By Alexis Tellez ’18
Students that are in a sport at Pritzker know how difficult it is to handle both the sport and being able to keep up with their education. Some students have a difficult time managing both, but eventually figure it out, as stated by Guadalupe Ramos, senior. The struggles of student athletes is known among students. What about the struggles the coaches go through? How do they figure out how to manage being a teacher, a coach, and still be able to manage their own personal life?
Being a teacher at PCP is already a lot of work with teaching multiple classes in one day, coming up with a lesson to teach, grading papers, and assigning work. Coaching is time consuming and requires a lot from the coach, as Alison Pallardy, freshman literature teacher, states, “Especially during the season a lot of times I dont get home until 8 or 9[..] if we are at games or practice.” That is just about the sport, but they also have to manage their time to figure out what to teach. Pallardy stated, “I have to be really productive over the weekends when it comes to getting stuff done for class because I don’t have as much time during the weekdays.”
Students also manage to notice how coaching is a hard thing to do, as Justin Rodriguez, senior, stated, “I see how Ms. Pallardy sometimes comes in into practice being tired[..] but she always manages to bring a very positive and active mood that is absorbed by the other students.” When she brings in a positive attitude to practice and matches, then that is reflected on how the cheerleading team performs and ends up winning, as stated by Paola Diaz, junior.
Coaches at Pritzker have different reasons on why they decided to manage the sport they have. Mark Rychlik, P.E teacher, stated, “Football has been a sport in which I personally have been good at since I was a kid[..] I like to see players grow as an individuals, as some start being timid and end up being more active in the field and doing good plays.”
Football players also share the similar ideas as Rodriguez stated, “There are students from lower grade levels that have made it into the team and seem to be scared to even do a simple tackle[..] over time they gain confidence as they become used to practice and how it feels to actually be in the field and play actual games and not being just a practice anymore.”
Other students share similar points as Diaz stated, “When I started doing cheerleading I was very nervous because I wanted to not embarrass myself. I knew that with the support of Ms. Pallardy I would be able to learn more and become a better cheerleader.” The cheerleading coach, Pallardy, joined because there was help being needed and that opportunity came her way and she accepted as Pallardy stated.
Other coaches effort is not left behind, as Jennifer Barajas stated, “I have attended various games from different sports and I can see how much effort each team puts into winning and that is reflected on the coaches. If the coaches do a good job then the team as a whole will do good in the games.”