Balboa High School coach Rocio Ramirez won the Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award. She will accept the prize at the annual National Youth Sports Award dinner and auction today at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park.
What do you coach?
I coach cheerleading and soccer, and teach physical education.
Why do you think you won this award?
I’ve asked myself this too. The award is more than just coaching. I’m a teacher, role model, sister and friend to the athletes, both girls and boys. I go far and beyond to meet their needs both on and off the court and in their schoolwork. The girls know the obstacles I’ve had in my life and I teach them that they have to figure out a way to get around or over obstacles in their lives and show them how to be powerful women in life in general. I help them build self-confidence and self-worth.
How does it feel to win the award?
I’m very nervous, but thrilled to be chosen. It has inspired me to enhance my coaching abilities. I’m honored and grateful that people have recognized my hard work and dedication.
Where do you get your motivation and enthusiasm from?
My nieces and nephews. I want them to grow up and have the motivation to do sports and see how fulfilling they are.
How do the students benefit from your coaching methods?
"Life is like soccer — we need goals to succeed." This is one of the quotes we get the girls each year. We relate everything to the team. Without each other, we can’t continue to excel. They can’t be selfish or an individual because they have to think how their actions will effect everyone else on the team.