April 2018 Coach Interview

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Meet Jamie MacLean

School and Sport: Algonquin College Women’s Basketball

A: Tell us a little bit about you:

JM: I and the Head Coach of the Algonquin College Thunder. I am just about to complete my first season as head coach. I have been coaching basketball for over 15 years, everything from camps to high school to club. I am also the President of the Ottawa Youth Basketball Academy.

A: How have you found your recruits in the past?

JM: Most of my recruits have come through my experience coaching at the high school and club contacts. I also spend a lot of time watching basketball games looking for hidden gems.

A: What do you look for in a new recruit?

JM: The biggest things I look for in recruits are commitment to the team, high compete level, athleticism, and high desire to spend more time on individual development.

A: What is one piece of advice would you give anyone interested in playing sports in university?

JM: If you are looking to play at the next level, not just skill will get you there. Coaches are looking for the players who do the little things right, win the hustle battles, and are willing to put team over self.

A: What should an athlete ask a prospective coach to help determine if that school/team/coach is a good fit?

JM: Where do you see me fitting into your team when I come into the program next year and where do you see my game growing?

A: What challenges do you see your players struggling with as a student-athlete?

JM: I see athletes starting to struggle with the combination of next level sport and making time to make sure their education stays as the primary focus.

A: What are your thoughts on Atleta?

JM: I am new with Athleta, but I am excited at the prospect of finding athletes outside of my initial recruiting area.

A: What is important for the athlete to highlight in video footage?

JM: Make sure you don’t just show offence, show what you can do to help your team win on the defensive end.

A: What are some of the worst mistakes you’ve seen athletes make when creating video footage?

JM: Short clips showing only self-play.

A: Tell us a little bit about your school, your athletic department, and/or your team (Humble brag)

JM: Algonquin College is a member of the OCAA and the Women’s Basketball program is in the first year of turning the program around. We are looking to return to our previous form of being a regular provincial contender.

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