Monday, April 13, 2009

5 Questions With Breakers Coach Manny

Coach Manny Ojeda is no stranger to this blog. I first met him last season as an assistant coach for the Southern California Breakers and then followed him as head coach of the Tri-City Titans. He is now the head coach for the Breakers and looking forward to the start of their season this weekend. The team travel to New Mexico on Satruday, April 18 to face the Menace. Coach took time out of his busy schedule to answer five quick questions.

1. Coach Manny, how do you think your team is poised for this new season? What challenges are you facing with the new league structure? What advantages have you gained with this new structure?

The 2009 Breakers have balance and confidence with the mix of pros and rookies, which brings out their combined potential every game. To our returning members the challenge is that we moved down from Tier 1 to Tier 2 in the league's structure and arrogance. The challenges overall remain the same; to teach confidence that benefits our athletes to always remain cool and steady. The new structure allows us to show the league; (1) that they made a mistake moving the Breakers down and (2) showing that the Breakers are athletes ready and prepared.

2. What has been the biggest challenge in your transition from an assistant to the head coach of the Breakers?

The total rebuilding of the team has been the most challenging. In 2008 as assistant head coach I had 1 binder that was 1/2" wide with a practice plan, game plan, and good work habits. This year 2009 as head coach I have (so far) 10 binders 4" wide of preparation. More work and hard work and preparation are part of the new title.

3. What do you find to be the most rewarding part about being involved with the Breakers? What is the most challenging?

The family attitude, enthusiasm, and creativeness are the most rewarding. The most challenging is keeping the peace with other coaches, reminding them of the Golden Rule, and sportsmanship always.

4. Who should we watch out for in the new season? What players do you think would stand out?

The entire 2009 So Cal Breakers and their determination are what to watch out for. Everyone on the Breakers team stands out - from pros to rookies. They have proved they are a Team of One working together.

5. If you had to sum up a motivational speech into only one sentence to your players, what would it be?

Sportsmanship, play hard, play together, and have fun - "To Tough Competition".


Lindsay said...

I think it's great that the coach said there is no individual we should be watching for. There won't be one person who will stand out, but instead everyone on the Breakers team stands out! Well said.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah, that's Coach Manny - he's awesome!