Andie Allison- "Coach Allison"- should be a source of motivation for all of our players. She has worked with our Streaks teams every summer since getting out of high school. The combination of her determination, commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm made her so valuable. After seeing the positive impact the volunteer coaches had in our boys program, I knew Andie would be so valuable for us as an assistant year round on the varsity. Our seniors especially realized Coach Allison's value.
One day last fall I was talking to Coach Reynolds about adding another coach. His comment,"You are coaching girls basketball. Let's see, you are old and male. Andie and Jaque are young and female. Might be a good move." Sometimes Coach Reynolds doesn't sugar coat things (he never does).
Coaches in all sports in talking about players will say,"They 'get it." or "They don't get it." Coach Allison is someone who "got it" as a high school athlete. Watching her as a junior high player, I wasn't sure she would make it on the high school level. She wasn't real tall, real quick, or a great shooter- but she worked hard. When I was talking to Coach Wynne (Churchill coach) about her players she commented, "Andie is going to be a player for you." Obviously Coach Wynne was right.
Andie is the stereotype of a "coach's kid." She was raised in a family talking about sports. She was raised to possess three characteristics- be team oriented, be passionately competitive, and to work hard.
As a freshmen she played on the freshmen team while teammates were moved up to the soph team. As a soph she was on the soph team while teammates were moved up to the varsity. As a junior others started and played more. None of this mattered- it was about the team.
This year when we had our scavenger hunt, there was an "adult" with each team. I was not sure whether it was wise to have Andie as one of the "adult" drivers. I knew the competitive juices would take over.
Andie is one of the few people to play sports who can say that each year she played basketball she played a bigger and more significant role for the team she was on. She was more important to her soph team than she was to her jh team. She was more important to her varsity team than to her soph team. And she became more important to her college team than her hs team. (She at 5'9" finished in the top 10 in shot blocks in the NCAA III). All of this happened because of her work ethic.
So when it comes to motivation- Andie "gets it."