Before looking back at 2019, let me say outright, I love my job. The hours are long. During certain seasons, I spend more late-night hours at my desk than in my bed.
But I love what I do. I get to build great relationships with coaches, administrators, community members and even parents. I get to watch kids grow up, some from awkward freshmen to sensational seniors, and see them excel at their crafts and share successes with their teams.
I love my job because for the most part every day is different. I can generally map out the seasons — the fall includes volleyball and soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays and football on Fridays with some cross country sprinkled in; the winter includes basketball on Tuesdays and Fridays and sometimes Wednesdays and Saturdays, with some wrestling and swimming sprinkled in; and the spring includes a lot of stuff on a lot of different days. But though the seasons generally follow the same pattern, no two games or contests are the same, so that’s always interesting.
Over the course of the year, I get to visit many different gyms and stadiums and cities, which is always fun.
I love watching the high schoolers, and when I get out to Southwestern Oregon Community College, the competition and skill level are boosted up a stop, which is fun.
But a few parts of the year are extra fun for me, because they bring competition at the highest level. So three of the five things on my list revolve around state championships.
With one exception, they are listed in chronological order, more or less.