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WHAC - Mon, Jul. 3, 2017

For the last five years, Kourtney Wilson has made a lasting impact on Indiana Tech volleyball. Her approach to the game, to the players, and to the school has earned her the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Coach of Character award for the 2016-17 academic year. The honor recognizes a coach who demonstrates methods of teaching character through sport while instilling a tradition of athletic and community excellence. The award centers itself on the five core values of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character initiative: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

Wilson stresses the mental aspect of the game more so than the physical and preaches "Controlling the Controllables" to her players. It's something that resonates not just with the sport of volleyball, but in everyday life. She asks her players to keep two questions in mind: "How will I respond to concerns outside my control?" and "How will I take charge of things that I can control?" Her players understand they will control their success if they can control the controllables.

"I believe volleyball is a game that is 70% mental and 30% physical," said Wilson. "If the mental game slips, so does the match."

It's a philosophy that extends into life outside of the court. She teaches student-athletes that focusing on the things within their control helps them be successful. It's a lesson recently graduated Cassandra Sarabia is thankful for.

"As a freshman, I was a quiet, nervous player and person. By my senior year, I was a captain on the team and had been shaped into a confident person who was prepared for the next step in life."

Wilson instills a strong foundation using the Champions of Character five core character values and respect is the biggest one in her gym. A very competitive gym setting can be a breeding ground for in-fighting and conflict, but Wilson teaches her team to be appreciative of such a great atmosphere and know how truly blessed they are for such an opportunity.

 "I am very appreciative to receive this recognition," said Wilson. "Teaching values and life skills to do things the right way is something in which I take pride."

All-Time Coach of Character winners
2008 - Randy Strawser, Cornerstone (women's soccer)
2009 - Randy Strawser, Cornerstone (women's soccer)
2010 - Jerry Hendrick, Aquinas (tennis)
2011 - Kristi Solberg, Indiana Tech (volleyball)
2012 - Randy Strawser, Cornerstone (women's soccer)
2013 - Mike Wojciakowski, Aquinas (cross country)
2014 - none
2015 - none
2016 - Kourtney Wilson, Indiana Tech (volleyball)


 

   
 
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