Congratulations to our Coach of the Week! If you want to nominate a coach please complete the form at the bottom of this page. The Coach of the Week program honors youth basketball coaches who make substantial impacts on the sport of basketball and in the lives of their players. One coach from the Virginia, District of Columbia or Maryland area will be selected weekly beginning early December through March. The coach of the week will be featured on www.wizardsmysticsyouthbasketball.com. In order for your coach to be considered all information below must be completed by a youth basketball league administrator, coach, parent, community member and/or player.
Coach of the Week: Christy Winters Scott
1. What age is your team? Boys/Girls? Team's Record? What leagues do you play in?
14-18yrs old; Girls; 23-4 record last season; Liberty Conference (6 District Champions with 60-42 win over Madison HS)
2. When did you know you wanted to coach basketball? How long have you been coaching?
When I helped to coach a Junior Team while playing professionally in Europe. I am beginning my 20th year of coaching. (Division 1 Assistant Coach - GMU-4yrs, UMD-5yrs, Georgetown-1yr, beginning 10th season as the Head Coach at South Lakes HS)
3. What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Seeing the team work together while thinking team first on both sides of the ball, and knowing that they trust each other to give their best effort mentally and physically. Off of the court, I love to see the confidence that has been built in their character through athletics.
4. How do you go about motivating your players?
I have our team examine their mindset. What they say internally tends to manifest in how we play collectively as a group. We have a fantastic staff, and we are all on the same page when it comes to approach, and attention to details.
5. What skills/characteristics do you look for in your players?
Focus, execution, unselfishness, energy and effort, genuine joy when the team does something well, and consistency in all of the above. In terms of skills, knowing when, how, and what kinds of passes to make to give our team an advantage to score, self-motivated defenders and rebounders, and scorers who do not pass up on open opportunities to attack.
6. What is the biggest challenge you've had as a coach and how did you overcome it?
When I first got the job at South Lakes, our team had a 0-21 record the season before. Our biggest challenge was getting our entire program to believe that they could do it. It took time, but they gained confidence every season (Combined 7 wins in first 2 seasons, then 11-11, then 19-4, and regular season champions). There is now an expectation of success for our program, and we have been able to sustain that way of thinking the last several years. (49-10 record in last 2 seasons).
7. What advice would you give to new coaches?
Respect the process, and allow the team to grow together…mentally. Attitude and confidence are two major keys to success at any level, and will make or break your plight for change. Be prepared each day for practice with game speed break down drills, and situations. Keep practices competitive, and have players hold each other accountable for the success of the team. During games, don’t be afraid to go to plan c or d on the game plan. You must be able to change with the tide of the game, and have the trust of the team to make viable adjustments.
8. What is your favorite Bullets/Wizards player of all time? On this year’s team?
While there are so many fantastic players who have worn the Bullets/Wizards uniforms, notably Bobby Dandridge, Phil Chenier, and even Michael Jordan (!), I will have to say Elvin Hayes would be my favorite of all time. I watched those games with my Dad, and he was a flat out scorer with a soft touch. For this year’s team, I will say John Wall. He has only scratched the surface on the player that he will become. Plus, as a Mom, to see the genuine emotion, and love that John has for his Mom, family, and community, is certainly commendable. He will continue to improve and grow because of his tremendous work ethic and personal incentive.
9. What has been your most memorable Bullets/Wizards moment?
Winning the 1978 Championship; covering the great playoff run in 2005; and last season, watching the Wizards defy the odds of many by advancing to the second round of the playoffs. They believed!
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