One day…

September 30, 2008

One day we’ll get into the new gym.  The latest update is next Monday.  Thanks to Ang for sneaking in last week to get some shots of the sweet new facility.

– Coach Kim



September 25, 2008

Short, sweet, and to the point.

*great week of practice so far.  Macie has started to break from her shell, Leilanie has been stepping it up a notch, and the others have been doing well themselves.

*not in the gym yet.  We’ve stopped asking and will be happy to get in there when we can.

*after Coach Matt thought that we needed to time the girls so that they would push themselves, conditioning is where it should be now.  I still don’t have a good grasp on that concept because I never had to be told to go 100%, but since we initiated the timing this week, all of the girls are working like they should.

*it’s nice to have Nicole back after tweaking her knee.  She gives us more physicality on the floor.

*working the Solano football concessions this weekend to raise some money.  Come by and get a chicken sandwich.

*going to Chuck-E-Cheese as a team this week.  Little do the girls know I’m going to school them on the basketball game.

– Coach Kim

Cross your fingers…

September 22, 2008

Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get into our new gym today.

Construction on our new gym started at the end of the season last year, and just like all construction jobs seem to go, the “completion date” continues to get extended and extended. 

But today, we might just put our feet on the new floor.

Whatever happens, we’re going to do our best to have another productive week.

– Coach Kim

Monday update…

September 15, 2008

The Fall semester is always crazy for the coaching staff.  We’re busy getting the team ready for the season with conditioning, teaching them our system, and working with them on their fundamental knowledge & ability.

Plus, we’ve been swamped getting logistical things together.  There’s a lot to do at the junior college level that four-year university programs have administrative assistants or media personnel to do for them.  We’re updating our website, putting together this year’s media guide, organizing fundraising activities, designing our sophomore newsletter, and a whole lot of other things that are currently bombarding my to-do list.

The girl’s have been doing really well over the last week.  They’ve been working hard and they’re so much fun to watch at practice.  This year’s team competes, more than any other team I’ve coached at Solano.  We may be young, but we’re going to go hard at opponents.

– Coach Kim

Psst…pass the word

September 11, 2008

So far this week…

September 10, 2008

Interesting week so far.  We’ve had a good couple of days on the track and at practice, and yet there’s still somewhat of a bad taste in the coaches’ mouth.

It’s an adjustment when Freshman first step into a college athletic program.  They’re not used to the expectations and the responsibility.  We’ve had a couple lessons to learn this week, and I’m sure it will only make us stronger in the end and we’re going to be a better team for it.On a lighter note, Jessica has had an unbelievable week at practice.  She’s been so much fun to watch (that’s her, though blurry, in the weightroom).

-Coach Kim

More than just shooting baskets…

September 6, 2008

There’s more to being a part of a college athletic program than just playing the sport.

Our team just finished the first week of long sprints.  I’ve already told you how the first day went.  Wednesday was somewhat better, but still not drama-free.

Nick & Soroya

Nick & Soroya

On Friday, the individuals who had things that prevented them from conditioning on Labor Day had to make up their sprints.  During that conditioning, we ended up losing a player, who wasn’t able to push themselves through the discomfort and eventually made the decision that it wasn’t worth it.

There’s more to playing college basketball than showing up to practice and games.  The sprints are about getting our players ready for the season, yes.  However, they serve an even bigger purpose by teaching them how to push beyond their comfort zones. 

Bottom line is we don’t use our players. We expect our players to succeed academically and act like adults when they’re on their own.  We don’t just recruit them, have them show up and do whatever they want as long as they help us win games.  If you play at Solano, you’ll learn what real hard work is.  If you don’t want to do it, then you won’t make it.

– Coach Kim