“As a coach, I have had the unique opportunity to impact multiple aspects of a child’s life” Today in #StaffSpotlight- Michael Farrington

“As a coach, I have had the unique opportunity to impact multiple aspects of a child’s life. From the way they make their bed in the morning, to the way they carry themselves on the court or in social situations. Coaching is an interesting and complex career field; and this is probably why I have chosen it as my life’s work.

Michael Farrington
Michael Farrington, Director of Fitness | Manager of Operations

Parents initially bring their son or daughter and ask me to develop them into a superstar. What they get in the end is much different and ultimately, much more important. At HAT, students are taught the finer points of the game through our coaches’ specialized knowledge – technique, tactics, match play, fitness, nutrition, mental skills – but all of that pales in comparison to the importance and focus we place on the development of their character.”

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“HAT participants are taught important lessons of life that are sometime lost on the younger generations:

  • The difference between spending their time and investing their time
  • Working for something through deliberate practice over a long period of time
  • Resiliency
  • Self-Discipline
  • Taking pride in their performance and completing tasks at a standard that is important to them
  • Teamwork
  • Helping and teaching those around them
  • Focusing on the process of improving rather than on the initial result

In the end, the result of these teachings is a student who truly knows who they are and what they are capable of.”

“Throughout my coaching career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be around, and work with, my students for long periods of time. In total, they have won 4 NCAA National Championships, 9 NCAA Conference Championships, 19 NCAA All-American honors, 7 High School State Champions and hundreds of thousands of dollars in College Scholarships. All of these accolades, though impressive, do not make me as proud as seeing one of my athletes become a great person. The true satisfaction lies in seeing an awkward teenager with no confidence develop into a leader who inspires others to do things better. Helping them learn and grow through the difficult times, and sharing in their successes when they reach the light at the end of the tunnel, makes all the late nights and early mornings worth it in the end.”

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