Without question growing up in a single parent household, my football and track coaches made a huge difference in my life. A lot of who I am comes from that experience.
In this video, I share how I started coaching football and what it's meant to me. There's a particular game that sparked my interest to do it. One of the best decisions of my life was getting involved in coaching football.
I learned about myself, my work ethic, being organized and driven towards achieving a goal. Ironically, the game that gave me that motivation was one coached by Bill Parcells (my favorite coach ever) when he led the Jets in 1999. I can still remember everything about the experience: the warm early September weather, the roar inside the old Giants Stadium and the no-brainer feeling like: "shit, I need to be doing this."
The next day I was taking action. I called a few high schools in my area, but it didn't work out. Finally, I decided to venture to George Washington HS. This was a weird feeling because my high school Julia Richman and "G-Dubs" were bitter rivals. But that was a long time ago and I just wanted a chance. I caught the coaching bug and I was determined to get involved. My good friend now, Anthony "Coco" Thompson gave me a shot when I didn't know anyone there. He was running the program with Jessica Poseluzny, a teacher at the school, who would go one to become the New York City Public School Athletic League's first female varsity football coach. She's a Jets fan, too. When news hit about her story she received an autographed gift from Coach Parcells. I appreciate them giving me an opportunity.
Btw, here's a video we did around the program and impact we made of G-Dubs.