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New Seton Keough coach Jody Powell recently met with 695Hoops to talk about her plans for the program. Coach Powell was a successful player at American University and brings a wealth of experience to her new position.
695: Tell me about your coaching career...
Coach: I have coached on the collegiate and high school levels. My college coaching positions were with the and Manhattan College. At both schools I was the first assistant and the recruiting coordinator. My high school coaching began as an assistant at National Cathedral in DC. I spent 4 years as the assistant varsity coach at High in and most recently, 4 years as the Head Coach at Daniel High School in Central (Clemson), South Carolina. I have roughly 20 years of coaching experience.
695: Did you play?
Coach: Yes I played in college. I was a 4 year starter at in DC. I played point guard, was a two year captain and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. While at American we were part of the CAA conference which, at the time, was quite competitive. My last two years were 20 win seasons boasting wins over all the other area schools including a win over my senior year. I held the steals record for 18 years before it was broken and if I am not mistaken I still hold the assist record...somewhere around 700.
695: What do you do besides coach?
Coach: We have just relocated to the area from where my husband was coaching football. He is a member of Randy Edsell's staff at Maryland now. I left a very strong program at Daniel High School. I inherited an average program and in 3 years we played for the state championship. We lost in OT to a program that is riddled with D1 prospects. I had a wealth of young talent rising into my program at Daniel and it was hard to leave them. College football is a hard business. Because we have only been here since June I am not currently working full time but I do have 3 children that require a great deal of attention.
695: What interested you about the Seton Keough job?
Coach: The thing that interested me the most about the position at Seton was the challenge of continuing their success.
695: How do you plan to build on the success that the program has had?
Coach: I plan to learn the players strengths and weaknesses and adapt my system to best fit their style. I plan to teach them what they don't already know so that they can think their way through situations and have success. I plan to motivate them to play hard every night and have fun while they are doing it. I plan to challenge them to set the highest goals for themselves and then work hard to reach them.
695: What challenges do you think you'll face with the program this season?
Coach: The biggest challenge will be getting to know the players and what they are capable of and implementing a new system in a short period of time. Three and a half weeks of practice before the first scrimmage is not a lot of time. We will have to move.
695: Who has had the biggest influence on your coaching style and philosophy?
Coach: My college coach has had a big influence on me. She was the type of coach that put emphasis on attention to detail and consistency. I feel like my practices and how I teach reflect that. On the other hand, my delivery is nothing like hers. I owe much of my style and philosophy to my husband. He is a master motivator. I have watched him for the last 17 years and he always demands the most from his players but yet they all respect him a great deal. He has so many players that have kept in touch with him over the years because of the relationships they forged. I have been able to do that with my players as well. It is important that players know that you are demanding because you care and want the best for them.
695: What do you to stay sharp and improve as a coach?
Coach: I attend clinics when possible but mostly I spend time talking with my friends that know basketball. I have friends that are coaching on all levels from high school, NAIA, D3, D2 and D1. I also have come to know people that have brilliant basketball minds and I tap into those resources whenever I can. I watch a lot of film.
695: Do you have any pet peeves?
Coach: Yes. I don't like it when players pout. I can't stand to see it on the court or on the bench. I want every player involved in every play. That is hard to do when you are only thinking of yourself. I also don't like when players won't take responsibility and own their mistakes. Everyone makes them. It is much more respectable to admit them than to blame someone else.
695: What do you think of the overall direction of girls basketball?
Coach: I think the women's game is in a very good direction. When I think of the endless opportunities to girls and young women to be involved in this sport as a career it is unbelievable. 30 years ago there was only college and scholarships were hard to come by. Now the possibilities are endless. My 12 year old daughter talks of playing in the WNBA. That's a beautiful thing.
695: Thanks and good luck.
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