At Troop Support we are getting pretty pumped for the Leadership and Lay Ups event coming up in March. It’s going to be an amazing opportunity for girls to develop their leadership skills and improve their basketball skills (plus catch a Timberwolves game!). One of the coolest parts about this event will be the Women’s Executive Panel, where women in leadership positions will be sharing their experiences with Girl Scouts. To get these conversations started, we chatted with Coach Cheryl Reeve, the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, to learn more about how she demonstrates leadership, on and off the court:
How did you get your start in basketball?
I started playing basketball when a kid; I earned a Division I scholarship to LaSalle University where I was a four-year starter and a captain. From my playing days, I moved directly into coaching at my alma mater as a Graduate Assistant Coach. I coached college basketball for 10 years before I made a career move to the WNBA in 2001.
Since the Lynx have had a lot of success these last few years, how do you keep your team motivated?
We make sure that we have competitive people on the team who stay hungry for success.
What is your secret to creating a strong team?
At the core of our team is a group of talented women who are even better people. Our philosophy is you win with good people who possess a team first mentality.
How has coaching affected your life?
Coaching and being involved in sports has been incredibly rewarding and has taught me many lessons that can be universally applied. I simply cannot imagine a life without it.
What is an experience you’ve had that impacts how you lead your team now?
There are many, however, they all revolve around resiliency. There are many ups and downs in coaching and I enjoy the challenge of navigating stormy waters in a game and in a season.
How do you overcome challenges?
I like to identify the problem and take action steps toward progress. Almost always it involves communication and focus.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Winning a third WNBA championship in a five year span.
If you could give advice to 12-year-old you, what would it be?
Being mediocre is easy. Simply work hard and have a thirst for attention to detail and you can be GREAT.
Leadership and Lay Ups Event
We’re excited to offer an opportunity for girls to develop their leadership skills and basketball fundamentals at the Leadership and Lay Ups event on March 26. In addition to the Basketball Clinic, girls will get to listen and learn from a Women’s Executive Panel, play where the pros play, and then stay and watch the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Utah Jazz. Learn more about this event and sign your troop up today!