Evolution Skills Trainer
2 Years Coaching Experience
2 Years Training Experience
- Selinsgrove Area High School, 2004
- Susquehanna University, B.S. Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, 2008
- Duquesne University, M.S.Ed Child Psychology, CAGS School Psychology, 2011
- Selinsgrove Area High School, 2004 First Team SVL All-Star, 2004 Offensive Player of the Year
- Susquehanna University, 2004-2008
- 2 years coaching experience
- 2 years training experience
My basketball career began like many others: trying to be just like an older sibling. It was the “family sport.” I simply wanted to fit in. That quickly evolved into feeling that same sense of belonging when I began playing organized basketball in junior high and high school. My teammates were my family. I loved having a group of people who had my back both on and off the court. The memories I made with them growing up continue to be some of the happiest days of my life.
Apart from the team aspect of the game, I found that shooting a basketball was a great way to forget about life for a while. Nothing else mattered except the next shot I took. I would spend hours outside in my driveway taking as many shots as I could before it got dark. As my shooting skills improved, I reveled in the confidence I had during games and I always wanted to be the person to have the ball in my hand when the game was on the line. That self-confidence proved very helpful throughout my adolescence and early adulthood. I felt successful doing an activity I loved
I chose to attend Susquehanna University to play basketball and run track and field. Being a multi-sport athlete helped me learn time-management and organizational skills. I consistently performed better in the classroom when I was in-season. I earned a degree in Psychology and Legal Studies and decided to continue my graduate school studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. I became a School Psychologist in 2011 and work in Fairfax County Public Schools, specializing in supporting students with emotional disabilities.
I believe coaching is an amazing gift. I have been fortunate enough to experience coaches who have cared about me as a person as well as an athlete. My high school coach always used to say to me, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” It wasn’t enough to have natural ability. A strong work ethic was expected. When I struggled at the beginning of my college career, he reminded me that we learn the most about who we are when faced with adversity. I’m grateful I had someone to call to remind me to never give up.
To have the opportunity to coach and mentor the next generation of basketball players has been fulfilling. I hope to be able to pass on some lessons and knowledge that were helpful to me. Basketball really can change your life and I look forward to helping build positive experiences in the sport!