Coach’s Corner: Jason Waddle, Bullitt East Archery

Coach’s Corner: Jason Waddle, Bullitt East Archery

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This week’s “Coach’s Corner” feature is Jason Waddle. He is the head coach of the archery team at Bullitt East High. If there is a coach you’d like to read about, feel free to email us your suggestions.

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

I played baseball and basketball in high school. I’ve coached youth baseball, softball, football and basketball. I served as sixth grade basketball coach at Mt. Washington Middle School.

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?

When my daughter was a freshman at Bullitt East, she joined the archery team. With my experience with bowhunting over many years, I was asked to help as an assistant coach. The coach that year retired after that season and I was named head coach.

3) Who do you look up to?

I look up to my parents. They are my role models in life.

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

Win an 8th consecutive regional championship, place top 5 at state, top 10 at nationals, and top 5 at worlds.

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

Seeing all the young men and women I coach graduate. They are my family.

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

Integrity, responsibility and hard work. I want to prepare these young people for life. These are essentials qualities in being a successful adult.

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

By letting them know what they can do and having the faith in them that they can excel in anything they put their mind to. You get out what you put in.

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

Overworking the kids. If they are burnt out, they will not perform at their peak level.  I learned to let the kids have some time off to rejuvenate.

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

I take it as motivation and build upon it.

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?

God doesn’t give you a shovel so you can pray for a hole.

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