One of the biggest things I've learned is not to get overwhelmed with winning and losing. You get consumed with it, especially when you're young. You worry about what your record is or how you did that season. If you work hard, good things will happen. You look at each team, how they developed and take pride in that regardless of what the record is. Each team is capable of achieving so much.
My first coaching job was at Dover. I had looked around but I liked that area and liked that the county was so tough in basketball. Kingfisher, Lomega, Okarche — they've always had good teams. That was my home and I didn't want to go anywhere else.
I always wanted to coach my daughters and thoroughly enjoyed having that chance. My oldest daughter played for me at Kingfisher. She was more of a defensive specialist and a hard worker. My other daughter, Haley, played for me at Okarche and played on two state tournament teams. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Coaching with Haley, that's been a joy right there, first of all that she'd even want to. I tried to talk her out of it, but my husband said she was going to love it too. We're just enjoying every minute of it. It's been a blessing to be able to share this with her.
I've stayed in Okarche because there are good people here — good kids, hardworking kids and I ask a lot of them. I'm pretty hard to live with. I'm pretty strict. I have no reason to look anywhere else. As for how long I'll do this, I'm going to make it through today. When I retired and Haley decided to come coach at Okarche, I decided to look at it every year and evaluate things that way. I still love and care about basketball. That could change next year or tomorrow.