between coaching men and women Pedraza was able to explore both worlds and discover the differences through his experiences Men are always in their own little world and they re all about themselves but with women you can see that the relationships are definitely better said Pedraza You can see that how they try and push hard just for the team and for the coaches Through his positive work ethic and equality with the players Pedraza tries to establish a stronger relationship with the young women on the team and be their role model as a coach I m always trying to find a way so that everyone has a role in the team said Pedraza I show them that I value their time and I respect their efforts Being a superior motivator is an important part of being a coach That is why coaches get together sometimes and play with the athletes to transfer the positive energy vibe to them on the field I motivate them by giving them

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  • Coach’s Corner: Austin Lavallii | The Current
    caring about each other so every little things mean a lot to them which is good But it also can be a challenge said Lavallii The fact that some of the players were once Lavallii s teammates makes her job somewhat easier Her proximity in age to them helps out a lot as well Coaching allows Lavallii to still be around the game she loves without suffering from injuries considering the long fall and spring seasons and the games that can get pretty lengthy You can imagine running around when it s 110 degrees and your shoes are boiling hot because you re standing on concrete So it s more of a chronic pain than a physical pain said Lavallii Transitioning from playing to coaching has been a challenge for Lavallii because even though it s the same sport it s a completely different approach She recently earned her United States Professional Tennis Association certification that allows her to teach tennis to students at different clubs It s a lot of work I had to take tests to make sure that I can teach a student everything there is to know about tennis said Lavallii A good attitude is the most important trait one can have in a sport such as tennis Bad attitude is contagious it ll bring everything around you down especially being in a leadership role When the coach is feeling a little down everyone feels it said Lavallii Lavallii s coaching style can be described as adaptive because tennis is an individual sport She tries to do as much as she can to compensate for the plays since it s mainly their first time being on a team It s important for her to make sure that they know what s expected of them and what to expect in return I try to adapt the words I use and the way I say them and the same goes with visuals depending on who they are said Lavallii The most important thing for me is to make sure that I understand what works for them Humor is also a big part of Lavallii s personality as a coach Along with her confidence and effective communication the team is always motivated to do their best I speak to them a lot but I try to make it short and sweet she said If I know that there s someone I need to single out I don t do it in front of the others Lavallii is a role model to the team through her fairness and respect Although she does rely on negative feedback she makes her comments realistic so that she s neither flattering nor degrading the athletes A lot of times I try to make it as positive as possible but you can only say that so many times If I say it more than three times then I ll just be very blunt about it she said I try to think about how it would

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  • Coach’s Corner: Rachel Benders | The Current
    from home said Benders But a week later Benders packed her belongings and moved to Florida to become the graduate assistant for the rowing program at NSU I didn t feel that this job was a change of plans for me because I really had no plan I knew that I needed additional schooling after my bachelor s and this job was perfect to go along with that she said Benders love for the water is clear her main childhood sport was swimming and her first experience with coaching was teaching children to swim I do not remember how I learned to swim so it was a little challenging for me teaching 4 year olds how to swim said Benders To Benders the true meaning of coaching goes beyond guidance Athletes are always doing things right because they re doing it exactly how you as the coach are telling them to do it she said Sometimes it s up to the coach to adjust how they re doing it because small implications do make a difference In every sport the athletes work with their team in a different way but it s the synchronization that makes rowing so unique said Benders It relies heavily on synchronized motion Just the fact that you have to do it exactly as the people ahead of you and the people behind you are in order to move that boat is intriguing she said Although it s a challenge to think that you don t have a star player everyone works just as hard and it s their team work that makes us win In rowing athletes not only train with each other as a team but also train against their team members to maintain the competitiveness For Benders this creates the nice balance between competition and hard work We don t have ball hogs it s all about teamwork and competitiveness You learn so much about yourself I like to say that we re literally on the same boat said Benders Benders relationship with her athletes is built on communication the fact that she graduated only two years ago makes her job that much easier I feel like they can come to me for anything and not just the sport Benders said I prioritize professionalism but at the same time I m unapologetically me and I m not ashamed of the things I like I think they like that about me After two years of coaching Benders realized that there s so much more to learn People usually laugh at the phrase You don t know what you don t know but it s absolutely true said Benders One piece of advice that Benders carries with her is one that her former coach gave her They don t know that you don t know It might sound dishonest but it helps me as a beginner coach and this way they can trust me because I ll always work twice as hard to find the

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  • Coach’s Corner: Eric Cruz | The Current
    to do myself He basically picked my major and my profession said Cruz Cruz likes to look at his relationship with the baseball team as if they re his younger brothers Cruz said I kind of take it as a big brother kind of thing but the older I get I become more like a father figure which I m not really too keen on becoming When it comes to coaching Cruz is neither a screamer He is quiet ly intense when it comes to the game When the guys make mistakes it s more of a reflection on me than on them Their mistakes mean that I failed them as a coach and that I need to work harder with them he said Cruz doesn t believe that negative feedback can enhance performance He sticks to being positive which is contrary to his time as a baseball player I think you catch more bees with honey than you do with anything else I don t want them to fight I want them to play relaxed said Cruz In addition to positive feedback Cruz relies on a lot of one on one communication with his players By effectively motivating the players Cruz s motivation is getting to coach his favorite sport for a living I get to wake up every morning put a pair of shorts and a shirt on go talk baseball and then go to the field and hang out with really good athletes he said I can t wait to wake up each morning and go to work that s how much I love my job Motivation also comes to Cruz from home His wife is the most important person in his life and his number one supporter If my infielders aren t doing so great she s always the first one to text me immediately after the game to tell me that I need to work harder he said Everyone is a little bit different when it comes to their coaching style According to Cruz c oaching should be easy natural and fun One should coach in the same temperament that he is in every day I wouldn t say someone is teaching something wrong or coaching wrong if the results are in their favor said Cruz Everyone is different and whatever works works Baseball is easy for the talented but be ing a coach is definitely not the same as playing the game The biggest proof of this is talented players who cannot coach the game because playing had been so natural and easy for them It wasn t easy for me said Cruz From Cruz s perspective being the athlete is far more pleasurable than being the coach If he could trade with them he would do it in a second without hesitation I d love to go back to a time in my life where it doesn t hurt to walk and go up the stairs I want the energy that lasts all

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  • Coach’s Corner: Yanique Booth | The Current
    making her debut on the professional scene Booth was under the guidance of several former Olympians and world known Usain Bolt coaching staff During that time she earned recognition in the IAAF International Amateur Athletic Federation world ranking for the hurdles She was also a finalist in the 2009 World Championship Trials She later moved on to become a National Representative at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi India and the CAC Central American Championships games in Puerto Rico At NSU Booth helped guide the track and field program to its first ever top 10 ranking on the NCAA Division II national list and a third place finish for both the men s and women s teams at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Being an outdoor person made Booth perfect for coaching along with her passion to share her experience with growing athletes and continue the tradition of successful and competitive sprinting I was lucky as an athlete I had the opportunity to work with great people and great mentors I felt that coaching would be a perfect career for me because I had a lot to give I thought that it would only make sense to go into this career and teach what I learned Underneath her toughness as a coach Booth is a caring person Her mind and door are always open to accommodate to her athletes needs That s the biggest thing you can have as a coach them knowing that I care about them as people and as athletes said Booth Track and Field provides a window of learning and exploration that fulfills Booth s love for the sport When Booth isn t on the Track she just likes to relax or travel to different places I just like a good bottle of coconut water and I love to learn about different cultures said Booth When it comes to attitude Booth believes that having a positive frame of mind is critical to the sport This applies to both the athletes and the coach I think that the I can I will I must frame of mind is essential especially for the athletes because they have a rigorous schedule and it just won t work out if they don t have the positive attitude it takes to attack things the right way said Booth Booth attests that coaches are not meant to limit their athletes capacities but rather to expand them as their capacities are unlimited It s important that coach also serves as a role model particularly Booth since her hardworking and motivating qualities comply with that I m industrious hardworking and motivating I also like to give them the opportunity to be themselves and be free spirited not as if they were confined to a box of limited capacities because their capacities are unlimited said Booth Motivating athletes is one of the toughest jobs coaches need to accomplish and maintain throughout their careers Speeches are Booth s way to go about motivation I am a woman

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  • Coach’s Corner: Lyle Robelot | The Current
    I also got a head coaching job for the summer league and kind of worked my way up from there said Robelot He then got another head coaching job at St Joseph s Academy a Catholic high school in Baton Rouge where he led the team to a state championship He was also named the CCSL Coach of the Year while coaching there After gaining enough experience Robelot decided he had enough clout to become a volunteer student assistant at Louisiana State University where he continued to learn and gain experience He also earned his bachelor s degree in exercise sciences from LSU I volunteered and continued to coach at the club I absolutely loved it and it was especially close to my heart since I graduated from LSU said Robelot Outside of coaching Robelot sings and plays the trombone as he was part of a band during college I played since I was a little kid My band developed and we traveled all over the country said Robelot So I was coaching going to school full time and I was playing probably a 100 shows a year Growing up Robelot also played soccer because it was a much better sport for his body type His team voted for him to become the captain his senior year of high school A lot of my work ethic came from that period of time I was determined to work on being a leader I had coached so that had something to do with it It made me study coaching and motivation so that was definitely a turning point in my career said Robelot Robelot emphasized a caring and motivating approach throughout his career He is a role model for student athletes because he believes that coaching is all about being there for the athletes and actually wanting to be there I definitely can t swim as well as some of the athletes on our team This is where I want to be I never want to get the morning off I d rather be at practice on the deck with the athletes said Robelot To Robelot it s harder being the swimmer than being the coach He is inspired by what the swimmers are able to do Sometimes I d say to them Of course you should be able to do this but in my head I m like Wow this amazes me said Robelot Robelot s coaching style can be described as peer driven and ruled by motivation His relationship with the swimmers is not built on the basis of fearing the coach but rather on the basis that the swimmers don t want to disappoint their coach I guess my coaching style is pestering them to perfection said Robelot Robelot also motivates his swimmers by building their confidence through positive feedback Feedback is not only about what to say but also about when to say it Even when I say something negative I usually say it in a positive way

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  • Coach’s Corner: Austin Warner | The Current
    passion I m the only runner in my family and my family thinks I m crazy just running in circles all day long said Warner In addition to his love for the sport Warner s high school and college coaches heavily influenced him to pursue a career in athletics as they were his prime examples of knowledge and passion Warner s career began at Trinity Christian College in Illinois where he earned his bachelor s in sports and exercise science His accomplishments include being a three time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA national qualifier in cross country and a four time national qualifier in track He served as the team captain his junior and senior seasons He also held personal bests of 14 53 minutes in the 5 000 meter and 31 59 minutes in the 10 000 meter Warner joined the NSU cross country and track and field staff in the fall of 2013 where he served as a graduate assistant until he was recently named assistant coach When it comes to coaching Warner is active and level headed He enjoys running with the athletes whenever he can On harder work out days he monitors his runners by observing and evaluating how they re doing He finds it much easier to relate to the runners since he s been there before I don t think yelling works in these sports it s more geared toward football and more aggressive sports I also like to run with them as much as possible said Warner Winners have motivation and everyone else wants it Warner motivates the runners by giving examples The best thing he likes about sports is that athletes are self motivated and their motivation takes care of itself I make them put a little post it note on their mirrors with a quote or their times or whatever I also give speeches when I feel that they re needed It s a long season so we do need to keep them motivated and going said Warner Just as the players need motivation Warner is inspired by seeing the athletes succeed It s really cool to see how a freshman grows into a sophomore or junior Whether it s running a personal best or getting a job after they graduate or getting on the dean s list for a semester I get really motivated to see it said Warner Balancing track and field and cross country for both the men and women s teams is not a hard task for Warner Fortunately cross country and track are in different seasons Cross country is fall and track is in the spring Once track season rolls around I pretty much work with just the distance runners who ran cross country said Warner It also helps that we have great coaching staff where each of us tackles a different area and in the end every athlete gets that individualized attention they need When Warner isn t running he s either playing other

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