And just like that, it’s over. The suddenness of the end of the season always amazes me.
I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of our program: the athletes, the parents, supporters, and my fellow coaches. At the beginning of the season, we tell the novice parents that “in this sport, you will create lifelong memories and lifelong bonds.” I think we all witnessed how that happens at last night’s year end dinner. As coaches, don’t think for a second that we are detached emotionally from what you guys are doing on a daily basis. Yes, we get grumpy and annoyed at times and yes we can be hardline and harsh at times. But we will ALWAYS have your back and even though we aren’t out there racing with you, we’ve been right there with you on the coldest days, the hottest days, the wettest days, the snowiest days, and the days where you didn’t think you could make it through your workout. In your races, even though we weren’t in the boat with you, we were with you every stroke of the way. Your losses are our losses and your wins are our wins. When things didn’t go your way, trust me when I say that we take it just as hard as you do. Thank you for giving it your all this season, for placing your trust in us as coaches and believing in our program.
I want to thank you all for the GREAT gifts and cards from last night. Patricia LOVED her beautiful flowers and I put my blanket to it’s first use last night as part of a MASSIVE sleep-in! Beautiful hand-made cards with heart-felt thoughts inside that we will cherish forever! We’re actually going out to dinner tonight and I’ll be ordering the biggest steak on the menu!!!! :):):)