By Natalie Jarrett, women's basketball assistant coach
Why Do I Coach?
Prior to my graduation at UCLA, if you were to tell me that I would make coaching my career, I would have looked at you like you had a third eye! My desire to be a coach did not stem until after my first year of being an assistant at a small private school in the heart of Los Angeles. After the conclusion of that season, there was no doubt that I wanted to make coaching my career.
It’s funny, I’m in my 13th year of coaching and my reasons for why I coach have transformed over the course of the years. One reason has remained the same though; I coach because I know the impact my JV high school coach had on me. He was instrumental in my success coming out of high school and was dedicated into pushing me both academically and athletically. He challenged me daily and used basketball to reach and relate to me.
Fast forward to today; I coach because I love this game! I want to give back to a game that has given so much to me.
I coach because I have the ability to mentor young women daily, both athletically and spiritually. I believe God has given me the platform to teach through basketball.
And, while I enjoy the technical side of basketball and teaching players the x’s and o’s, I love forming lifelong relationships. I coached high school basketball for seven years, and I still communicate with all of them. My players now live in all parts of the world and the irreplaceable feeling to get a text from one of them that they are coming to support me and my team at a game, reminds me why I coach.
I coach to see players transform from innocent young women into confident women. I coach because I love motivating others to do things they otherwise think they cannot do. I love to see their maturation over the course of the years and enjoy watching them grow, both on and off the court, and I know my role as their coach is important in helping to accomplish that.
There are so many reasons why I coach, but these are just some of the most important reasons I do!