BY ALEXIS MARTELL
Senior Vicente De La Torre has been playing basketball ever since he was in sixth grade and now he is officially coaching for the sport. He had been a team coach for two seasons and had gotten the inspiration from his little brother, whom he wanted to train for his first season. A second inspiration for him to start coaching was his past travel coaches. Torre had seen how much time his coaches put into their job and wanted to be a part of that. Another reason he chose to coach is because he felt that coaching would still keep him involved in the sport. He explains that his best-loved part is how he is able to monitor the players and how their skills mature as they continue to move on throughout the season.
As he watches the players he is coaching, he sees two very different perspectives of when he used to play and compares them. Torre stated, “Coaching is really different from playing because when you play, everything moves along so much faster… when you’re coaching, the game seems to go by so much slower.” Torre tend to combine his past experience with his coaching in order to teach all of the younger players. He uses his past experience to learn and create a unique technique using the information that he has gained from his experience. Torre does not only coach by himself but he is sometimes given advices and a variety of different point of views from other coaches, as well as referees, about his skills.
Torre has a particular method of coaching his athletes. Most of the time, he would pull the athletes aside one by one and gives the player the advice that is needed for that particular play. A comment given by Torre was, “I don’t like to yell but I prefer pulling the athlete away for a one on one conversation. I feel like my point gets across more efficiently instead of shouting at the player.” All of his techniques of his coaching that he uses is mainly described as a “laid back.” His style does not involve shouting; instead, he considers it as a correcting, stern voice. During practices, he does not have any planned particular warm-ups aligned but he rather practice on working spots that could be “polished up a little bit.” The more they practice, the higher the chance they have at winning their future games. Torre stated, “I don’t favor set up or challenging warm ups. I’d rather do simple exercises to cover up the fundamentals.”
Although Torre does not plan a future that involves mainly coaching, he would gladly take the chance if he is offered. After being a coach, Torre clarified that with his experience of being a coach, he has learned to be more patient with people and discovered a variety of unique techniques that could be used in future games. Even though coaching is not a big part of Torre’s life, he enjoys doing it as a small hobby.