695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
695 Hoops caught up with Woodlawn high coach Vanessa Locke after a big win over Oakland Mills. We talked about her coaching background, the state of the game and this year's Woodlawn squad.
695: Where did you grow up?
Coach: I grew up in Baltimore. I am a graduate of Woodlawn High, received a dual scholarship to attend Coppin State, academic & basketbal.
695: Did you play? How did you get into coaching and where have you coached?
Coach: I played basketball from the age of 8 with Campfield rec. I began coaching in 1993-95 at Milford Mill as Pam Wright's assistant. Pam was also my coach when I played at Woodlawn. From there, I was the head coach at Walbrook 1995-2000, Baltimore City Community College 2000-2006, CCBC-Dundalk 2006-2008, Woodlawn 2008-present.
695: Who is the biggest influence on your coaching style and philosophy?
Coach: The biggest influence on my coaching style actually comes from my father's parenting. Although I have learned a lot from my coaches & colleagues in the past, I know that my philosophy is very different than either of them. I believe if you don't genuinely care about what you do, you will ultimately not do a good job. For me it has never really been about winning a championship on the court, I get excited when I see my past players successful off the court.
695: What do you do to stay sharp and improve as a coach?
Coach: To stay sharp and improve, I attend coaching clinics and I also network with other coaches that I meet or have met throughout the years
695: What do you think about the overall direction of girls basketball in the area?
Coach: Overall, girl's basketball in this area is growing but it's not where it should be in my specific area. The interest level is low.
695: Have you ever been involved in coaching AAU?
Coach: I have never coached AAU but I am definitely involved with AAU just not on the girl's side. I have two sons that play AAU basketball and are heavily involved in the AAU circuit.
695: Talk about this year's team....
Coach: This year's team at Woodlawn is small in numbers but very large in heart! The girl's that have stuck with me since the first day of tryouts are here working hard everyday. Two of my 3 seniors have known me for 7 years as I was at their middle school prior to coming here. The two of them are so ready to go to UMBC that their determination and dedication is contagious.
695: Who is on your staff this year?
Coach: Kim Carr, a Woodlawn graduate of 2006 and Regina Nolan is my JV coach.
695: What are your goals for the season?
Coach: My goal for the season is to play at UMBC in the State playoffs.
695: What do you do besides coach for fun?
Coach: What I do besides coaching for fun is watch my kids play basketball and any other extracurricular activity they may do. My oldest son is a Junior at Mcdonogh School and has been the leading scorer on the Varsity Basketball team for 3 years now. He also plays AAU for Baltimore Nike Elite. My middle son is in the 6th grade at Deer Park and he also plays AAU for Banneker/Baltimore Nike Elite. My daughter is in the first grade and has not yet played on a basketball team but will be soon!
695: What type of music have you added to your Ipod lately?
Coach: The last song I added to my Ipad is Trey Song's album.
695: What's your all time favorite movie?
Coach: My all-time favorite movie is a toss-up between "Pretty Woman" & "Green Mile".
695: What's your biggest pet peeve as a coach?
Coach: My biggest pet peeve as a coach is if a player talks back to a coach. Basically disrespecting their coach. It hurts me to see athletes that are not coachable.
695: Thanks for your time and good luck this season.
Coach: Thank you.
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