Coach’s Corner: Daniel Matthews

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The subject of this week’s feature is Daniel Matthews who is the head coach of the Fern Creek girls’ tennis team.

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

I’ve played sports for as long as I can remember, starting with soccer and tee ball when I was in grade school. In middle and high school, I ran track and played soccer, baseball, and basketball. I played one year of football in high school and basketball and tennis all four years.

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?

The spot opened up for the 2012 season, and our athletic director, Troy Johnson, hired me. I’m grateful he gave me this opportunity.

3) Who do you look up to?

My dad. He is a rock.

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

Every year, I want players to do two things throughout the season: 1) Improve and 2) Enjoy playing the game.

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

Juggling all the various talent levels at practice. Running drills and getting the right matchups can be a challenge when you have several players, some of whom are beginners, and they’re all at different levels.

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

To overcome challenges and not give up when things get tough.

7) How do you motivate your best athletes to work even harder?
To not be satisfied where they are in their development.

8) What’s your favorite memory as a coach?  

I don’t really have a specific memory. Overall, I’d say the most satisfying thing about coaching is seeing the improvement of my players over the course of a season, and if I’m fortunate enough – seeing their improvement over the course of their high school careers.

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

I’ve been fortunate enough to not have to deal with this.

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?

“Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:9)