Revelstoke Secondary teacher named BC School Sports female coach of the year

Coaching is “a really nice way to connect with kids on a different level,” says Kathy Hoshizaki

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Revelstoke Secondary School coaches Kathy Hoshizaki (far right) and Jodi Wallach (far left) with the junior boys volleyball team after winning the North Zones this past season. Photo: Kathy Hoshizaki

Revelstoke Secondary School teacher Kathy Hoshizaki has been named BC School Sports Female Coach of the Year. A statement on the BC School Sports website notes the award is given to a female coach who has “made an outstanding contribution over an extended period of time to coaching athletic programs in secondary schools in British Columbia.

 The Revelstoke Mountaineer spoke with Hoshizaki about her thoughts on winning the award, how she got into coaching and what advice she has for others thinking about coaching school sports.

Revelstoke Mountaineer: What are your thoughts on being awarded Female Coach of the Year?

 Kathy Hoshizaki: I was very surprised/shocked to receive this award. There are lots of other community and teacher coaches around our province who have put in tons of hours and many years coaching youth. I certainly do not feel any more deserving than any of them.

 RM: What is your own background in sports?

KH: I played several different sports throughout my high school years. My favourites were volleyball and softball. I never reached a high level at either of them however, they certainly had a large impact on my life.

RM: How long have you been coaching at the school level?

KH: I started coaching in 1991. I had decided to take a year off between my fourth and fifth years of university to go travelling. I didn’t leave for my trip until the end of November so I volunteered to coach volleyball at the high school I had graduated from in Campbell River. The following year (during my fifth year of university), I coached volleyball again, but in Victoria. After graduating from university in May 1993, I got my first (and only) teaching position here at RSS in September 1993 and have coached ever since. The only year I’ve taken off from coaching was the year my twins were born — at that point I had three under 3 and it just wasn’t going to be possible .

RM:What got you interested in coaching students?

KH: I think what got me interested in coaching was that I had played on sports teams and I loved playing. My coaches had provided me with the opportunity to play and I wanted others to have that same opportunity.  Also, it was a way for me to stay involved in that “team” environment. I might not be able to be a player any longer but I could be a coach. And as a teacher, it is a really nice way to connect with kids on a different level.

 

RM: What sports are you coaching now, and what other sports have you coached in the past?

KH: Volleyball is my focus and my passion.  But, I have coached/assisted other school/community sports throughout my time here…. track and field, soccer and badminton. Our athletics season was cut short this year, so not presently coaching anything. But, Jodi Wallach and I coached the Jr. Boys Volleyball team in the fall.

RM: What has been the most rewarding thing for you as a school sports coach? 

KH: Two things: 1) Relationships. I am still close to some of the players that I coached 15-20 years ago. I feel privileged to still be included in their lives …  invited to weddings, notified when they are having a baby, contacted when they come back home for a visit, play with them on a slow-pitch team ….

2) When students that have been involved in our athletics program at RSS come back to coach (or go on to coach). Every year we have people from our community (previous RSS student-athletes) offer to coach. For example: During the volleyball season this past fall we had Sheena Bell, Estee Sylvester, and Aleks Klassen.  I could give you so many more names of those who have contributed to our RSS program or other communities over the years. Even one, Kerry MacDonald, who went on to coach (and win a championship) at the university level. I am so proud of all of them for taking the time to share their knowledge, skill and passion of sport with others.

RM: What advice would you give to others who are thinking about, or just starting, to coach sports at the school level?

KH: Jump in! It can be intimidating at first but you will learn so much along the way. It’s rewarding and SO MUCH FUN!