To be a coach means to be a leader, mentor, parent, nurturer and most importantly, an educator. Coaching requires an adamant amount of dedication, which means working endlessly to the game plan, practice and mentor your student athletes. This task can take a toll on any human being but if you have the drive and passion to develop winning teams, the possibilities are endless. Even the greatest coaches see new and unique challenges at every level. After all the game is constantly changing and evolving and even with technology and media as a centerpiece, you must understand how to build a winning strategy. A winning strategy comes from analysis, experience, and determination.
Often winning requires several lessons that can leave a lasting impression. Sometimes even losing a few games can help you understand your weaknesses that you must improve on. While of course winning is important, it’s also critical that you preach the enjoyment of the game itself. Confidence is infectious and getting a team to play confidently, proudly and relentlessly can lead to more than just winning. That kind of heart can lead to a bond as great as the bond of a family. It can help develop relationships and friendships that will last an eternity.
Stephen Souky is the proud coach of the Niskayuna Girls Travel Basketball Junior B team. He has coaches this team that has gone from a .500 record to the champions of the Capital District Girls Basketball League tournament. This team of 11 seventh grade girls had come together this past season, compiling an impressive 15-0 regular season record and establishing a position of dominance in the Capital District. Stephen’s daughter is also a member of this team and enjoys working with her father to be league champions.