Interview with Girl’s Basketball Coach: Ms. Donohue

Stephanie Mach interviewed Ms Donohue the girl’s varsity basketball coach about the team and her goals as a coach. Ms. Donohue is also a sophomore and junior English teacher at Brooklyn Tech.

 

 

What inspired you to become the coach?
I played on my own basketball team during high school and have previously coached at the Bronx. My grandpa was also a women’s semi-pro basketball coach.


How has your high school coach influenced your coaching?
My coach was very strict. Something that stuck out to me was my coach’s emphasis on punctuality. In coaching my team right now, I ensure that each player is committed and hold the responsibilities they have to the team.

What is the most challenging part of being a coach to you?
Being a coach definitely takes a big time commitment. During the beginning of the season, it also takes time to understand the personality of each player in the team and work out how to combine them together to work as a team.

Has there been any memorable moments on the court for you?
We played in a tournament against the High School of Environmental Studies during Christmas break. It was the first game where everyone played their best and contributed to the game.  Most of all, they all had fun in the court.


What do you think is the team’s best quality?
The team’s best quality is their tenacity. In each game, they give a hundred percent of their effort on the court no matter what.

How has the team grown since the beginning of the season?
They’ve really come together as a team. We have built really strong captains that lead and help each player. Each player has recognized that they are a part of something big and how the things they do impacts everyone in the team.

What inspired you to become the coach?

I played on my own basketball team during high school and have previously coached at the Bronx. My grandpa was also a women’s semi-pro basketball coach.


How has your high school coach influenced your coaching?
My coach was very strict. Something that stuck out to me was my coach’s emphasis on punctuality. In coaching my team right now, I ensure that each player is committed and hold the responsibilities they have to the team.

What is the most challenging part of being a coach to you?
Being a coach definitely takes a big time commitment. During the beginning of the season, it also takes time to understand the personality of each player in the team and work out how to combine them together to work as a team.


Has there been any memorable moments on the court for you?
We played in a tournament against the High School of Environmental Studies during Christmas break. It was the first game where everyone played their best and contributed to the game.  Most of all, they all had fun in the court.


What do you think is the team’s best quality?
The team’s best quality is their tenacity. In each game, they give a hundred percent of their effort on the court no matter what.

 

How has the team grown since the beginning of the season?
They’ve really come together as a team. We have built really strong captains that lead and help each player. Each player has recognized that they are a part of something big and how the things they do impacts everyone in the team.

 

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