We believe that players gain confidence and a love for the game through positive feedback from parents, coaches, and other players. Skill levels develop at different rates, but effort can always be achieved. We try to always provide positive feedback for effort. We also think it's important that a coach takes more than a casual interest in the players. We strive to talk with all the players 1 on 1 at some point during the practices and games. We want them to know that we're interested in what they have to say and more importantly, we want them to know that their coach likes them as a person. We believe in trying to make practices as fun and entertaining for the players as possible, while teaching the fundamentals and instruction that they need to improve. We've found that players respond well to structured and organized practices. Attention span is often limited with this age group, so we will strive to keep them moving and active. Teamwork and developing friendships is an important part of any team sport. We always tell the girls how important it is for them to support each other and to always be positive towards their teammates. Competition is an important element of any sport and as kids grow they naturally become more competitive. We don't talk about "needing to win a game." We feel a coach's role and that of the parents is helping the players develop the ability to deal with competition in a healthy way.
Graduate of Chippewa Valley High School, Class of 1986. Graduate of Eastern Michigan University 1990.
A stand-out as a Chippewa Valley Big Red (nine varsity letters), Gina received a Softball Scholarship to play at EMU. She played with Team USA at the 1990 Olympics Festival which won a Silver Medal for their efforts.
Chippewa Valley Softball Coach: 1990-95
St. Thecla JV Coach: 2017
St. Thecla Varsity Coach: 2019
St. Thecla Athletic Director: 2018-2020
Sports Director, Liberty Park of America: 2002-2008
Parks and Recreation Professional for 30 years