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I was 20 years old when I first volunteered as a youth baseball coach.  It was this experience that inspired my career path.  I knew I was capable of guiding kids to enjoy sports, have positive competitive experiences, and learn the same lessons that sports taught me.

I completed my Kinesiology degree and teaching credential at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  The early years of my Physical Education teaching career were highlighted with both coaching High School sports and teaching my students to find joy in playing a game, sport or participating in a physical activity.  More recently, I became the Athletic Director at a local Middle School.  This opened my eyes to youth sports and inspired me to continue my education and pursue a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration.  Those studies have given me a refreshed perspective of both the purpose and direction of youth sports today.  In the last five years, I have had the honor of volunteer coaching my own sons' sports, where I have integrated much of this new philosophy with positive results.

In a culture that is consumed by early specialization for youth athletes, often leading to burn-out, I find that the key to success is to help kids find the joy and life-lessons that sports offer us...putting the 'play' back into youth sports.

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