Last school year I was awarded one of the very generous UPrep Recharge Grants to further explore my interest in athletics and leadership by visiting five women who work in the field of athletics.
Last school year I was awarded one of the very generous UPrep Recharge Grants to further explore my interest in athletics and leadership by visiting five women who work in the field of athletics. I was inspired by the 45th Anniversary of Title IX and my curiosity about how others are approaching leadership at their workplaces.
My trip took me on quite a few stops, including:
· Tempe, Arizona, to visit with UPrep graduate Erica Perkins Jasper (Class of 1997), the COO of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association;
· The Bronx, New York, to visit with mentor Marianne Reilly, who the Director of Athletics at Manhattan College;
· New Haven, Connecticut, to speak with childhood friend and former teammate Jen Fallon, the Head Coach of the University of New Haven’s Women’s Lacrosse team;
· Milford, Connecticut, to visit with former high school teammate Julie Esposito Johnson, the Varsity Girls Volleyball Head Coach at Foran High School (our old high school);
· And finally, Portland, Oregon to meet with UPrep alumna Katherine Reynolds (Class of 2006), who plays for the NWSL Portland Thorns.
My conversations were inspiring, and I was able to take the time to process the importance and value of mentors. The recharge helped me reaffirm my goals as a leader in education and athletics, as well as my role in helping find opportunities for others. It has given me a renewed focus to lead the program at UPrep with energy, enthusiasm, and school spirit and to serve as a role model of professionalism for students, parents, faculty and coaches. In addition, it resulted in a renewed personal commitment to find opportunities in athletics and leadership within the school and the greater Seattle community for myself as well as for others. It was fun to connect with people from my past, but as I noted in each and every conversation – what do we need to do in the present to continue the work?
I am happy to share that, in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the University of Washington Center for Leadership in Athletics is hosting a free Women’s Coaching Workshop on Saturday, February 3, at the Urban Horticulture Center from 9:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to provide both information and a platform for more women to get into coaching. As the University Prep Director of Athletics, I will be on the panel to discuss my experiences as an athlete, coach, and administrator and to provide attendees with recommendations and advice on how to pursue coaching positions for youth leagues and at local schools. The workshop format will include a speaker panel, two breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions to help with the development of action plans. The training is suitable for women who have never coached before, as well as for women who have a few years of youth coaching experience and want to continue their professional development. Community members, please reach out to email@example.com if you want more information. Here is the link to sign up to attend.
For those who would like to learn more about the women I visited during my recharge, I encourage you to follow them on twitter: @eperkins79_ITA, @kreynolds16, @mariannereilly. I am also happy to discuss my adventure in person over a cup of coffee or on the sidelines at a game!