The subject of this week’s Coach’s Corner feature is Jacqueline Anderson who is the head coach of Christian Academy’s lacrosse team.
1) What is your history with athletics in your personal life?
Athletics has always been something my family has enjoyed together. My father played baseball at U of L and my mother ran track and field competitively in high school and has always been very active. Prior to lacrosse, I had broken my ankle competing in taekwondo and was looking for a new way to be actively involved in athletics. Shortly thereafter, I fell in love with the sport of lacrosse and this is where my athletic career really began. I was fortunate enough to play on the lacrosse team at CAL for 5 years and then continued my lacrosse career at Centre College for the next 4 years.
2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?
I graduated from Christian Academy in 2012 after being a member of the varsity team for 5 years. I know the program, sport and what is needed for high school players to succeed in lacrosse. That, coupled with my love for the program, sport and most importantly girls on the team, helped me acquire the position. However, ultimately it was an answered prayer, and one I know I will be forever grateful for.
3) Who do you look up to?
There are two people that consistently come to my mind when I think about this question. The first is Job from the Old Testament. Job epitomizes patience, perseverance and an uncompromising love for God and those He created. The second is actually a father of one of the girls on my team, Tony Semak. He is someone who offers relentless support, encouragement, love and a Christ-like reflection to all those he comes into contact with. I know my team wouldn’t be the same without him. He played football at UofL and his ability to understand people and how to best motivate others is unparalleled.
4) What are two primary goals you have/had for your team this season?
I entered this season with a particular set of main goals, but the two that are most prevalent in my mind are these: For my girls to first and foremost grow in their love for God and those He created and to have confidence in their ability to properly react to adversity of all kinds.
5) What is the hardest part of coaching for you?
The hardest part of coaching in my opinion is learning how to respectfully and lovingly deal with players who are not invested in the sport or the people around them. I have been blessed to only have dealt with this on a handful of occasions, but when the unfortunate circumstance presents itself, it is always very disappointing.
6) What qualities do you hope to instill in your players that they can take with them to their families, careers, and society?
Resilience, determination, and a selfless love for others are the top 3 characteristics I strive to cultivate in my players.
7) How do you motivate your best athletes to work even harder?
The best motivator I have found is cultivating a strong bond of friendship within the girls on the team. There is nothing more motivating than the opportunity to contribute to the success of your coaches and teammates.
What’s your favorite memory as a coach?
8) My favorite memory from this year was when the seniors at the end of the season said that the culture of the team had completely changed for the better. The girls then conveyed their commitment to one another and are striving to work hard and grow in the off season.
9) What does coaching bring to you or your family?
Coaching brings my family and I the opportunity to positively impact future generations as well as allowing us to grow in our ability to communicate, motivate and guide today’s youth in being their very best.
10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?
“Love God and love those He created.”