Overcoming Adversity and Finishing Strong


Before the start of the 2012 track and field season I knew it was not going to be like recent years. Our numbers to start the season were lower then normal and I had an entire new group of captains stepping into a leadership role. The good news was I knew we would be fairly talented. However, the most talented kids where also very squirrely. As predicted this season was one of my most difficult as a coach. Between my car getting hit by a bus while I was on my way to a funeral (no joke), individual suspensions, multiple DQs due to jewelry, or losing my best athlete to a family move a week before the season started it was tough on and off the track. These types of seasons make you really doubt your own abilities as a coach. Luckily, my assistant coaches are the best they have ever been. My assistants did an awesome job helping deal with a great number of issues facing our program. As the head coach I stayed on the path with our training plan and Periodization schedule. Needless to say as our season comes to a close we have rallied immensely finishing 2nd at our conference championship and 2nd at our district meet acquiring a plaque for the fifth time in six years. I was very proud of our team and my coaches. When the dust settled all but three of our kids matched or set a new personal best. Some of the highlights from the meet were a 22 second drop in our 4×800, 5 second drop in our 4×400, a foot and half pr in the pole vault, a ten foot pr in the discus, and a 1 second drop in the 200 dash from a talented little freshman. As a coach it is easy to get down and allow things to get the best of you. Try not to allow frustration over flow. Get some assistant coaches you can trust and vent too. Finally make sure you have a plan!!! You need to know where you are going to help you navigate the season even when it seems as if things could not get worse. Remember things always get better! Keep working hard and keep your head up.