My coaching philosophy is similar to my teaching philosophy because I believe that every coach is an educator (or should be). I coach in order to facilitate my athletes' aquisition of life skills and democratic values. I work diligently to promote in my athletes a commitment to hard work by modeling it. I give 100% to each player and each season and I expect my players to do the same. I hope very much to teach my student-athletes that commitment to the greater good is always more rewarding than commitment to one's own needs, and that to achieve the greatest good for the team, one must learn to balance one's own needs with that of the team's needs, always. I also expect my athletes to commit themselves to treating their bodies with respect and love and to cultivate a commitment to bodily health that will serve them their entire lives. This includes a commitment to eating beautiful foods thoughtfully cultivated as well as pushing one's body to go that extra bit in order to excel just that much more, while always maintaining committment to one's well being. I think it is important for young women, in particular, to come to love their bodies and honor their balanced health, especially in a culture which tells them to only value their bodies through the eyes of others. For me as both an athlete and as a coach, athletics has been a conduit for learning life skills. There are no greater project based learning or service based learning opportunitites than those afforded to every team on and off the court. There the service is to one's teammates and the project is to put together a season that stands in the athlete's memory as one of the best times of that athlete's life (win or lose). As my athletes move forward from high school, I hope that they will understand that the real achievement of their athletic careers is the aquisition of their abilities to lead, to strive, to fail, to learn, to care, to follow, and to believe (in themselves and those around them).