AHS & PPCHS Coaches: Inspiring Players On & Off the Field

Kara Warren, Clubs Editor

 They inspire, motivate, and build. Not for themselves, but for the sake of their teams and each players’ individual strengths. These are our Pines Charter coaches. Uplifting student-athletes in basketball, volleyball, and water polo is just a part of the job, but going the extra mile has been revealed to be a constant quality among all of the athletic instructors around campus.

   During his time as Pines Charter’s football coach, Mr.Jablonka learned the ins and outs of the job. While tackling the responsibilities of being Charter’s first National Athletic Honor Society advisor, he made it his mission to highlight all that they do around campus. “Most times these high school coaches work multiple jobs, and then work as a coach on the side as well. They put in a lot of work and a lot of time. As much as student-athletes put in a ton of time, you have to remember coaches are doing the same thing!”

   Through the collection of student-made dedication posts, several coaches already expressed their own gratitude, for both their athletes and the Athletic Honor Society. “Even if it was just a quick post, they all appreciated the thought behind it.”

   Though they spend so much time dedicated to helping Charter’s athletes reach their full potential, they don’t get as much recognition as they deserve. Mr.Jablonka continued to add, “At most times, coaches don’t receive that sentimental gratitude when going through plays or the X’s & O’s. It’s always nice to show them that we also appreciate their time and their efforts in bettering our teams.” The National Athletic Honor Society hopes to make coach appreciation one of their top priorities and only stress that to the student body. And in their first year at PPCHS, they’ve already managed to accomplish that.