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Coach's Corner-Katie Ruff

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By Greg Woods

Basic bio

Age:

28

Birthplace:

Springfield, Illinois

High School:

Springfield High School

College:

University of Kentucky

Occupation

High School Math Teacher

Coaching Background

I have coached volleyball for 4 years now at HCHS. The first year I coached I was an assistant and learned a lot of useful things.

Husband/Wife/Children:

Single

Outside interests:

 

I play on a co-ed softball team, I like to be outside any chance I get, I have a dog named Peanut that I love spending time with. Other than that I just enjoy being around friends and family!

Why did you get into coaching?

 

I have to say volleyball is one of the best sports out there. It has always been something I loved to watch and play. Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to coach and share my love of the game with others. Going to practice every day and being able to teach something you love is amazing. Seeing the girls grow up over time is the experience of a lifetime.

What is your coaching philosophy?

 

Playing time is earned, not given. Players should show up every day with their best effort, attitude and performance. They should respect one another as well as the coaches. Being on a team is a privilege not a right and everyone must work hard to keep that privilege. Above everything, players should remember volleyball is a game and it should be something that is fun and enjoyable.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career?

 

  In 7th grade my basketball team won the state championship and in 8th grade we won 3rd place in the state. Both of those games will be with me forever along with the memories of my team. It was such a great experience. More recently, winning second place in the district tournament and going on to region last year was a great accomplishment.

If you could have a couple of hours with any great coaching legend past or present who would it be? Why?

 

Pat Summit. I have always admired her work. She is a great coach and has continuously had great teams at Tennessee. I love watching the way she thinks on her feet and coaches her players. She is truly an inspiration.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for your players?

 

Enjoy every second you have on the court and with your team because it goes by so fast. Before you know it you will be wishing for one more game!

If you could change one thing about high school athletics what would it be? Why?

 

I would change the amount of pressure that players have on them to win. It is a competitive world and of course we all want to succeed, but it is important for players to accept that they will not always win. The most important thing is that they give their all every time they have a chance to step on the court, whether that is in practice or a game. Sometimes you just come up short, but as long as you know you gave it 100 percent at the end of the day that is really what matters.