Patrick Collins readily admits he lacks experience coaching at the high school level. That isn’t diminishing his excitement as he begins his high school coaching career as the varsity girls’ basketball coach at Little Wolf High School.
“This is my first year teaching so it’s my first coaching job fulltime in a season so I’m really excited to be a part of basketball here at Manawa,” Collins said.
Collins has some coaching experience as he coached summer league boys while he was in college. But this will be Collins’ first coaching job coaching girls. He doesn’t see that as a problem, as he said there are a lot of similarities coaching boys and girls basketball. He said boys and girls are both competitive, and they both want to do well.
Enthusiasm and being energetic are two qualities Collins sees from the girls on the team.
“They are very positive, which is a good thing I see in practice,” Collins said.
He didn’t come to Little Wolf High School initially to coach basketball, but he felt coaching would be in his future.
“I saw coaching as part of my future, especially basketball,” he said. “I knew basketball coaching was one of the things I wanted to do. I’m a teacher first, but coaching is something I’ve always loved.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity. I feel like this is a great opportunity for me and I’m thankful that they’re putting their trust into me.”
Watching his players become better over the course of a season is one of the things Collins said he enjoys about coaching basketball.
“I told the girls the first day, the basketball court is an extension of the classroom, so we are going to learn a lot,” Collins said.
He said he told his team the number one goal is to have fun.
“I think we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” Collins said. “We want to be competitive and I know we’re going to win some games. Improvement is how we are going to measure our season. Wins will bring us joy, but I think we’re going to have a lot of fun and it’s going to be a good year.”