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For Philip Rivers, coaching will have to wait; I still love to play – Fox 59

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KANSAS CITY, MO DECEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers ran off the field following the 31-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. For the first time in his long, decorated career, Philip Rivers considered life after the NFL.

In February, he and the Los Angeles Chargers agreed to mutually part ways after 16 seasons that featured so many highlights: 128 victories, including six trips to the postseason; 59,271 yards and 397 TD passes, each 6th-most in league history; eight Pro Bowl selections.

Seek out another QB-needy team? Or kick back and settle into life after football?

Rivers huddled with wife Tiffany, along with older daughters Halle and Caroline, and Gunner, his 12-year old son. Soon, he plans on coaching Gunner and 8-year old Peter in high school, following his own football-career arc. At Athens (Ga.) H.S., he played for his father, Steve.

I want to coach my boys and coach young boys down the road, Rivers said Saturday during a conference call. I know whats next when my playing times over.

Back and forth the discussion went.

Then the Indianapolis Colts dialed up his agent, Jimmy Sexton.

Then it hit Rivers, who would sign a one-year, $25 million contract.

I can still do this. I still want to do this.

Really where we settled in was I still love to play, Rivers said. Certainly not coming off my best year, but a year where I still know I can play at a high level. I did it in spurts, just didnt do it consistent enough.

I loved it.

Lets not misconstrue whats going on here. Rivers and the Colts arent embarking on a long-term relationship. He should be viewed as a 38-year, short-term bridge to the franchises QB of the future.

The length of that relationship is to be determined. Again, its a one-year deal, but Rivers anticipates something longer.

I take it one year at a time, he said. Thats the best way to do it at 38. I do feel good. I feel great. If I feel like I feel right now next year, then Ill be excited to keep playing.

He reiterated his intention to coach his sons in high school.

That gives you a little idea, he said. Im not going to get carried away.

I dont think youll see me in the Tom Brady range.

The Colts were a logical destination considering his history in San Diego with coach Frank Reich (2013-15), offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni (2013-17) and tight ends coach Jason Michael (2011-13).

Throughout the process of determining what was next, Rivers always had one team in mind.

Truthfully was hoping it was going to be the Indianapolis Colts, he said, from the standpoint of the locker room, the team and shoot, I failed to mention that offensive line. Thats a heckuva group.

It just all worked out. To be a part of this group and try to help get to the top of the mountain is an exciting new challenge for me.

No one should underestimate the importance of familiarity when it comes to relocating in the NFL. Rivers understands Reich and Sirianni have tweaked and changed some terminology in the offensive system they shared with the Chargers, but the transition should be seamless nonetheless.

I have been in meeting rooms with Frank, Nick and Jason Michael, Rivers said. We communicate the same way. I know what those guys are trying to get out of a play and why they are calling this. They understand what I think and how I look for things.

There is a good dynamic there from the way we communicate. I think there was a trust factor that was built in our team here in San Diego.

Familiarity aside, the Colts did their due diligence before investing their immediate future and $25 million in a 38-year old QB whos coming off one of his more careless seasons. Rivers passed for 4,615 yards and 23 TDs, but also suffered 20 interceptions, 3rd-most in the league.

According to a source with knowledge of the teams evaluation of Rivers, the coaching staff analyzed each of Rivers games and throws. They determined he hadnt lost any of his arm strength.

Theres no question among the Colts Rivers still has the physical tools to play at a high level. Before struggling last season the Chargers followed his lead, finishing 5-11 he passed for 4,308 yards with 32 TDs and just 12 interceptions in 2018.

Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization, Chris Ballard said in a team release. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.

The national and global uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic will delay Rivers arrival in Indy. He and his family are at their offseason home in Florida. When allowed by the NFL, look for the Colts to disseminate foundational and schematic information to the players.

Under normal circumstances, players would have reported to the Farm Bureau Football Center in mid-April. That reporting date has been pushed back indefinitely.

Initially, Rivers addressed the trying time for the country and world. Its a time, he insisted, for family and for praying for nurses, doctors, first responders and those infected and impacted by COVID-19.

Rivers said he and his wife have been brainstorming of the best way to support the area we are in right now. We are looking for opportunities in Indianapolis, even back in San Diego and places weve been to help in any way we can because so many people are affected.

In terms of gearing up for 2020, Rivers plans on doing whatever he can, whenever hes allowed. Hes already reached out to a few of his new teammates.

I want to step in there when I get in there day 1 and the guys in the huddle feel like I have been there more, Rivers said. I hope they dont feel like its my first day. I dont want to slow us down any and I will make sure that doesnt happen.

But communicate and just again, build a friendship, build a relationship. I think that camaraderie is huge. My favorite part of this game is being a teammate.. . . I love being a teammate. I want to be one of the guys.

As his first season with the Colts unfolds, Rivers realizes there will be skeptics. Theyll harp on those 20 interceptions last season and how they indicate his career arc is definitely headed in the wrong direction.

I have to be honest, I have never been driven by what everybody thinks on the outside, Rivers said. I always first want to be a great teammate. Ive never been driven by, Oh, what do people think I can do?

Im really not out to prove anything this season. I want to come in there, earn my teammates trust and respect. I do feel like over 16 seasons you earn some of that league-wide based on your play and your longevity.

But theres work to be done.

Shoot, youve got to start and build that with your new teammates, he said. So its not so much prove it (to outsiders) as it is I want to prove it to now our locker room, to be a guy that they believe in and just again, be a part of something special.

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Oakmonts Jody (Normandin) Lech became one of the schools best athletes of all time – The Gardner News

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OLD SAYBROOK, CT Growing up in the sticks of Westminster, as she called her childhood home, Jody (Normandin) Lech had about the most primitive front yard basketball court any future roundball star could imagine.

For my first hoop, my uncle Donald Leger cut a piece of really thick telephone cable and nailed it to a piece of plywood, she recalled with a laugh. That was my first basketball hoop and I would play amongst the pine trees and roots and rocks in my driveway.

Then he and I used to play the guys down at the Westminster outdoor courts, and hustle them so many years ago, she added.

Out of those very humble beginning grew the legend of one of the finest girls basketball players to ever grace the local hardwood.

The three-sport star and Oakmont Hall of Famer helped to lead Spartan teams of the mid-1980s to appearances in four district final games, winning three championships and appearing in two state title games.

Im so grateful. We had such an amazing education (at Oakmont), she said, noting that the success came from the instruction she received on the courts and fields. It was the fundamentals and the coaching. We had such great coaches.

In the fall, when she was a high-scoring forward on the field hockey team, it was under the direction of head coach Bob McGowan. During the winter, she was the sharp-shooting point guard on the basketball team led by coach Ron Therrien.

Our field hockey team had an awesome coach in Mr. McGowan, and then Id have to say that Ron Therrien was the best coach I had in my whole life, she continued. He taught me everything. Even today, when Im working with my son, I will teach him those same drills. He was such a stickler.

Great coaching and talented players equaled a tremendous run of success during her junior and senior seasons with the Spartans.

We had great camaraderie, she said, with such teammates as Robin Paris, Marnie MacLean, Tonya and Missy Urban, Karla Swedberg, Karen Bourgeois, Kim LeBlanc, Maureen Casey and her older sister Jill comprising many of the teams.

Those coaches taught us such life lessons and we were so successful because you respected them and they were also very positive, she continued. Their preparation was spot on so that they would have already scouted the teams, they had a plan to what we were doing. I think we all bought into that and it made it easier to play and be successful.

The run of success began during her junior field hockey season in the fall of 1984 when the Spartans captured their first-ever district championship with a 2-1 win over Southbridge. From there, they advanced to the state championship game, losing to Rockport, 2-0.

Four months later, she was on another team that vied for a state championship after the Spartans beat Southbridge for the district title, 47-42. Oakmont then went on to beat Athol 45-42 in state semis, with Normandin leading the way with a game-high 18 points.

Playing on the biggest Central Mass. stage the Worcester Centrum Oakmont met up with a Westwood team that had won twelve-straight Tri-Valley basketball championships. The Spartans fell in the state title game, 65-54.

It was such a great team and we just kinda clicked, said Lech, looking back. We made it to the state finals and we had most of our team coming back, so we were really looking ahead to the next season.

In the spring, she was a member of the 1985 Oakmont softball team that advanced to another district final losing in the title game to Wachusett League rival Quabbin, 6-5. That fall, the Spartan field hockey team suffered an early exit to Murdock in a game decided by strokes.

Murdock would go on to take part in the state field hockey finals.

The winter of 1985-86 brought the Spartans yet another district title as Normandin, with 18 points and six assists, led the team to a 74-46 championship win over Leicester. However, the Spartan express was derailed in the state semifinals to powerful Monument Mountain, 55-53.

While high school basketball drew to an end, there was much more basketball ahead in the career of Jody Normandin first at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and later with a semi-pro hoop team in Connecticut.

At WPI she became the all-time leading scorer in womens basketball history with 1,716 points, a mark that stands to date. She averaged an amazing 16.3 points per game and scored in double figures in 84 games. In addition, she was the career leader in field goal attempts (1,579), three-point field goals made (147) and attempted (349), free throws made (325) and free throw percentage (.765).

She also ranked in the top five all-time in steals, assists, free throws attempted, field goals made, scoring average and games played. Twice named to the New England All-Star Second Team by the Eastern College Athletic Conference, she was later inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

After graduating WPI with a B.S. in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, she spent ten years at General Electric working in project engineering, product management and sales engineering. Upon moving to Connecticut, she continued playing semi-pro basketball for the Noreastern Storm.

On that semipro team wed play something like 25 games in 30 days, she recalled. We were the warn-up game for womens college teams, so everyone was trying to get us in before November and it was really too much.

One of her teammates on the Storm was former Gardner High standout Dina Sawicki.

Lech suffered a partial tear of her patella tendon while still playing at the age of 36, and decided it was time to call it a career.

The timing was right as she and her husband. Mark Lech, learned they were expecting their son Josh. Today, Josh is a 15-year old freshman basketball player at the all-boys Catholic school Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut.

Hes not a bad player, said the proud mom. I guess its in the blood.

Currently, she, her husband and son live in Old Saybrook, Connecticut where she works for Boston Scientific Pelvic Health Division, as the Territory Manager for Connecticut.

I help to train physicians on our products and work with them in the operating room, observing them implanting our product, she said. Its a fun job, like getting on the court and preparing for a game.

She noted that through her work, she has developed a stronger bond with her Catholic faith, instructing Confirmation classes as well as being a CCD Teacher for more than 20 years.

Looking back on her playing days, she expressed her gratitude to her parents Pete and Sandy, for all the support over the years and attending an unending number of games.

Her older sister Jill was her Oakmont teammate for several seasons, while younger sister Hollybeth was a member of the 1990 Spartan basketball team that played in the state finals. In addition, she has two brothers, John and Peter the latter who was a 1,000-point scorer for the Oakmont boys team and later played college basketball at Clark University.

Sports continue to be a big part of her life.

I still play a little bit of basketball here and there, when the knees hold out, she said. I still work out a lot; do a lot of cycling, boating, lifting and play some tennis.

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Norm Held, who died Thursday, made his mark as coach of the Indians – The Herald Bulletin

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ANDERSON Longtime Anderson High School basketball coach Norm Held, who led the Indians to four state finals, has died at the age of 85.

Held passed away Thursday morning in Florida, officials at Loose Funeral Home in Anderson confirmed.

Held coached the Indians from 1975 to 1993, compiling a record of 343-114. His teams won five semistate championships, nine regional titles, 10 sectionals and five North Central Conference crowns.

He coached the 1984 Indiana All-Stars and two Mr. Basketballs at Anderson, Troy Lewis in 1984 and Maurice Kojak Fuller in 1993. Held won more than 500 games overall, just over 70% of the games his teams played, in his 31-year career.

Held also was a coach in the 1990 McDonalds All-American game, which featured players such as Rodney Rogers, Ed OBannon, Eric Montross, Grant Hill and Damon Bailey.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Beyond the the victories and championships on the court, Held was remembered Thursday as a man who made a difference in the lives of the people around him.

Former Anderson basketball assistant Terry Turner, now the Daleville baseball coach, recalled a time when Held discovered two players were living in the gym.

We had a couple kids who ... were always in the gym when I came in in the morning and turned the lights on, Turner said. I came to find out ... they were literally homeless and they were on the basketball team. Norm found them a place to live and people to take care of them.

Lewis, who went on to star at Purdue University and is now coaching in the Dayton, Ohio, area, says a boost of confidence from Held helped pave the way for his future success.

As a sophomore, Lewis was expecting to play in the junior varsity game at Fort Wayne Wayne. Despite playing sparingly on the varsity up to that point, Lewis was installed in the starting lineup just before game time.

We were in the locker room getting dressed, and he was giving his pregame speech, Lewis recounted. He said, Hey, were going to make a change to the starting lineup. Troy, youre going to start. It just blew me away.

But, in my mind, I knew I was ready. To this day, I dont know what he saw. That was the turning point in my life, because without that confidence he had in me at that moment, I dont know where my career would have been.

Lewis said he has borrowed many of Helds teachings for his own coaching career. Likewise, Turner said he learned much from his time at Anderson that translates onto the baseball diamond, where he has won a pair of state titles with the Broncos.

Its easy in your coaching career to pick out all the mistakes kids make because you want to correct those, he explained. But one of the things Norm taught me was that youve got to see the positives and build on those positive things that kids do. Thats one of things I took from him and just keeping an even keel when the chips are down.

Art Pepelea, a 1968 Anderson graduate and former city councilman, says Helds standing in the community grew from his love of the city.

He was incredible, he was always so active in everything, Pepelea said. Anytime he could help anybody, be it at functions for baseball, basketball, football or whatever, he was there. He loved Anderson, Indiana dearly, he really did.

While many basketball fans might remember Held for his flamboyant style on the sideline, Pepelea, Lewis and Turner knew a man who truly cared about his players.

He will always be that person in my life who I have to give credit for where I am today, Lewis said. Its a tremendous loss.

According to Pepelea, a public celebration of Helds life will be conducted in Edgewood in 30-60 days, after the coronavirus crisis has passed.

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Looking for a Final Four: Bruce Miller’s top 32 basketball films, just waiting to be ranked – Sioux City Journal

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Orpheum Vaudeville

The new Orpheum Theatre opened Dec. 19, 1927. The theatre included vaudeville acts, such as a comedy acrobatic act and singer Frank Richardson. Ticket prices in 1927 were 50 cents for adults in the main floor seating and 35 cents for balcony seats. Children were charged 15 cents.

The RKO New Orpheum Theater, as it was later known, was only four stories tall when it was originally erected in 1927. Four more floors were added in 1948. The theater closed in 1992.

Playbill from the Orpheum Theatre's production of "Life with Father," which graced the stage Feb. 23, 1942, starring Lillian Gish and Louis Clahern.

Dubinsky Bros. Theatres of Lincoln, Neb., remodeled and opened the Orpheum as a movie theater. A suspended ceiling was installed and concealed the chandeliers and dome of the auditorium.

The Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City is shown in April 1985. A local group was given grant money in 1988 to study whether the Orpheum should be renovated to its original glory.

The ceiling of the Orpheum was uncovered in April 1999, exposing several original crystal chandeliers.

The Sioux City Symphony performs along with the Siouxland Master Chorale, the Morningside College Chorale and the Briar Cliff University Singers during the grand opening of the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 15, 2001.

In this 2001 file photo, the new Orpheum Theatre sign awaits elevation above the marquee on the front of the building.

The Yanney family donated this chandelier for the Orpheum restoration in 2001.

People mingle in the lobby of the Orpheum Theatre at its grand opening in 2001.

The Orpheum Theatre fills with people during the grand opening ceremonies on Sept. 15, 2001.

Master of Ceremonies Jim Wharton welcomes people to the grand opening of the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 15, 2001.

Gene Hancer, Sioux City, wears period type attire while attending the grand opening of the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 15, 2001.

Bob Ralston plays the Wurlitzer organ at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City in November 2004.

Larry Wentz and Amanda Krenz introduce the speakers at the Iowa Governors Debate at the Orpheum Theatre in 2010.

The Orpheum Theatre is shown in January 2011.

People dine during the Mardi Gras Gala outside the Orpheum Theatre on June 30, 2011.

Guy Fieri warms up the crowd at the beginning of his cooking show at the Orpheum Theatre on May 27, 2011.

Workers prepare the stage at the Orpheum Theatre in September 2010 while setting up for the Iowa gubernatorial debate.

Usher Trudy Gordon grabs a pair of ear plugs while preparing for the Bret Michaels concert at the Orpheum Theatre Saturday, December 21, 2013. (Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal)

Irving Jensen, Jr., poses for a photo at Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City on Sept. 14, 2016.

A cartoon of Irving Jensen, Jr., drawn by famed Disney director Ron Clements is seen at the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 14, 2016.

The Orpheum Theatre is pictured in 2016, 15 years after its "rebirth."

A board outside the Orpheum Theatre displays coming attractions in fall 2016.

"Fluffy" (aka stand-up comic Gabriel Iglesias) actually was there. Theater technician Joe Mahaney II talks in 2016 about some of the celebrities who have signed the backstage wall at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City.

The 1-ton grand chandelier is a centerpiece of the Orphuem Theatre.

Willie Nelson's autograph is shown in 2016 on the backstage wall at the Orphuem Theatre.

The seven-story structure, at 528 Pierce St., was built for $1.27 million in 1927 as a vaudeville and movie palace. After years of neglect, this architectural treasure was brought back to life in 2001 and is now a performing arts center and home to the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Theater technician Joe Mahaney II stands on a catwalk surrounding the dome above the the ceiling in the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City.

Theater technician Joe Mahaney II stands on a catwalk surrounding the dome above the the ceiling in the Orphuem Theatre in Sioux City.

The Righteous Brothers' autographs are shown on the backstage wall at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City.

Theater technician Joe Mahaney II flies a movie screen down across the stage at the Orphuem Theatre in Sioux City.

Director John Luebke of the Sioux City Rockestra is pictured ahead of the group's final concert at the Orpheum Theatre.

An audience assembles for a panel discussion held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the United Airlines flight 232 crash in Sioux City, at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa on Friday, July 18, 2014. (Dawn J. Sagert, Sioux City Journal)

Iowa gubernatorial candidates Gov. Terry Branstad and Jack Hatch debate at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City on October 14, 2014

People watch on a monitor as Victor Cayres, from Brazil, competes during the solo recital round of the Iowa Piano Competition at theOrpheum Theatrein Sioux City on March 19, 2015.

Members of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra rehearse at the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 15, 2015.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday, Jan., 5, 2016.

Donald Trump speaks with Jerry Falwell, Jr., at the Orpheum Theatre on January 31, 2016.

Kansas performs at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City on October 7, 2017.

The Orpheum Theatre's seats are shown from the stage in 2017.

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Elemental Treatment Offers Teletherapy options – Nevada Business Magazine

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Help for mental health struggles and crisis issues available on devices.

(LAS VEGAS) Elemental Treatment has developed an app available on all devices to offer teletherapy. Programs include therapy for addiction, depression as well as life coaching and life skills.

During these difficult times, people should be able to access care wherever they are located, says Mendi Baron, founder and CEO of Elemental Treatment. This is so important for our vulnerable populations, including teens, the elderly in nursing homes, traveling professionals, vulnerable and stigmatized populations and people who cannot afford to take time off from work for treatment. There are also military personnel and college students to consider.

For many, a stigma remains for anyone who reaches out for help with mental health. Now with social distancing, additional concerns for everyones safety is at the forefront of health care providers and their patients. Elemental Treatment has extended hours so that treatment is accessible anytime using state-of-the-art technology. English- and Spanish-speaking programs and counselors are available.

After texting the therapist, a link is clicked, and there is a face-to-face engagement over the device. Help can be accessed from a phone, tablet, or computer via encrypted video, text, or call.

Developers for the Elemental Treatment app researched other platforms and discovered many were conduits for the therapists clients with no resource for new, potential clients to reach them. Other platforms operated as a broker connecting therapists with anyone who inquired about possible therapy sessions. What makes Elemental Treatment unique is that the professionals are all licensed and vetted and processes are in place to review documentation or effectiveness of the treatment program offered by the therapist. Elemental Treatment is one of the only teletherapy programs in the world to receive the coveted CARF Accreditation due to the rigorous standards it needs to meet

As all therapy sessions and treatment programs offered by Elemental Treatment are highly accredited, this also makes them fully billable to insurance. Though payment plans include cash options, insurance providers work with Elemental Treatment to cover the care, including specific contracts to cover the military through Tricare, and the Culinary Fund. This support is especially vital to the members in the Culinary Union who were laid off during this pandemic. The Culinary Fund will cover this care for eligible participants.

Our platform allows anyone to call, text or videoconference anywhere with one click, explains Baron.

The app, available for both IOS and Android, offers additional content including reminders, updates, tips for mental health, questionnaires, and interesting concepts about mental health and wellness.

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Elemental Treatment offer programs to give clients the support and attention they need with a comprehensive, flexible, and individualized treatment plan to guide them without interrupting daily life and routine.


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Brown Bears’ Heather Marini is first female Division I football position coach: ‘It means there will be a next’ – USA TODAY

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Heather Marini is a coach. The quarterbacks coach for the Brown University Bears, to be precise. That's a new title, but she's been a coach practically half her life.

But becauseMarini is female, she is "the first female position coach in Division I history." So the question about what that distinction means to her has come up inrecent days since her promotion. She claimedshe still doesn't have a great answer for it. It's still a pretty good one.

"Honestly, I think its great that there is a first because it means there will be a next,'" Marini said by phone Tuesday, a day after Brown made her promotion from offensive quality control assistant to quarterbacks coach official.

"There are so many women that I have met through this journey and through this process that are going to make great position coaches, that are going to make great offensive coordinators, that are going to make excellent head coaches. By being the first, that means someone else is going to come along."

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Brown University QB coach Heather Marini grew up in Australia.(Photo: Jessica Koach)

It just so happened Marini's turn came before everyone else.

"I dont think its the worlds biggest deal," she said in herAustralian accent."And its certainly not the biggest deal in the world to the staff here at Brown, who have been fantastic."

The road from Australia to Providence, Rhode Island, was not direct.

I feel like I need a prerecorded version of this story now, she saidwith a laugh.

It basically goes like this. A girl who grew up in a small Australian townplayed every sport under the sun but gravitatedtoward tennis and netball (a game similar to basketball). At college, she majored in emergency health at Monash University, but the degree may as well have read "coaching," Marini said. Her dream was to coach the Australian national netball team.

About a decade ago,she met Kieren Marini, an Australianwho grew upwatching the NFL with his dad and is now her husband of nearly five years. At first, both Kieren and Heather assumed her first football game would be her last. She watched from the sidelineon a freezing, rainy day.

"She was like, 'I dont think Ill ever love the sport like you do.' Which is kind of funny because of where she is now," he said.

Kieren saidthe game lasted more than fourhours; Heather believedit wascloser to five-and-a-half.

I thought, This is the craziest sport Ive ever seen. Im not sure Im that interested. Good luck! Heather said.

As they dated,Kieren kept playing, and Heather became a trainer for the club. Then she advanced to strength and conditioning coach.

The more I startedlearning about the sport, the more I got involved, she said.

In 2010, Marini landed an internship with theOregon State Beavers inthe strength and conditioning department. She loved it, but her heart wasnt in the weight room. It was on the field.

"In Australia, all that strength and conditioning was done out on the field. So we didnt really delineate between sports-specific drills and strength and conditioning drills," Marini said."I went back to Australia with that knowledge of, Actually, I want to be on the field. And I got more and more involved."

Back at Monash, she began coaching the U-19 team, with the Warriors finding success as one of the younger teams in the leagues.

Kierens work as a cancer researcher (heholds a PhD and works at the University of California, San Francisco) brought the couple to the U.S.As they prepared for the move in 2017, Marini attendedthe NFL Womens Careers in Football Forum.She made two life-changing contacts there: NFL senior director SamanthaRapoport, who pushed her to apply for jobs,and Brown head coach JamesPerry, who was then leadingBryant University.

It dawnedon Marini that coaching could be a career rather than a hobby. After all, her coaching efforts in Australia were solelyvolunteer. Once she received a working permit in the U.S., she embarked on her owncoaching tour.

"I call it my DIY internship year," Marini said."I had a lot of coaches that were really supportive of me and let me come to practice and sit and watch film and all that sort of thing. Met a lot of folks, went to a lot of clinics."

She broke into the professional ranks in 2018 by earning a pro scouting fellowship with the New York Jets, spending six weeks with the team before the season started. A few months later, when Perry was forming a new staff at his alma mater, he hired three women to his quality control staff including Marini.

"Heather has earned the coaching position,"Perry said in a statement."In one season with our program, Heather has done a great job for us.She has proven through her efforts in the office every day with us in an off-the-field role that she's ready to run the quarterback room."

At Brown, Marini will have the luxury of coaching E.J. Perry, a Boston College transfer who set league records in 2019. The Bears play fast and run a lot of plays, which Marini enjoys.

"How can I take the playbook or the skill that were trying to teach and get the best out of the player? How do I use my words and my demonstrations and the drills I create in order to get them to execute at the highest possible level?" she said, describing her style.

"My coaching philosophy was: Develop thinking players, always developing, always moving forward, always building, getting them to really think about not just their job on the field but whats happening around them as well as, now that Im here in the U.S., how theyre developing as student-athletes."

And Marinihas more in mind for her future --she would like to eventually call plays andbecome a head coach.

The path to becoming a position coach in the Division I ranks usually involves goingfrom player to graduate assistant, to assistant, with those individuals all men until this point relying on personal networks and connections.

Kieren, who tries to FaceTime Heather every dayfrom California(it helps that he craves nitty-gritty football information),realizeshis wife reached that level the hard way.

"I dont think youcan understate how much work she is putting into this," he said."I guess a lot of paths American coaches have is very built into the system."

That system couldn't deny Heather Marini, and now she's a part of it.

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‘Basketball Or Nothing’ on Netflix Will Fill The March Madness-Sized Hole In Your Life – Decider

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A well-made sports documentary can be far more compelling than any scripted drama. Theres no guarantee of a happy ending, no way to know how things are going to pan out for the characters in your story. There are real people behind it, genuine dramas unfolding in real time. Netflix has had a runaway hit on its hands recently with the competitive cheerleading series Cheer, but theyve also produced another stellar sports documentary series that may have slid under your radar in the last year Basketball or Nothing. And today, the day when March Madness 2020 was supposed to have launched, you need it more than ever.

This six-episode series follows one full season of the Chinle Wildcats, a boys high school basketball team in remote Chinle, Arizona, located in the Navajo Nation. The team has seen success in the past despite some disadvantages, theyve won regional titles and even advanced to the state Final Four. This year, though, they hope to do something no Chinle team has ever done bring a state championship back to the rez. Leading their charge is veteran head coach Raul Mendoza, who brings 40 years of coaching experience to his first year at Chinle. He finds a team with the passion to compete, if not the discipline and focus required to become champions. Its a storyline straight out of Hoosiers or Friday Night Lights, but the drama is only heightened by the knowledge that its real and unfolding before the cameras.

Mendoza inherits a roster with genuine talent star point guard Cooper Burbank is a once-in-a-generation talent for a school like Chinle, a player with Division 1 college aspirations. He and his teammates play a style of basketball they refer to as rezball, a fast-paced, loose, run-and-gun style that makes up for players lack of size by trying to outrun opponents. This style and its lack of priority given to playing defense frustrates the old-school Mendoza, who knows theyll need to become a more well-rounded team in order to go all the way.

This isnt just a sports story, though. Were shown the stakes for the players, many of whom are hoping to use basketball as a means to leave the reservation hoping for college scholarships, good jobs, and the money to provide a better life for their families. Poverty is widespread in the town, and like many towns, drug and alcohol abuse are rampant. There are few options provided to these kids. The game offers a slim but real sense of hope.

Through on-screen interviews and extensive time spent on their home lives, we really develop a connection with the players in Basketball Or Nothing good kids who want to do right. The most compelling story might be that of senior Josiah Tsosie, an undersized player who succeeds on sheer determination. His father abandoned his family when he was young, and Tsosie wants nothing more than an ability to provide for his single mother and younger sister. He speaks often of his dream of attending Arizona State University to become an electrical engineer, but knows that an athletic scholarship is likely out of reach. We also meet senior Chance Harvey, a sweet, thoughtful player whose father passed away unexpectedly when he was young; senior Dewayne Tom, who balances his athletic and school activities with responsibilities on his familys cattle farm, and junior Angelo Lewis, a talented big man who doesnt see college in his future. Each player is given substantial off-court screentime, which only serves to make the basketball drama more compelling as it unfolds.

And it is dramatic. The Wildcats season is an up-and-down struggle, punctuated by early losses and a devastating upset loss to an archrival. They often find themselves digging out of deep holes early in games, only to rally in sports-fiction-worthy fashion for buzzer-beating finishes. Coach Mendoza rails at their lack of discipline and makes lineup changes, while still serving as a comforting father figure to the players. By the time Chinle makes the regional playoffs, theyve already lived well more than a seasons worth of drama.

The best sports stories are about more than the game. Theyre about human dramas, the struggle and strain behind the box score. Stories of Native life are badly underrepresented in our culture, and Basketball Or Nothing uses the story of the Chinle Wildcats season to teach us about the lives, values, challenges and dreams of people that might not otherwise have their story told. When senior Tsosie learns something critical about his college aspirations in the final episode, its a tear-jerking moment that has little to do with the season thats just completed. Its not just a sports story its a human story.

Scott Hines is an architect, blogger and internet user who lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, two young children, and a small, loud dog.

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10 Life Changing Things to Do While You Are in Self-Isolation – The Good Men Project

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London Life Coach Hans Schumannshares ideas for making the best out of staying at home during the coronavirus crisis. Your life does not need to be on hold! Hint: none of those tips involve booze or Netflix!

When it comes to the coronavirus, we are all in this together; but we are not in the same boat. You may well find yourself alone at home, either because you are in self-isolation or because your employer has asked you to work from home. You may also find that you have less work to do as this crisis will be putting a stop to many business activities across the globe.

If you are an employee of a cash-rich company, then good for you. You will probably continue to draw your salary.If you run your own business or work for one that has stopped trading, you could well be in a worse position. Last but not least, many of us will also be concerned about the health risks of the pandemic virus.

This article is by no means intended to trivialize the hardship that many of us will experience over the coming weeks or months, however, I would encourage you to find something positive in this difficult situation. Maybe that self-isolation and extra time at hand could be used to create a positive change in your life, or perhaps even new opportunities for your career or business?

Here are a few projects that you could take on while you are stuck at home, if indeed you are not actually ill (in which case you should rest!):

Most people are so busy running on a hamster wheel each day that they never make time to stop and review their life from a birds eye view. I recommend everybody to make time once a year to reflect on the big questions of your life, such as:

If you are in self-isolation, this could be a great opportunity to work through these questions in detail.A coach like myself can assist you with this. Coaching can be done very safely and effectively via Skype video calls.In fact, I receive my own coaching via Skype from people I have never met in person.

Hand on heart: Who here is guilty of having bought an online course in a bout of enthusiasm but then never completed it? I have for sure! Now is a great time to dig it out and work through the course; or buy a new one and actually complete it this time!


Speaking of your job, if you are dreaming of greener pastures, how about brushing up your CV and improving your LinkedIn profile? There are lots of guides on how to do this available on the internet or Amazon. You could even go further by reaching out to your network and contacting recruitment agencies or a coach to discuss your career plans.It is quite likely that over the coming weeks they will have more time to talk to you than normal.

If you find it hard to stand still and be alone, its likely that you would probably benefit from practicing exactly that. Learning to enjoy being mindful and practicing meditation can be life-changing. It can improve your emotional wellbeing, sharpen your mind and reduce stress levels. You may even find that mindfulness will open a door to a completely new joyful experience of life. There are plenty of online courses on mindfulness available; or try a meditation app such as Calm or Headspace.

This could be the most powerful of all the items on my list.Scholars of Positive Psychology tell us that social connections are the most important ingredient to our happiness; much more than our career, that dream job or looking beautiful.Maintaining healthy social connections is particularly important when you are in self-isolation. It helps you keep our mental health on track.

Thanks to modern technology we can still connect to others even when we have to stay at home alone. A skype video call will be almost like having the other person sitting next to you. How about making time to have calls with all those friends and family members that you have been neglecting recently? How cool would it be if this crisis actually brought us closer together despite social distancing?

And dont forget ordinary phone calls. When was the last time you spoke to a friend and truly listened to them, fully concentrating on their voice without browsing the internet at the same time?

Ever dreamed of running your own business? Do you have lots of ideas but dont know how to make them happen?How about taking one of those ideas and think them through in detail! You can download a basic business plan template from the internet that tells you about all the items to consider, such as the basic concept, ideal client, the pricing model, route to market, etc. Do a SWOT analysis (you can look that one up too!) and exchange ideas with your friends over Skype. You can also work with a coach to explore and test your ideas.

Perhaps you could start by creating a website for your business? Sites like Wix and Squarespace make it super easy and fun.

Get fit at home! How, you may wonder? Well, if you have free floor space of at least 1m x 2m, then thats all you need to do a tough workout. There are lots of apps that offer workout routines that dont require any equipment. My favorite is Freeletics. You tell the app your goals, basic stats and fitness levels and it will deliver weekly tailored fitness plans. You may be surprised how tough they can be.Exercises such as burpees, push-ups and lunges will increase your fitness very quickly.

Obviously, dont work out if you are actually ill with the coronavirus. In that case, your body will need all energy for recovery.

Do you know how much money and assets you have, and how much you spend on what? Do you have a nest egg and a retirement plan? These are topics that we tend to avoid, partly because retirement seems so far away, but also because we dont really want to look into our finances out of fear of what we might find.

Well, now is a good time to do exactly that. Dig out your bank statements and create a list of where your money goes. Are you spending too much on the wrong things? Do you have savings to help you through times of crisis like the one we are facing right now? Perhaps its time to change your spending and savings patterns?

If you find this hard to do, you dont need to do it alone:

Our home environment has a massive impact on our emotional wellbeing. Any of the following may well affect how you feel at home:

These things can be real energy-suckers. How about using your free time in self-isolation for a proper spring clean:

Then enjoy the wonderful feeling of a lighter and fresh environment.

Having sorted out your home, how about working on your outdoor space if you have any? Gardening is a fantastic activity with plenty of benefits such as:

Hopefully, one or two of the ideas in this article have inspired you to pick a project that creates a new opportunity in this time of social distancing.Maybe the list even promoted a better idea of your own?

It all boils down to a key life skill that I cherish:

Rather than focusing on what you canNOT do, focus on what you CAN do!

This mindset turns an unhelpful complaint into a resourceful question that can generate new solutions for your life.

Youare the master of your ownlife.What are you going to do with it?

Previously published here and reprinted with the authors permission.

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I am an Executive Career & Life Coach, with a background in law and financial services. A serious health crisis with an autoimmune disease, which was triggered by a burnout and made me housebound for almost two years, shook me up and prompted me to re-evaluate my life. I decided to leave the golden cage of corporate life and reconnect to my passion for personal growth: I retrained to become a transformational coach. I now help executives, professionals and business owners create and thrive in lives they truly love. Most of my clients are in established careers, but at a point where they are ready to up their game and create deeper fulfilment and greater success. For some of them thats about changing or progressing in their career. For others its about becoming more effective in what they already do, growing as leaders or creating a more balanced lifestyle. I am the author or the self-coaching book: Falling in Love With Your Job, available on Amazon.

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Gov. Wolf orders all but life-sustaining Pa. businesses to close; experts weigh in on when things will retur – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Wolf previously asked nonessential businesses to close. Now, he plans to enforce the order and will only allow physical operations for a selected group of businesses, which includes gas stations, farms, health-care facilities, and transit systems.

Public officials have called for a two- or three-week hiatus before reassessing the situation posed by the spread of the coronavirus. But experts have been running computer simulations and are now offering a reality check.

Since the death of Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion coach Gregg Downer has struggled to get used to his new reality. In fact, for the first time in 30 years of coaching, Downer missed several practices and skipped watching film before a game. He had to attend the memorial services for Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Los Angeles.

Cant think of anything cuter than a daydreaming pup . Thanks for sharing, @noahpoobear_thepup.

Tag your Instagram posts or tweets with #OurPhilly and well pick our favorite each day to feature in this newsletter and give you a shout out!

To deny any child access to education for any reason is a human rights violation. Holding one child back to advance another is nonfeasance. And that should be a non-starter for the 21st century. Jennifer Stefano of the Commonwealth Foundation and Broad + Liberty, on embracing innovation and choice while schools are closed.

Need a break from binging shows on your streaming platform of choice? If youre looking for some local storytelling that illuminates the spirit of our region, check out some of the work our visual journalists have been producing lately.

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Spring Equinox: The Power of Grace: Angel Healing Meditation & Healing Messages – BlogTalkRadio

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Welcome to my show Let's Ask the Angels on Blogtalk Radio!

I am your host, Barbara Calvano, Angel Intuitive and Life Coach

Join me for my next LIVE show or on replay Saturday March 21,2020 4pm ET, 1 pmPT "THe POwer of Grace"... I will be sharing a powerful healing angel messages for the Spring Equinox and channel a healing meditation to manage stress andanxiety for these special times.

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I will be sharing the upcoming messages for the week and betakingyour listener calls for readings.

Theweekly message is from the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle by Alana Fairchild.

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