Updated on Wednesday:
by Lisa M. Sheldon, Guest Writer
Calhoun Middle School All Sports Banquet was held last
Saturday. It was, for the most part, your usual sports banquet: good
food, friendly visits, and recognition of seasons well-played throughout
the school year.
After the meal, athletes, parents, coaches and boosters
filed into the auditorium for the awards segment. Varsity football coach
Doyle Hupp, Jr., gave an inspiring talk to the young athletes about
priorities and what it takes to achieve their goals, both on and off the
Then the awards began. The audience clapped as each
player was recognized, but only twice during the entire event did the
crowd get loud and rowdy. Those were the two times that coach Angie
Hersman’s name was called to come up on stage.
Hersman returned to coaching for Calhoun this year as
the assistant coach for middle school volleyball and the head coach for
girls basketball. When she was called to the stage to be recognized as
one of the outstanding members of the coaching staff, and then again to
give the awards to her athletes, her girls clapped, cheered, yelled, and
let everyone know just how they felt about their coach.
I have no girls, but due to my involvement at the school
and in many areas of sports because of my own two athletes, and my
association with the athletic boosters, I have had the opportunity to
witness the impact coach Hersman has had on these young women.
She is both fair and firm, and that has bred respect
from each team member she has coached--respect for her and themselves.
She is fun and focused, which has helped the athletes enjoy their sports
and excel at them. She is kind and generous, and so are her Lady Red
Devils. All of these traits are ones that these young ladies will need
and, hopefully, continue to cultivate as they grow.
In the scope of life, middle school coaching is not
about one season or wins or loses or trophies or championships, it is
about what the athletes take away when that coach watches them move on.
These young women know that they love coach Hersman for the two sports
seasons they shared. She has touched their lives forever.
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