Sept 2015 - Mick O'Halloran
Mick O'Halloran - August Coach of the Month
St. Louis, MO
Oakville Tigers High School
Chosen Attribute (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity):
Teamwork and Integrity
Why is this attribute important to you?
Teamwork: In this chapter of our history where self-serving, and a “Me Attitude” is celebrated, it is even more important for coaches and teachers to exemplify this trait and to encourage our student athletes in doing the same. Integrity: I believe that integrity and personal honor are those key ingredients found in true leaders throughout history. Moral courage to stand up for what is right, even when no one is watching or when it could result in significant persecution.
What is your dream coaching job (if different than your current position)?
I do not have a dream coaching job, for I serve in this role, as an avocation. I am well-placed in working with the young student athletes entering our program. I am grateful to have the opportunity to interact with them on a level deeper than just our wonderful game.
Share a recent coaching highlight that you have had.
As Coach John Wooden was quoted as saying, it may take 20 years before you realize the impact you have made in the life of a student athlete. I have been blessed repeatedly by being involved in HS and college graduations as well as weddings of my former players. It is a joy to see a number of them earn their higher education, serve in our country's armed forces or to seek a specialized technical trade. Witnessing their growth as strong husbands and fathers, is beautiful to witness as well.
Tell us a little bit about your coaching philosophy. Why do you coach? How does your faith play into your coaching? Which coach has had the greatest impact on you and the way you coach? What ways are you able to make an impact for Jesus at the ice rink?
I seek to create a “family environment”, within our organization. A community that is safe, comfortable and free from destructive or harmful conduct. Building trust between a coaching staff and players and amongst the team members as well.
Posted on Tue, September 29, 2015
by Rick Randazzo