Can you talk about sportsmanship and what that means to you?
We talk about athletics at Brownsburg High School is not a right, it’s a privilege. With privileges like that come higher expectations. First and foremost, they are a student and they have to get things done in the classroom. And then we have a code of conduct for student-athletes and that’s obviously sportsmanship on and off the playing fields and floors. So when you represent Brownsburg athletics, you’re representing your self, your team, your family and your community. So, that’s first and foremost.
What do you feel is the purpose of competition or sports at the high school level?
I think it’s a great development tool for young men and women. It teaches time management. It teaches sportsmanship. It teaches how to deal with conflict. It’s a tool they’ll use the rest of life, no matter what business or career they decide upon whether in college or a post graduate level. It’s got a lot of the team building you may not get in the terms of siblings if you’re an only child. A perfect example is organizational skills. You have to juggle lots of things and you have the opportunity to do that and be successful later in life. Again, team building, conflict resolution, conflict management, organizational skills, and time management. It’s a great way for young people to learn.
Can you talk about your view on student-athlete’s using social media?
Social media can be a really good friend or a big enemy. I know some of our coaching staff has rules now that some of our student-athlete’s can’t tweet after a certain time at night, at a certain time on a school night or night before a game or that kind of thing. Most of those coaches have made it a mandatory requirement that the athlete must allow them to follow them. I think that’s cut down on a lot of things that student-athlete’s have to think about before they tweet. It’s no different when I talked to the incoming freshmen class in freshmen boot camp, and we talk about this at our parent meetings; you do not want anything said on twitter that you wouldn’t want your grandparents to read. I do think coaches are paying much more attention to what athletes are saying on their twitter account and they know that and so I think they’ve cleaned that up.