Aug. 28, 2006
In athletics obviously the most convenient way to measure yourself is by wins and losses however as a coach and more importantly a teacher I am more interested in the growth and maturization of both the team and the individuals on that team.
By the first measure our team went 21 and 5, won a dual meet at UCLA and ASU, won our 4th Pac 10 team championship in school history, had 3 Pac 10 Champions, 5 All American Honors, 3 Gymnasts named to All Pac 10 Team and 6 All Academic.
Perhaps more memorable and more lasting however, is how this team came together, worked hard, built trust, and laid the foundation for great things in years to come. I speak on behalf of the staff when I say there is no greater feeling than coming into the gym everyday with a group of kids that want to be there, love the sport and care about each other.
The struggle we experienced at the Regional hurt both athletes and coaches alike. I am certain the sting of that day was so tough because of the joy that we experienced in what was a wonderful journey this year. I am also certain that the disappointment we all felt will stoke a fire and ensure that the 2007 edition of SWG will be the hungriest and toughest Stanford team of all time. With that... the joy that we experienced this year will be joined with the success we all dream of.
I would like to thank Natalie, Jessica and Glyn--my first recruiting class at Stanford, for their efforts and the sacrifices they have made over the last four years! You will be missed.
SWG friends, family and fans, thanks for all of your support! I hope you had a wonderful summer and I look forward to hearing from you soon!