Coach’s Showcase: Dowagiac’s Tony Hooley
Tony Hooley is the first-year Dowagiac varsity volleyball coach.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as a coach?
TH: Turning programs around or taking them to higher levels.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as a coach?
TH: When I feel like we haven’t met expectations. When we are not as successful as I think we should be. I wonder what I could do, or have done, better.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
TH: From a coaching perspective, I hold Jean LaClair (Bronson), Kathy Trenary (Mendon) and Vince Strefling (Krush/Glen Oaks CC), among others, in high esteem for what they have accomplished over the years.
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
TH: I don’t get too nervous anymore when my team competes, but I definitely feel a little stressed late in tight sets.
Describe an embarrassing coaching moment.
TH: Many years ago, I created the most epic warm-up music CD. The team hated it, and we never used it again.
What other sport would you like to coach if you were not coaching yours?
Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?
TH: It teaches responsibility, time management, selflessness, and perseverance.
How would you give away $50,000?
TH: I would like to use it to provide better temporary shelter and meals for the homeless and, most importantly, a means to get them back on their feet with dignity and to feel valued again.
If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?
TH: The mighty Chieftains of course.
If I did not coach sports, I would…?
TH: Have to look for another hobby to stay busy.
What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?
TH: Try to keep everyone happy, valued, or to understanding their roles and expectations.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
TH: Allow everyone on the bench to stand if they wanted to like in college.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
TH: In the form of being voted Region Coach of the Year.
What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
TH: Public speaking, especially when I was a younger coach.
What is your favorite hobby? Why?
TH: Coaching, it allows me to continue to experience the highs of athletic competition and achievement.
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