Coach’s Corner: Shawnee’s Geary Morton

Coach’s Corner: Shawnee’s Geary Morton

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to sponsor the weekly “Coach’s Corner”, featuring a high school coach from women’s athletics in the local community. Since 1974 the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic has served the local area for orthopaedic problems and musculosketal issues. The sports medicine program has team physicians for local high schools which provide sports physicals and urgent care for athletes. Click here for details on SPORTS INJURY URGENT CARE.

This week’s “Coach’s Corner” feature is Geary Morton, head girls’ track and field coach at The Academy @ Shawnee. If there is a coach you’d like to read about, email suggestions to ashli@louisvillewomensports.com.

GMorton (002-2)1) What is your history with athletics in your personal life?

Three-sport athlete at Louisville Central High School:  football, basketball and track.  Ran track at Kentucky State University. Semi-finalist in the 100 meter dash as a freshman in NCAA Division II National Championship. Started and coached the Thorobred Track Club for youth ages 7-18 for ten years.  Assistant boys’ track coach at Male High for two years – two state championships.  Girls’ head coach at Central High for eight years.

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?

I assisted a former runner and when he left, I stayed.

3) Who do you look up to?

Dr. Ken Gibson, Hall of Fame coach at Kentucky State University

4) What are two primary goals you have/had for your team this season?

Positive experience for each runner; teach them to train and compete against the best in the state.

5) What is the hardest part of coaching for you?

Keeping them involved and interested

6) What qualities do you hope to instill in your players that they can take with them to their families, careers, and society?

Qualities that the athlete can utilize in life would be the following: have a positive attitude; good work ethic;     enjoyment in what you do; and humility.

7) How do you motivate your best athletes to work even harder?

I find creative ways to enhance the level of training that allows the athletes to have fun in practice and competition    as well as increasing their personal goals.

8) What is one mistake you’ve made in your coaching career, and what did you learn from it?

Early in my career, I talked about what I did. I have learned to teach them what they can get from track.

9) How do you handle criticism from parents, athletic director, the media, and others?

First, I listen to the criticism and let the individuals have their say and not interrupt them.  When it is my turn to    speak, I explain my point of view.  I make sure I thank the individuals voicing their concerns and let them know I will take them under consideration.

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?

“Fundamentally sound athlete will beat the gifted athlete most often.” – former DuValle Jr. High School basketball coach Warren Wainwright

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