Coach Profiles: Suzanne Isidor, Tenacity Sacramento

Suzanne Isidor
Tenacity Sacramento 

This past weekend, the Penn State womens lacrosse team beat UPenn and earned themselves a trip to the NCAA D1 Final Four, where they’ll match up against UNC this Friday.  To celebrate, we’re featuring Suzanne Isidor on our blog!  As a player, Suzanne led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA semi-finals her senior year, earning regional All-American honors in the process.  Five years later, in 2000, she came back in a different leadership position: head coach.  After ten years as the coach of a competitive DI team, Suzanne made the move to Sacramento with her family.  Now, as a Tenacity coach, she continues to instill her love of the game in young players, bringing with her a deep understanding of what it takes to make it on and off the field.  


I grew up in Madison, New Jersey and when I was a little girl I went to the Drew Lacrosse Camps.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but you were the first coach I ever had who really knew what she was doing.  I imagine it’s a big adjustment to go from working with college teams to working with much younger girls, but you’ve been doing both for a long time now.  How does your approach change?  Does one help to inform the other?

The switch from coaching college players to youth players was an adjustment.  I have found that my coaching philosophy has not changed – I strive to combine hard work and having fun and expect the same of my players.  But how I go about achieving this has changed.  When players come to college, they already have a passion for the game and understand what work ethic means.  I’ve found that when working with the younger players, teaching and inspiring that passion for the game is a bigger part of my job.  Many of my youth players are just being introduced to lacrosse so it’s my job to help them discover the love of the game that I am lucky enough to have.


How did you become involved with Tenacity?  What brought you out to Sacramento?

I moved to Davis almost four years ago.  My husband got a job at UCDavis and we moved west with our three boys.  I have known Theresa Sherry since her playing days at Princeton.  I met with her a few times once we moved and was really impressed with her focus on growing the game and developing girls to be successful on and off the field.


You were a four year letter winner at Penn State, leading your team to the NCAA Semi-Finals your senior year.  How did it feel to go back and take on the coaching mantle at your alma mater?  

My return to Penn State as the Head Coach was exciting.  I was very honored and happy to be able to do what I love at a place that I love.  Coaching lacrosse at the college level was something that I knew I wanted to do and to be able to do it at the place that I was so invested in and gave me so many opportunities was really special.


Do you miss working with a college team?  And, on the flip side, what do you not miss about it?

I miss parts of being with a college team.  I enjoy competing at the highest level and working on a college campus.  I was lucky enough to have my dream job for ten years.   But at this point in my life I am loving working with younger kids and helping to develop the game in the Northern California.  I still get to be competitive, teach and have an impact on young girls without having as much travel and stress.


A lot of our Tenacity girls are going through the recruiting process, which can be really fun and really stressful.  What did you look for when you were recruiting?  What advice do you give the Sacramento girls you work with?

The recruiting process can be stressful and is getting even more stressful with the earlier recruiting.  My advice to student-athletes is to do as much “homework” as possible on schools before making a decision.  As a college coach, I looked for student-athletes that were well rounded.  We wanted players that would contribute on the field and off the field.  They needed to be good representatives of our team and university.  I was looking for players that worked hard, had fun and made the people around them better.  It isn’t enough to be a good individual player.  Lacrosse is a team sport and the best players make everyone around them better too.  


You were, at one point, chair of the Tewaarton Trophy committee.  Were you looking for the same kind of qualities?

During my time as the Chair of the Tewaarton Committee, we had the challenge of differentiating between so many talented lacrosse players.  One of the important qualities that we discussed was always the player’s impact on the team as a whole.  The player’s ability to lead the team to success was important.  This is the same quality many coaches look for when they are recruiting HS student-athletes.


We talk a lot about helping girls develop confidence and drive not only on the field, but in the classroom and in life.  How does a coach’s role transcend athletics?  Is there a particular coach that influenced not only the way you played, but the way you’ve approached other challenges?

As coaches we have the ability to have a huge impact/influence on our player’s lives – on and off the field.  There are so many opportunities in athletics to develop qualities that will help prepare them for challenges they will face later in life.  Confidence and tenacity are two important qualities to develop in young girls.

My college coach, Julie Williams, was a big influence on my life and my decision to be a college coach.  Early in my college career, I was struggling on the field.  I was in her office, feeling sorry for myself, and she took out a piece of paper and wrote down a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.  “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  It is something that has stuck with me and a quote I have passed on to different players in my career.

Coach Profiles: Katie Ellis, Tenacity Bay Area

Katie Ellis
Tenacity Bay Area

Katie Ellis started coaching for Tenacity last year, when she moved from New York to San Francisco.  She left her job in finance for the post bac premed program at Mills College in Oakland, pursuing her long-held dream of becoming a doctor.  So how does she balance coaching with her schoolwork?  Well, Katie’s no stranger to balance.  She played both field hockey and lacrosse at Williams College and prior to that, she graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, another environment that demands and instills excellence from its student-athletes.  As Theresa says, “Katie embodies the kind of student athlete mentality we want all of our Tenacity girls to have.  Attending a world class school like Williams and competing in the NESCAC in lacrosse is a major achievement, and she continues to coach and work as she prepares for medical school.  We appreciate the impact she has made on our girls, including what we are looking for most from our coaches- a consistently positive presence in young girls’ lives.”

Katie says that coaching on the weekends is a nice release from the academic pressures she’s facing.  “The girls have such great attitudes and work so hard,” she says, “that it makes coaching them really enjoyable and rewarding.”  I find the same to be true.  The energy of our players is contagious!

When I reached out to you for this interview, you were studying for the MCAT and finishing up school.  Have you always wanted to be a doctor?  What’s next?

I thought I might want to be a doctor when I was younger but wasn’t completely sure and was further dissuaded when I decided to play two sports at Williams.  I thought I’d given up on a career as a physician until I found out about post bac premed programs and knew it was something I wanted to pursue.  I’ll spend this year working full time as a Hepatitis C Linkage Coordinator in the Emergency Department of Highland Hospital while applying to Medical School, which I’m really looking forward to!


Do you see your experience as an athlete playing into your career?  How do you think those very different pursuits will complement each other?  Or maybe they’re not that different?

My experiences as an athlete have helped prepare me for all of my pursuits post college.  I worked in finance for two years after Williams and the work ethic and teamwork I learned as an athlete helped me succeed in that setting.  Those lessons have become even more important in my transition to medicine.  It’s been a rigorous journey that requires enormous dedication and commitment.


At Tenacity we always talk about mental toughness.  We do mental toughness exercises and visualizations at the beginning of practice, and focus on working effectively under pressure.  You were a psychology major at Williams, and I’m wondering if what you learned in psych helped you at all on the field.

The biggest lesson I would point out is how much attitude can affect outcome.  A positive attitude goes a long way and you can often predict outcomes based on attitudes before a task or challenge or game even starts.  If you go into a game defeated or not believing in your ability to win, there is a good chance you will negatively impact your performance. I always try and go into every game focusing on what I can control, my own attitude and performance, and not worry about the other team’s record or reputation.


Kind of in that same vein, did you come up against any hurdles as a player, mental or physical, and how did you get over them?

I struggled with injuries throughout my athletic career and it was always just as important to come back mentally as it was physically. I had to stay mentally sharp and focused throughout my recovery time so that when I was ready to play physically, I could pick up right where I left off and be just as effective and successful on the field.


You grew up in a lax family, with an older brother who played at Princeton and a sister who played at Dartmouth.  What was that like?  Would you guys practice together?  Did it create a competitive environment at home?

My siblings are both amazing athletes and knew they wanted to play DI lacrosse from a young age.  It was more important for me to play two sports in college and have a balanced schedule, so we were never competitive in that sense.  We all have very different interests and have always been incredibly supportive of each other on and off the field.  My sister and I overlapped at Hotchkiss for one year and it was so fun being a senior on the varsity team her freshman year and being able help her through that first season.


People often say that playing two sports is more manageable at the DIII level.  Do you think that’s the case?  How did you balance field hockey and lacrosse at such an academically rigorous school?

Yes, I would agree it was probably as manageable to play two sports at a DIII level as it would have been to play one sport at a DI level.  Being in-season all year was tough in some ways, but it taught me to be incredibly efficient with my time, and having a structured schedule probably made me a better student.


Favorite lacrosse memory?  

Winning the NESCAC tournament my sophomore year for the first and only time in Williams history!


Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

At every draw imagine the score is 0-0, no matter if you’re up by 10.

Written By: Courtney Bird
May 18th, 2016

Coach Profiles: Whitney Douthett & Sarah Bullard, Tenacity Bay Area

Whiteny Douthett & Sarah Bullard
Tenacity Elite Bay Area

Whitney Douthett Masters and Sarah Bullard know how it feels to play lacrosse at the highest possible level.  In 2009, they played on the US Team at the FIL World Cup in Prague and brought home a gold medal.  Sarah went on to play in the 2013 World Cup, bringing home yet another gold medal for the US.  Whitney played in two final fours and a national championship game for Dartmouth University (2007), while Sarah played for Duke University (2011), where she started every game her freshman year, was named an All-American and was twice nominated for the Tewaarton Trophy…. and those skeletal facts hardly skim the surface of their superstardom.  I guess you could say they’re kind of intimidating, on paper.  If you want proof, Google them.

But both Whitney and Sarah have a tremendous sense of humility and gratitude.  They try to channel everything they’ve learned on and off the field into their own coaching, whether that’s a drill or something bigger, an attitude or focus on the little things.  Sarah currently works at Wheels Up, a private aviation company, and Whitney works in financial services.  Still, they find the time to coach, sharing their lax IQ and showing our Tenacity girls that with a whole lot of grit, determination and positivity, anything is possible.


If you were to tell ninth grade Whitney that she’d eventually play at Dartmouth and then travel to Prague as a member of the US World Cup team, what would she say?  Were those conscious goals?

Whitney: I had always been an incredibly competitive kid and absolutely loved playing sports.  I started playing soccer and basketball when I was six, but when I went to high school, I had never played lacrosse before.  I had no idea what I was doing so my coach put me on defense and told me to be fast and guard specific girls.  I ended up LOVING it!  I had always wanted to play soccer in college but it wasn’t until later in my high school career that I realized I wanted to play both.  But, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would play soccer and lacrosse at an Ivy League school, let alone for the United States National Team.  I didn’t think I would make the US World Cup team until the morning that they emailed us!

I am so lucky to have been apart such tremendous programs with a long history of hard work, excellence and tenacity.  They have shaped me into the person I am today and have opened so many doors in terms of my education, career and most importantly, lifelong friendships.


What about you, Sarah?  Where were you in terms of your lacrosse career when you started high school?  What were your  goals?  Tenacity works  with a lot of young, ambitious  players, so I’m always curious about the journey and how our perceptions change.  

Sarah: I had a similar experience. I was a serious gymnast until I was about ten, and then switched over to team sports to play soccer and ice hockey.  I first picked up a lacrosse stick in fifth grade, and absolutely loved it.  In high school, just from a time perspective, I really had to focus on one sport outside of school, and there was no question in my mind that lacrosse was the one I wanted to pursue.  I did keep playing three sports for my high school all the way through, which I would absolutely encourage all of our girls to do!  In 9th, 10th grade, my passion and goals for lacrosse started to grow exponentially in terms of really wanting to be the best player I could be and go as far as I could with the sport.  The goals started out more general, and as I got a better sense of what that could look like later on, they became more focused on going to a great academic and athletic university to play, and on one day being part of the U.S. team.  To echo Whitney, the sport has been such a tremendous blessing in so many ways and opened so many doors.


You two played together on the 2009 World  Cup Team and brought home a gold medal.  Whitney, what would you say Sarah brought to that team?  Sarah, what would you say Whitney brought?

Whitney: Sarah was one of the younger girls on the ‘09 World Cup Team, so she brought this fresh perspective to the program.  She was truly indicative of what the future would bring in college lacrosse: amazing athletes, incredible stick skills and a true sense of the game that us old ladies could barely keep up with :).  She was fresh, always worked really hard and made everyone around her better!  I am so impressed that she’s continued to participate in the program to this day.

Sarah: Whitney was someone who I really looked up to on the ‘09 team.  As she mentioned, I was on the younger side,  and Whitney was a seasoned veteran midfielder.  She played with amazing tenacity and grit, and truly led by example.  She is one of the girls on that team that really paved the way and gave me a tremendous sense of pride and responsibility in carrying out their legacy with the U.S. program.


How do you think those qualities translate into your approach to coaching?  You always hear that not every player makes a great coach, and vice versa, but I’d hazard a guess that you guys are awesome coaches.  What’s your secret to making a smooth transition?

Whitney: Being a coach was a pretty tough transition for me – I was always so jealous of the girls playing and wanted to be on the field with them!  But, I definitely think my experiences at Dartmouth and on the US team have made me a better coach.  Amy Patton (coached me at Dartmouth) was one of the best coaches I’ve had and I always try to channel her when I’m coaching.  Whether it’s the practice drills I do or the lessons I try to teach through lacrosse, I always think back to what Amy would do.  I just want the girls I coach to have the same experience and love of sports that I did.

Sarah: I completely agree! Frankly, since I am lucky enough to still be playing, I sometimes still have a hard time coaching because I want to just get out on the field.  I am positive that there are better technical coaches than me, but what I really try to bring to the table to the girls is a focus on the little things that will make you great.  That is something I always prided myself on as a player, and learned from the best coaches and teammates at Duke and on the U.S. team.  It’s not necessarily the “big play” that is going to make you a champion, but it’s the hustle, the ground balls, the “dirty work,” if you will, on the field that makes you invaluable.  That and always being a great teammate.


Sarah, you played at Duke.  Whitney, you played at Dartmouth.  I imagine that walking on the field wearing those uniforms was a huge source of pride for both of you.  How was walking onto the field in a USA uniform different?  Is it different?  Is it similar?

Sarah: It’s similar and different at the same time.  At Duke, and I’m sure on all collegiate teams, you spend so much time with your team that they are absolutely your family.  In addition to representing and playing for them, you are representing the legacy of the program, and of the university, and there is certainly a deep sense of pride and ownership in that.  

It’s hard to describe, because the love and pride I felt for my Duke team was incredible, but there is something about playing on the U.S. team that just feels bigger.  Hearing the National Anthem and knowing that you’re representing the country is a feeling that you can’t put into words.  It’s an unbelievable honor, first and foremost, but that comes with a deep sense of obligation and responsibility to put your best foot forward, which is a challenge we all cherish on the team.  On the 2013 World Cup Team, our goal was to play the “Best Lacrosse Ever Played,” and we took that very seriously because we knew we were setting the standard  for younger girls watching us.

Whitney: I couldn’t agree more with everything Sarah said above.  Being a part of the Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse program is something that I am incredibly proud of and it shaped me into the person I’ve become today.  Dartmouth has such a powerful alumni network and the tradition and pride that comes with wearing a Big Green jersey is pretty unbeatable.  But there is something a little different about playing for your country and wearing Red, White and Blue.  Like Sarah mentioned, it is a huge responsibility and something I took on with pride.  It has been such an honor to bring that experience to coaching in the Bay Area – I feel like we both have an idea of what it’s like to play at a top level and what it means to be given that opportunity and that’s what I want to bring to the girls playing for the Tenacity Project.


Throughout your lacrosse careers, you’ve gone through quite a few try-outs.  I remember getting myself in such a tizzy before tryouts in high school, and I wonder if any of our Tenacity girls, or even the girls who try out for Tenacity and don’t make it, experience the same thing.  Any advice for how to handle the pressure of a tryout?  How do you prepare?  How do you bounce back from a tryout that isn’t going how you want it to?

Whitney: Try outs are always really tough – there’s no way to get around that.  The key things I always kept in mind going into a tryout were the basics that I could control: 1) go into the try out in the best shape of your life, and 2) be the hardest working girl out there.  In my opinion, stickwork, passing/catching, dodges can all be taught and worked on.  Sometimes things don’t go your way, but that’s when you can focus on the things you can control – talking on defense, outworking the girl next to you, getting the groundball.  And stay positive – don’t stick on the little mistakes you made but focus on the good things you’ve done.  Know that you did the prep and that you are ready!

Sarah: Tryouts are never really any fun, no matter how many times you’ve gone through them! I still get nervous for U.S. tryouts every year, and this year will be my 9th!  One great piece of advice I got was to embrace the nerves you get, because they are a sign that you care, which is obviously a great thing.  I worked a lot with our sports psychologist at Duke, Greg Dale, and he really helped me to embrace and cherish the opportunity to play, including embracing the pressure.  It has helped to approach each tryout with the mentality to use it as a great opportunity to play hard and demonstrate all the practice I have put into it.  Especially with the wallball/fitness/mental preparation that Tenacity emphasizes, all of the girls are definitely capable of approaching tryouts confident in their preparation and excited to demonstrate their game!

In terms of bouncing back from a tryout that isn’t going how you want it to – we all go through a drill/scrimmage, or maybe even a whole day of a tryout that we don’t feel is going as we want it to.  The best thing to try to do is focus on what you can control, and what you can do well- things like your hustle, your communication, your team play.  Finally, focus on keeping your body language and energy positive.  Finding ways to contribute and not bring yourself or your team down with any negativity when things aren’t going well shows a lot about your mental toughness, which any coach appreciates.  Every player has off days  and coaches understand that, but if you can manage yourself through that and still add value to the team, that’s a big asset.


Both of you work full time outside of the lacrosse world.  Can you talk a little bit about how your experience as an athlete contributes to your success in the workplace?  How do you balance coaching and work?

Sarah: Being an athlete has played a huge role in shaping  my approach and ability to contribute to the working world.  A working environment is a team environment, and having the skills to put the team/company first, manage different personalities, and ultimately being willing to do what it takes to make the group successful, is always valuable.  In addition, the ability to set goals, and seek and accept critical feedback from a boss, just as you would from a coach, contributes to success in the workplace.  Finally, being an athlete has created a mental toughness and ability to persevere through times at work that aren’t going exactly how we want them to, and it’s hard to develop that skill set in many other settings.  

Whitney: I currently work in the financial industry as an equity research sales person – it’s a sector and position I’ve been in for almost ten years, which is tough to believe!  My experience as an athlete has been a huge contributor to my success in my career.  There are so many skills I learned as an athlete and a teammate – time management skills, prioritization, hard work, perseverance through tough times, working with different personalities, the will to win, etc – that translate in my day to day.

I’ve absolutely loved coaching on top of my day to day work.  It’s given me an avenue to be able to give back to the sport that I love so much and that has given me so much.  It’s given me a terrific outlet and gets me outside almost every day!  The girls I coach also keep me young – I’m very in the loop on all of the new social media platforms, cool sayings and new singers/rappers! Haha.  It’s extremely rewarding to spend time with a group of girls, to teach them what I know and to see them translate it on the field – there isn’t really a better feeling than that!


It’s Saturday and you’ve got zero obligations – no work, no lacrosse.  What are you doing for fun?  What are your favorite local adventures?

Sarah: I love exploring different hikes in the area — a perfect day is getting up early to beat the traffic, getting across the bridge for a long hike in Marin, then finishing up with a good meal with a view in Sausalito before coming back to the city.  

Whitney: Woah – that never happens!  I’d sleep in past 4:30am (which is my normal wake up time) and then look to spend the day with my husband, since we don’t get to see each other as much during the week.  We love going for runs through the Presidio trails, grabbing a delicious brunch and then getting together for dinner with friends.  We also LOVE going up to Sonoma and spending the weekend there.  There’s so much to do in the Bay Area, it’s tough to decide!

Written By: Courtney Bird
May 12th, 2016

Coach Profiles: Natalie Harrington, Tenacity Portland

Natalie Harrington
Tenacity Portland

Just three months after graduating from Fresno State in 2013, Natalie Harrington took on the head coaching mantle at George Fox University, starting a program that boasted eleven wins in their second season and nine this past spring, their third season on the books.  Natalie hails from Oregon City, OR.  She grew up playing competitive soccer, but once she discovered lacrosse in 8th grade, that was it (like so many of our Tenacity coaches and players!).  ‘Lacrosse was something really fresh, and my coach at the time, Dara Kramer, believed in me and gave me the tools to be successful in high school.  I just kind of fell in love with it.’  

At Fresno State, Nat played attack, defense and midfield while majoring in Communications.  She was a two-time captain and was named Player of the Year as a junior and Attacker of the Year as a senior.  As if that’s not enough, she published a YA fantasy trilogy, the first of which, Griffin’s Calling, came out her freshmen year of college.  Here’s what I’ve gleaned about Natalie: she likes to juggle.  Three books while juggling school and lacrosse?  Sure!  Juggling her role as head coach at George Fox with her role as Director of Tenacity’s new Portland programs?  Yes, please!  I sat down with Natalie at a coffee shop in Portland to find out more.


So, your books.  You started working on the series in high school and I’m wondering how you balanced athletics, academics and doing your own thing.  What did working on the books give you outside of athletics and everything else?

When you’re a student athlete, there’s a lot of pressure that comes along with that.  You’re constantly exhausted mentally and physically.  The books really gave me an escape.  I could dive into a world that had nothing to do with my daily life and I was able to feel what those characters were feeling and have other emotions.  I could escape to this other world when I was getting really stressed out or struggling to deal with things.  


Do you think that your ability to push through and finish this huge project, and really self-motivate to do so, is related to your experience as an athlete?

Oh, absolutely.  Last five minutes of a game, game is on the line—do you push through or do you give up?  With the books, I’d be exhausted and up until 1:30 in the morning.  I wrote the second and third books as a D1 athlete at Fresno State, so I was balancing school, athletics and writing a young adult trilogy.  So, I learned to push through and recognize that all the hard work will eventually pay off.  And I do think it complemented lacrosse in teaching me those life lessons.  


Are you still writing?

Right now, I have a couple projects in the works.  I’ve working on a sci-fi fantasy and a horror fantasy, and then on top of it I’m pitching my novels to producers.  So that’s something on the side that I’m really looking forward to.  And why not?  As athletes, we’re risk takers.  I’ve learned to pursue things that maybe I never thought I could, and I’m excited to keep pushing ahead with these projects.


I feel like coaching is such a good balance to writing, or any of the more solitary endeavors that creative people pursue.  Do you find that it’s helpful to get outside and work with the girls as a way to find balance?

Oh yeah.  I’m super hyperactive, so it’s awesome that I get to talk with people for a profession.  My main thing is that I want to help people, especially when they’re in high school and they’re at such a vulnerable stage in their lives.  I want to be able to help them pursue their dreams.  Part of my writing and giving multimedia presentations at schools is teaching kids about acceptance and anti-bullying.  You know, believe in yourselves.  Pursue your passions and your dreams and just be a good person.  I feel so lucky that I get to coach and incorporate that into my coaching philosophy.  Be a good person and be a strong individual, a star on and off the field.  A good teammate, a good friend.  


When did you decide you wanted to be a coach?

My junior year of college.  One of my most influential coaches is actually Lauren Schmidt, who works for Tenacity now.  She taught me so much at Fresno State—I only got her for less than a year and still just learned so much.  And now I get to keep working with her and learning from her.  It’s awesome.


Anything in particular that Lauren taught you that you bring to your own coaching?

The biggest thing is being a selfless player.  She really taught me to be kind of the point guard who sets up the plays, calms the team down, has that calm sense of urgency, sees the whole field and has her teammates’ backs.  She really put me in that leadership position at Fresno State and she’d work with me whenever I wanted to work on something—different skill sets or breaking down film.  Lauren helped me see that I wanted to be a coach, along with the current coach at Fresno State, Jessica Giglio, and Carlee Buck.  I’ve had a lot of great people supporting me.


I feel like we learn so much from our coaches.  Do you feel like there are any lessons that you’ve learned from your players?

I have a player on my George Fox team, her name is Alexa Nakashimada.  She’s a senior and a nursing major who does 12 hour clinicals, volunteers at the oncology center every Thursday and comes to practice every single day on something like three hours of sleep.  She’s really taught me that you’re never too busy to help someone.  To put your teammates or other people first.  Good leaders know how to serve people and good leaders know how to help people.  She’s really taught me to continue to be humble, to continue to be selfless, to continue to serve people.  


This is your first summer with Tenacity.  What are you most excited for?

Oh, man.  I’m excited to start coaching because not only is Tenacity’s philosophy in alignment with mine, but I know that I’m going to learn and grow as a coach so much and I know that Oregon needs this.  I think that the girls are going to get a whole new perspective and a lot of instruction.  Tenacity is bringing a perspective that Oregon lacrosse has yet to see, but that we’re very ready for.  Tenacity is a collaboration; everyone brings something to the table.  When I first joined Tenacity, I said to Theresa, ‘I am so excited to learn from you,’ and she said, ‘I’m excited to learn from you too.’  I sat back and though, wow, Theresa Sherry just said she would learn from me?!  


How does coaching for a college team and coaching for Tenacity balance?  What are the challenges?

With George Fox, I get to work with the girls every day and they’re right on campus.  It’s always a transition coaching a club team, because we only practice once a week, usually.  So you’ve got to have your best foot forward, you’ve got to have your best skill sets in hand and you’ve got to leave a lasting impression on the girls at that practice that makes them want to come back for more and makes them want to work hard all week on their own.  And I think Tenacity really brings that dynamic to the table.    

Written By: Courtney Bird
May 5th, 2016