Coach Erin is an exceptionally gifted coach. My son has learned a great deal from her. 5 stars all the way! I highly recommend her!
Erin is a young lady that I have known for 11 years. Erin played college basketball for me. Erin is a hard worker and very dedicated to her commitments. She is very enthusiastic, determined, and passionate about everything she does.
Her work is very important to her and she takes pride in all she does. She would be a great example to other female student-athletes and she will make sure athlete’s put their academics first and the game they love second. The concept of a student-athlete entails so much these days. It is a lot for a young lady to balance, family, school, and curricular activities. Erin would be a great fit for a coaching position or a leadership position not only because of her credentials but also because f her strong character. The kids can relate to her and she is tough on them to become the best they can be as players and people.
. I have personally known Erin for about 5 months since she became my daughter’s basketball coach this fall, although I had some previous interactions with her last year since she was coaching in the program.
My daughter (as well as her teammates) has really had an enjoyable experience with Erin this season. Handling a bunch of wound-up 10-year-old girls for evening practices (during their busy school week) is no easy task! Yet, Erin is able to balance her practice sessions with a good combination of structure and fun that engages the girls in a positive manner. She is able to get them to settle down and focus on the task at hand.
At the beginning of the season, it was evident that there was a wide range of talent on the team --- some of the girls had more experience in a competitive environment, and others were still beginners. Erin was able to work with each of the girls at their individual level, and coach all of them to improve their game. The team has made great progress over a short amount of time, and they have had a great time doing it!
Erin takes the time to do the “little things” to make connections with the girls and to motivate them. At the very beginning of the season, she came up with nicknames for everyone on the team. At first glance, the girls may have thought this was just for fun. But after further examination, I think they realized that each of their nicknames had a connection to a particular skill or attribute that they brought to the team. In other words, their nickname was something to be proud of. After each game, Erin awards a trophy “game ball” that has been passed around all season. Before awarding the game ball, she reflects on what skill that particular player excelled at during the game. Each girl on the team has been awarded the game ball at least a couple of times, and it gives them a chance to feel that they really made an impact for their team. She recognizes individual play, but also emphasizes team work.
In addition, Erin also takes the time to work with anyone that needs a little extra help or boost. When my own daughter was in a rut and really got down on herself, Erin went out of her way to bring her out of it. She spent some extra practice time with her at the gym, and she also had a couple of motivational talks with her to get her back on the right track. That extra effort really paid off quickly and brought a smile back to my daughter’s face.
I first met Erin when we joined the Lady Cats program in November 2013. Since then, she has coached my daughter Daniella. I immediately was able to recognize her innate ability to work with girls, parents, and coaches. Her organizational skills, coupled with an astute ability to motivate the girls yielded tremendous growth in the quality of the team.
Daniella has thrived, and she is very motivated to play for Erin. She has enjoyed having a female coach for the first time in eight years. Ms. Pedersen has been a great influence and role model for all the girls on the team. She has sent several YouTube videos, and articles for my daughter to learn more about basketball.
Erin demonstrates a level of openness and professionalism, while consistently maintaining high energy and being positive.