The last month has been an exceptionally amazing one at FAST. Our top girls team, FAST Elite Red spent the final 10 days of the July college viewing period together battling teams in New Orleans and Atlanta. This team consisted of girls from the Eugene area, Salem, Portland, West Linn, Vancouver, and Central Washington. Our final tournament in Atlanta, our team won the 17U division of Adidas Nationals! This was an extremely proud and awesome moment for the girls and for the FAST program. As the FAST girls program has grown, I have been extremely encouraged by the positive impact that our program can make on girls from the Pacific Northwest.
My mission and passion with FAST has always been to provide comprehensive skills training, performance training, and competitive teams to gain exposure to top colleges in high level tournaments. There is no hidden agenda, the only agenda is to provide a kick ass environment where girls can come together to compete and in the process become better young women. My goal is to help and reach as many girls as I can and this requires a great deal of time and energy. Running a successful 6A program at West Linn and running our FAST girls skills academy, performance training, and club teams has become an impossible task to do concurrently. As a result, I made the decision to step down at West Linn so I could focus my time and energy into growing the FAST girls program. This decision is bittersweet because there is a tremendous amount of talent coming up the junior high ranks that I have had the opportunity to work with, along with a very strong core of girls at the high school right now. I never like to step away from a goal before I have had a chance to see it all the way through but resigning my head coaching position will allow me to reach and impact girls from all over the State of Oregon, not just West Linn. That said, I want it to be clear, there are great things in store for West Linn High School and I will be in the stands to cheer the girls on.
The purpose of this post is to clear up any rumors or misconceptions as to why I stepped away from my head coaching position at West Linn High School. I have been faced with many hard decisions in my life, and I have learned to relish being uncomfortable... it always means that I am growing in some way. I teach this lesson to my players consistently, and I live and breathe it in my own life. This was a hard decision and an uncomfortable one. But it also means that there is opportunity for another coach to take over a solid West Linn program and I can focus my time and energy into my FAST girls program. The future is bright and I am excited and encouraged about what lies ahead!