But in general terms, “we’re looking for somebody who can inspire drive high performance,” he said. “[The role] requires many moving parts.”.Libby to coach John Bapst outdoor trackA pair of familiar coaching faces will be guiding John Bapst’s outdoor track and field team this spring.Joe Capehart, who coaches the Bangor school’s cross country and indoor track squads, and Jeff Libby, who skippers the Nordic ski team, will collaborate to coach the Crusaders on the track this spring, according to athletic administrator Rick Sinclair.They replace Bruce Pratt, who retired after a successful 10 year coaching tenure in which the John Bapst girls won eight Class C state championships. The Crusaders have also won the last nine Penobscot Valley Conference small school championships.Both coaches were assistants under Pratt last season.
Li Na win puts coach Carlos Rodriguez through tortureNo matter how much work is done on the practice court, how much tactical input is given, how many motivational words are said, a tennis coach is simply powerless if their player self destructs in front of their eyes.That was the case at Wimbledon on Thursday as Carlos Rodriguez watched Chinese Li Na go walkabout in the second set before pulling herself together to beat Romanian Simona Halep 6 2 1 6 6 0 on a sun bathed Court Two.The sixth seed, China first grand slam champion when she triumphed at the French Open in 2011, eased through the opening set but after sitting idle in her seat while Halep received treatment to her back, she fell apart.
As each error flew off the strings of 31 year old Li racket, Argentine Rodriguez, the man responsible for steering Belgian Justin Henin to number one in the world, sank a little deeper into his seat, a look of resignation on his face.”She didn manage that time in the right way,” Rodriguez told reporters, when asked by reporters at courtside if the stoppage had caused the meltdown that threatened to see another high profile seed tumble out of the championships.”She lost her adrenaline. Li helped her opponent a lot to come back into the match. We have to continue to work on it. She has to be able to manage that.”She went out of the match a little bit but I happy that she recovered to produce some good tennis.” He said being a coach was as much about psychology as the mechanics of the strokes.
It all depends on her really. I happy but there a lot of work to be done. There were two different players there today in the first and the third sets compared to the second, added Rodriguez who scribbled notes during the match. “I let her talk to me about the second set.She had the problem, I don know. For me it unacceptable. “It about her personality. She couldn accept that she wasn ready to play (after the break). She put the head down and then took half an hour to get going again.
She was fighting with herself, instead of her opponent. “She an unbelievably nice human being and that what upset me a lot, that what upsets me,” he shrugged. “When I see that animal in there on a daily basis I say to her, “How can you do that to yourself”. “I say to her I just want to help you.”Li began working with Rodriguez last year after being coached by her husband Jiang Shan, who now performs the role of hitting partner.The post match conversation between Li and Rodriguez would have been an interesting one. “I still didn talk to Carlos because I think he went to see the next opponent,” Li, who will have to be on her mettle against 32nd seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova in round three, said in a news conference.”When I see him I will say, “Please kill me right now!”. “I don know what happened in the second set.” The match was a curious, topsy turvy affair, with Li finishing how she started. “Welcome to the crazy women tennis tour,” she said.”I lose my concentration and she kicked my arse in the second set, but I woke up. “This has been the worst Wimbledon, for so many big stars going out. I was sad, but at the same time I really didn want to be the next one.”Li Na’s coach helps tennis game
Subscribe to USA TODAYAlready a print edition subscriber, but don’t have a login?Activate your digital access.Manage your account settings. EST January 22, 2013Li Na of China lines up a forehand during her 7 5, 6 3 victory against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.(Photo: Greg Wood, AFP/Getty Images)Story HighlightsLi Na is winning again and credits coach Carlos Rodriguez with helping turn it aroundHe also has helped her marriage . Li former coach was her husband”It just being coach and husband is %u2014 how you say %u2014 tough to find a balance!”MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) French Open champion Li Na credits new coach Carlos Rodriguez with turning her tennis career around and saving her marriage.Last August, the 30 year old Chinese star hired Rodriguez, who coached Justine Henin to seven Grand Slam titles, after the conflicts with her previous coach her husband Jiang Shan became too much to bear.”The funny thing is, I think two years ago in China, someone said I was divorced,” Li said Tuesday after beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 7 5, 6 3 to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open. “Because they were thinking, we’re always shouting, maybe we’re divorced.
CARLOS AND LI: Duo hooked up last AugustIt’s just being coach and husband is how you say tough to find a balance!” she added.DAY 9 ROUNDUP: Sharapova dominates, Ferrer ralliesNow Li and Jiang have found marital peace again decreased disagreements on or off the court and she is winning again.CLASH OF AGES: Serena vs. SlooaneLi hired Rodriguez after disappointing, early round losses at Wimbledon and the London Olympics. He joined her midweek at a tournament in Cincinnati they had never even met before and she captured the title, her first since her breakthrough Grand Slam win at Roland Garros in 2011.PHOTOS: Australian Open Week 1She then won a second title at the inaugural Shenzhen Open earlier this month and is now in the semifinals of the Australian Open for the third time in four years.Rodriguez has had a steadying influence on Li, who had previously struggled to control her emotions on court and has appeared more composed since starting to work with him.At one point during the second set against Radwanska, Li lost her service toss in the sun and batted the ball five rows deep into the crowd. Rather than let the miss hit unnerve her, however, she calmly made her second serve and put away a deft backhand volley to win the point.”I was working a lot on this (aspect) in winter training,” Li said. “Carlos always say, ‘Calm down, calm down.'”Liam Middleton out as Rugby Canada men’s sevens coach
Vancouver, BC: MARCH 08, 2016 Team Canada practices at BC Place stadium in Vancouver, BC Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in anticipation of the Canada Sevens rugby tournament being held this coming weekend.The decision comes on the heels of last month’s failure to qualify for the Olympics, as well as two difficult seasons on the Sevens World Series.”There’s no doubt we’re very disappointed we’re not there,” Dixon said on aconference call. “It was very attainable.””It’s about performing under pressure and performing on demand. And unfortunately we weren’t able to do that at critical moments in the season,” he said.”We hope and feel confident that with achange, we can improve those factors and get results at the times that are critical to the program,” he said.It was a tough go for Middleton, a Zimbabwe native. He was hired to replace a very popular predecessor, Geraint John, and because of his visa status, missed all of the team’s 2014 pre season, only joining the squad in the week before the 2014 Dubai Sevens. In his second season, injuries didn’t help, as many veteran players struggled with their fitness.