Posts Tagged ‘John Wooden’

Today as we prepare the offices for the new coaches to come in I find myself full of mixed emotions.  I am excited for the fans, players, friends, and boosters in the city of Santa Barbara. Change is coming to town.  We had a GREAT 3 year run.  3 Championships and a WNBA draft pick.  And now it is someone else’s turn to grab the torch and run…

Recently, our leader Lindsay Gottlieb received an opportunity of a lifetime.  She had the opportunity to become the head coach at Cal.  An opportunity that could not be passed up. Since then our athletic director has spent countless hours trying to find the perfect person to carry and build upon the legacy here at UC Santa Barbara.  Tomorrow at 11 am he will announce who that person is during the press conference here at UC Santa Barbara.

Right now we (staff) are going through old pictures, plays, diagrams, practice plays, and memories. We are currently listening to Gil’s favorite pump up song.  “Stay” by Sugarland.  (Yeah I don’t get how that pumps anyone up lol)  but it has been her go to song during the MANY late nights she put in the office.  Coach Barsky just reminded us of one of our plays we had two seasons ago called “Attack/pistol/shake/twist into Thunder”.  Coach Ho has just entertained us with her GIGANTIC play cards that even Stevie Wonder can see.  🙂  And if Evan Unrau were here, I’m sure we would pull out the “Manule” (misspelled on purpose) from our first year! There is a sea of laughter…and all I can think is…I love these women!

Through the ups and downs…over the course of three years… one thing thats never shaken… has been our bond.  We are all extremely different, but carry the same passion, and love for UC Santa Barbara and supporting family.  And right now we are sitting around laughing at all of the great (and not so great) times we have had.  (Like the time Sha’rae Mitchell’s stitches fell apart at 2 a.m. the night before a game!) 🙂 I am thankful for each memory.

Change is coming for us all.

I ran across a book that was given to me our first year here at UC Santa Barbara.  “Wooden.  A lifetime of observations and reflections on and off the court.” by John Wooden and Steve Jamison.  Nothing could define better what I am feeling then this excerpt from the book:

“Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.”

It has been a great run Santa Barbara.  I have loved EVERY minute here.  The good/bad/and in between. 🙂 Although I am sure I will see much of our supporting cast at our Women’s Basketball Golf Tournament tomorrow I wanted to give thanks to all those that have helped in this journey.  First I am thankful to God for EVERYTHING. My friends and family, you guys have been more supportive than I deserve.  For 8 months out the year, I neglect you all (not purposeful) 🙂  And you are always there no matter what. THANK YOU. Lindsay Gottlieb for taking a chance on me when hiring her very first staff.  I learned more in those three years than one could imagine. THANK YOU.  Our staff, for always being there. THANK YOU!  The amazing young women who soaked up everything that we had to offer them. THANK YOU. Our amazing athletic director Mark Massari and his wife Kim who have been our programs biggest supporter. THANK YOU!  Our support staff Matt Hurst, Richard Loza, Lucia Serrano, Larry James, and Carlos Garcia. THANK YOU!  Jack and Joe THANK YOU for helping us keep our kids on track academically.  Patricia who keeps our offices looking amazing. (She has to be the hardest working woman here.)  THANK YOU! Dave Harkness , the best team bus driver ever.  THANK YOU! Tom Hastings (Associate AD) and Diane O’Brian (SWA) THANK YOU! All of the coaches that work as our colleagues, you guys have been amazing! THANK YOU.  Bob Williams and Staff THANK YOU for making us feel welcome since our first day in Santa Barbara.  Steve O’Brian, THANK YOU for all of your work! Our chancellor and his wife, Henry and Dilling Yang your support at every game has meant so much. THANK YOU.  All alumni of the program, you have been with us every step of the way!  THANK YOU for believing in us! Christina Baglas and Alison Keck…THANK YOU! Donnell Dixon…THANK YOU!  Janice, Laura, Renee THANK YOU! Hazel…THANK YOU!  Bob and Leroy…THANK YOU!  Jeremy “Best strength coach in the nation” Bettle…: -) THANK YOU!  Last but not least the FASTBREAKERS…you guys rock!  Seriously, you have made us your family and we are thankful!  THANK YOU doesn’t seem to be enough, but it is all I have right now.  The impact you have made on the young ladies at UCSB is remarkable.

This has been a journey I will never forget…