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NorCal Coaches Earn Positive Coaching Alliance Award

NorCal Lacrosse Coaches Earn Recognition from the Positive Coaching Alliance

There are: 2 million youth lacrosse coaches nationally

800 were nominated for the PCA award

50 winners were selected

4 winners are lacrosse coaches

3 are from NorCal and coach in the NCJLA

 

Doug Appleton, Firehawks Youth Lacrosse Club Coach,  Bill Crowley, Lacrosse Coach at Woodcreek Lacrosse Club and Karen Healy-Silcott, former Girls’ Lacrosse Coach at Ponte Vedra High School, have each been recognized with the “Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach® Award” Presented by TeamSnap

 

We are proud to say that Appleton, Crowley, and Healy-Silcott are among the 50 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach® award, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The award includes a $200 prize, a certificate, and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports. All 50 winners are provided two tickets to PCA’s National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Benefit Sponsored by Deloitte to be held at Maples Pavilion on Stanford University’s Campus April 28th, 2018, where they will each receive recognition of their award.

 

The specific details from the press releases for each award recipient can be found below.

 

Doug Appleton, Firehawks Youth Lacrosse Club Coach, advisory board member for the Oakland Lacrosse Club, and board member for The Tewaaraton Foundation

 

March 6th, 2018, Mountain View, CA – Appleton is one of 50 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach award, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The award includes a $200 prize, a certificate, and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports.

 

“Appleton helps athletes win on and off the field,” said Brian Watson, Executive Director of PCA-SF Bay Area, the local Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Appleton helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”

 

Appleton, who earned All-Ivy League recognition and an Ivy League title in 1985 while playing at Brown University, went on to found his own lacrosse program, Team Talon, and Talon Lacrosse, a designer and developer of innovative lacrosse equipment, before becoming the founder and president of Firehawks Lacrosse Club in 2006. Appleton uses “FIRE” -focus, inclusion, respect, and effort as the team motto to sum up the key tenets of what Firehawks Lacrosse represents. Appleton believes strongly in all of the tenets but especially has taken the inclusion tenet to heart by partnering with Oakland Lacrosse Club to arrange playdates with inner-city teams and offering scholarships to players from East Menlo Park. “Because Lacrosse is perceived as more or less a white, prep-school sport, we wanted to make sure that first and foremost there was racial diversity and everyone was included, and even broader than that, we want to make sure that everyone is being a good citizen to one another”, he said.

 

In addition, the Firehawks Lacrosse Club works with Native Vision, a program run by the NFL Players Association and John Hopkins School of American Indian Health which goes into Native American reservations to run sports camps.  The NFLPA had many sports being played at camps, but Appleton approached them with the idea to include Lacrosse which has Native American roots. Appleton arranged for the Iroquois National Team to provide some coaches for the program and Firehawks Lacrosse continues to provide donations and equipment.

 

It was pointed out in the nomination materials for Appleton, that nowhere in the Firehawks motto does it speak of winning — it speaks of the characteristics of Firehawks players and coaches, and the values that the program is seeking to teach and instill in each player. Appleton and his staff have each player, parent and coach sign a contract at the beginning of the year which clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of each party.  Appleton fills the emotional tanks of the kids through publicly praising their efforts much more than the results.

 

Bill Crowley, Lacrosse Coach at Woodcreek Lacrosse Club

 

April 11, 2018, Mountain View, CA – Crowley is one of 50 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach award, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The award includes a $200 prize, a certificate, and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports. All 50 winners are provided two tickets to PCA’s National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Benefit Sponsored by Deloitte to be held at Maples Pavilion on Stanford University’s Campus April 28th, 2018 to receive recognition of their award.

 

“Coach Crowley helps athletes win on and off the field,” said Zach Streight, PCA-Sacramento Chapter Executive Director. By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Bill helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”

 

Ten years after founding his club, Crowley has reached the point where he has former players working alongside him as coaches. They say imitation is the best form of flattery, and it’s quite flattering for Crowley to now see his former players use the coaching techniques he used with them as players. Crowley also shares his love of lacrosse with the parents of players, often working with the younger teams so that he can mentor parents new to the game who have an interest in learning the game so they can help coach.

 

Always with a positive, upbeat approach, Crowley’s love of lacrosse comes through.  What started as a small program with one coach and 10 players, now boasts 10 teams, over 200 players, and 35 coaches.  Although he has many age levels in the club, Crowley chooses to coach at the entry level so that he can share his love of the game and instill life lessons from the beginning.  At the forefront of his instruction is honoring the game. “We try to elevate the kids to think beyond themselves and look at the broader implications of their behavior and sportsmanship”, he said.  As a metric for how they are doing, the club looks at how many kids return and their numbers are very high.

 

Crowley teaches the players lessons beyond lacrosse such as healthy living, being responsible for your body not just for sports but for a healthy life, leadership, and respect.  Unlike most sports teams, Woodcreek Lacrosse doesn’t award an MVP at the end of the season, instead, their highest club reward is the ‘Spirit of the Stick’ award, which is the player that most embodies the attributes of the game – an award that Bill created when he founded the club. He has parents and players alike read the book Spirit in the Stick by Neil Duffy which shares how lacrosse instills lasting values in just about every player that picks up a stick. The book describes the friendship, loyalty, dedication, perseverance, honesty and integrity that are learned and passed down to each and every player of the game. Crowley clearly uses lacrosse as a tool to teach life lessons.

 

April 5, 2018, Mountain View, CA –Karen Healy-Silcott, Girls’ Lacrosse Coach at Ponte Vedra High School

 

“Karen helps athletes win on and off the field,” said Jim Thompson, PCA Founder and CEO and author of nine books on youth sports, including The Power of Double-Goal Coaching. By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, she helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”

 

Healy-Silcott began her own lacrosse career as a top recruit in the inaugural women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse University. After completing her degree at Syracuse, Healy-Silcott got right into coaching as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts and has since coached at many levels and in several different programs.  After moving to the south to begin a family, she became the head women’s lacrosse coach at Ponte Vedra. Healy-Silcott works in youth lacrosse with the goal of providing outstanding athletic experiences for young girls. She always maintains a focus on the personal development of her players and using sport as a means to empower young girls in the early stages of their lives.  

 

As Dan Reiman, a parent of a player who nominated her for the award pointed out, all of her experience and success don’t necessarily make her a good coach.  What makes Karen a good coach is that she “takes the time to analyze each player’s game, individually and with others, provides specific and progressive improvements to that player’s game in digestible bites, positively molds those players into a team and most importantly, ensures that these girls love the game, love to learn, and love each other”, he said.

 

When Healy-SIlcott joined Ponte Vedra, she found a broken team.  Enthusiasm on the team was at an all-time low and morale was non-existent. Her approach to coaching: giving respect, listening, allowing for mistakes as part of the learning process, celebrating successes and teaching through example, created a positive change in the program almost overnight.  They went from a team with low expectations for the future to eventual champions.

 

Healy-Silcott now resides in Redwood City, CA where she runs the girls program for the Firehawks Lacrosse Club and serves on the advisory board for Oakland Lacrosse, an organization that provides lacrosse opportunities, mentorship, and academic support to Oakland City Public School students.

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to more than 1,800 free multimedia tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, along with online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

 

PCA resources, which have reached more than 8.6 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development Zone® culture, where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

·       The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

·       The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing.

·       The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

 

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission. PCA is proud to partner with the National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and over 35 professional teams across the United States.

 

List of national winners of PCA’s 2018 Double-Goal Coach Award Presented by TeamSnap



 


by posted 04/13/2018