Coach’s Corner: Lauren Murphy, Kentucky Premier

Coach’s Corner: Lauren Murphy, Kentucky Premier

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This week’s “Coach’s Corner” feature is Lauren Murphy. She coaches Kentucky Premier’s sixth grade AAU team here in Louisville. She is also an assistant coach for Ballard girls’ basketball. If there is a coach you’d like to read about, email suggestions to ashli@louisvillewomensports.com.

1) What is your history with athletics in your personal life?

I have been playing sports ever since I could remember growing up. My love for the game of basketball grew when I first hit middle school and I decided to just focus on that. I was fortunate enough to play middle and high school basketball, and later on I played in college. After my last season in college, I knew I wanted to coach and be an impact on a player’s life.

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?

The head coach at Ballard is a close family friend and he gave me a call asking if I would assist him in coaching. The head coach also told me about the opportunity to coach AAU. I showed up to the first tryout to meet Coach Bibb (Kentucky Premier Director, Louisville region) and I am thankful that both of these coaches gave me the opportunity to coach for their programs.

3) Who do you look up to?

The person I look up to most would be my mother. Three years ago, my mother won her fight against cancer and during that time she was still making sure my younger sister and I were taken care of. After going through that traumatic sickness and time, I saw how much of a strong, determined fighter she was and I love her so much for that!

IMG_04884) What are two primary goals you have/had for your team this season?

My first goal I had for this season was to make sure after each practice the girls learned something new about the game of basketball. My second goal that I have is to boost my players’ confidence higher by the end of the season.

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

The hardest part about coaching for me is asking my players to perform a certain skill and expecting them to get it right away, when I should take more time teaching it.

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

The main quality that I hope to instill in my players is hard work. I’m a firm believer of hard work pays off, so if my players work hard for what they are trying to achieve, they will have a higher appreciation value after receiving it.

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

I motivate my best athletes by challenging them every day. If they want to go on to the next level, they have to take their skills to the next level also.

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

One mistake that I’ve made in my coaching career is when I first started coaching, I would come off as a friend because I wanted to make sure the players liked me. What I learned from that is there’s a difference between being their friend and just having a relationship with them. Players don’t need any more friends; they need more people to help lead them in the right direction.

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

The way I handle criticism is by really listening to what is being said and not to how it is said. I believe all criticism helps you in some kind of way.

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?

The philosophy I live by is Philippines 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I believe that if you keep God first, He will lead you down the right path and any obstacles that get in your way, God will give you the strength to overcome them.

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