- How long have you been working at Chapman / how did you get here?
This is the start of my 12th year. Coach Jue and I know each other from the basketball leagues that we participate in. We started out playing against each other and then played with each other for several years. She was in need of a new assistant and so she asked me. I guess the rest, as they say, is history.
- What’s your favorite story from working at Chapman?
Everything from my answer for #4!
- What’s the best part about working with student-athletes at Chapman?
One of the best parts about working with the student-athletes here at Chapman have been the relationships formed on and off the court, some of these lasting beyond graduation. Coach Jue will tell anyone coming through the program, whether they are a player, practice player, manager, or volunteer, that they are a part of this Chapman family. This has been one of the foundations set by her that has a lasting effect beyond these few years at school.
- What is the best moment from your couple of years of coaching at Chapman?
There have been so many “best” moments.
When I started we were Division III Independent. My second year we were able to host the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
We were able to take two trips to Taiwan to play in two different tournaments (2011, 2014).
The second year in the SCIAC we were co-champs of the regular season. I am lucky to have been able to work and start my family all while being at Chapman. Two months after having my first kid we made the NCAA Tournament. I went on a 20 hour round trip for the first round game. In 2018 we won our first SCIAC Tournament in a grueling overtime game. We went on another trip for the NCAA Tournament. This time my second kid was just over one year old. Each year has brought on new memories, not topping the previous, but adding to the compilation.
5. Anything else you want to say to Alumni?
Being part of Chapman Athletics is a unique experience for each individual. I hope those that were able to come through the gym doors (and those yet to come) know that they are always part of this family.