by TOM SCOTT From the word go, the Rockford girls basketball team had their work cut out for the night of Friday, Feb. 18, as the Jenison team was matching Rockford’s skills and scoring abilities at every chance. Rockford proved their dominance despite the tough competition and held the lead at halftime, 20-16. The Lady Rams kept the heat on through the second half and held on to win 42-40. Kimberly Weston, was the evening’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Rachel Henry with six points. The win gives the girls a league record of 12-6. At halftime, fans had the privilege of viewing Rockford’s Athletic Director Tim Erickson presenting Rams senior Ryan Majerle with a plaque in his honor in regards to his four-year full-ride basketball scholarship at Toledo University.
What makes a good coach by TIM ERICKSON Director of Athletics Rockford High School As I pass by the students each day, many of them greet me with, “Hey Coach!” or, “What’s up, Coach E?” Although I have not actually called the plays or paced the sidelines for several years, I still do some coaching—but now, instead of coaching the players and teams, I am honored to coach the coaches. So what makes a good coach? Each year we receive thousands of perceivers completed by our athletes and parents to help assist me in evaluating the coaching staff. Although all coaches receive some positive—as well as some negative—feedback, there are some characteristics that stand out in our most effective coaches. A successful coach understands how to communicate with players in a way that gets results. The goal of coaching is to guide, inspire and empower the athlete to realize and develop his or her potential. The following is a list of some of the common characteristics of our most effective coaches: Has Good Communication Skills—An effective coach knows how to explain drills and plays so that all team members can understand the directions. In addition, and perhaps even more importantly, effective communication skills include being a good listener. Good coaches seek out feedback from their players and parents. Is Respected—The effective coach leads by example. A good coach follows the same rules which he/she expects of the players. Therefore, a coach who wants respect also needs to show respect; a coach who expects players to remain positive needs to display a positive attitude; and a coach who wants athletes to listen needs to listen to the players. Athletes need to follow a reasonable set of rules both on and off the field. Effective coaches handle violations in a prompt and fair manner while being consistent with all athletes. Knows the Sport—A great coach has a deep understanding of the sport, from the fundamental skills to advanced tactics and strategy. Coaches may have experience playing, but not all former players make good coaches. Coaches must plan for the season and each practice. They need to know and understand the rules. Even the most experienced coaches must continue to learn and develop new training techniques. Attending coaching clinics […]
Rockford High School Athletic Director Tim Erickson has recently appointed Tim Jacobs as the head coach for the women’s high school crew team and Greg Hobart as head coach for the men’s high school crew team. Jacobs has coached in various capacities within the communities of Rockford and Ravenna. He teaches physical education and wood tech at Rockford Freshman Center. Hobart has coached the varsity B wrestling team for over 20 years and became interested in crew last year when asked to photograph the team at the Grand Rapids Regatta. He works at Rockford High School, assisting in the wood tech classes.