Coach’s Corner: Marquita Busby

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The subject of this week’s feature is Marquita Busby who is the head coach of the North Bullitt track and field team.

1) What is your history with athletics in your personal life? I was a multi sport athlete as a child and played every sport you could think of from the age of five until the age of 11. That is when I fell in love with track and field. It quickly consumed me and became my passion. I competed in AAU and USATF over the summer as well as middle and high school winning multiple indoor and outdoor state titles and received a full athletic scholarship to Louisiana Tech University. I began training in mixed martial arts later in my adulthood and have competed as an amateur in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA, and BJJ. Athletics have afforded me some of the most amazing opportunities in my life and they have saved me from a society that it would have been very easy to get caught up and lost in.

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position? A New Orleans Native new to the Louisville area I was a bit shocked that track wasn’t as popular here as it is back home. I have always had a love for track that runs deep so being in this environment rekindled that flame and made me want to give the kids here the exposure and opportunities that I had at their age. I applied at several schools and was a bit discouraged at first because I hadn’t heard back from anyone. When I finally started receiving offers, North Bullitt High School seemed to be the best choice and it was.

3) Who do you look up to? My childhood coach and mentor Jeffrey Washington. He taught me the true meaning of hard work and humility. He held me accountable and expected nothing short of greatness from me. He made me believe I was the exception and that confidence and strength he instilled in me spilled over into my personal life and helped me overcome many battles I faced. Gail Devers also played a huge role in my triumphs. I was diagnosed with cancer at age 16 and knowing Gail Devers story and what she endured and accomplished pushed me to never quit. Even in my life now preparing for my second heart surgery I still draw inspiration and strength from her. She is an icon.

4) What are two primary goals you have/had for your team this season? Expose them to the true nature of the sport and lay the foundation and ground work for the culture of what North Bullitt track will be in the future

5) What is the hardest part of coaching for you? Getting the athletes to see and believe in their potential the way I do. Having them understand that their opportunities are infinite if they stop limiting themselves.

6) What qualities do you hope to instill in your players that they can take with them to their families, careers, and society? Hard work, humility, and accountability. I encourage them to set short and long term goals and then come up with a plan on how we can reach them. We’re always working towards the common goal of constant and consistent growth.

7) How do you motivate your best athletes to work even harder? I was taught a long time ago that the quality of the coach-athlete relationship is at the heart of player motivation. My athletes know they have a coach that is committed to helping them achieve their potential on and off the track. By taking the time to create an encouraging environment my athletes are inspired to motivate their teammates as well as work hard on their own.

8) What’s your favorite memory as a coach?  I can’t pinpoint one. Watching their constant growth and progress. Seeing the confidence and sureness start to seep in. Just being a part of their overall journey towards success.

9) What does coaching bring your family? Coaching brings me fulfillment. I take pride in coaching and am fully invested in it. I strongly feel that it is my duty to find the untapped potential in each athlete I encounter and magnify it to its full extent.

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. My athletes are coached to their potential not their comfort level.