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Coach Saundra Proctor: Understanding your Athletes

Coach Saundra Proctor: Understanding your Athletes
July 21, 2022 | graham@allinteamsports.com | 4 min read

It starts with understanding your athletes and where they are coming from.

If you are looking to play for or connect with a coach who is on fire for coaching and helping their athletes, Coach Saundra Proctor is who you should reach out to immediately. Growing up, Coach Proctor dealt with a lot of struggles and hardships, but this did not stop her from becoming a high-level player and overcoming her barriers. 

She went on from high school to play college basketball at a community college where she played a crucial role in the team’s success. Unfortunately, after her freshman year she tore her ACL. After just receiving her first division 1 offer, it seemed like everything was clicking for her. That was, until everything came to a halt with her injury.

Even in the midst of unfortunate circumstances, Coach Proctor came out of college with a passion for coaching. She went on to coach high school, top-tier travel basketball, and is currently the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Basketball Team at Colby Community College. 

Today’s All In Takeaways are around Coach Proctor’s experience playing and coaching on multiple different levels. 

All In Takeaway #1: Understanding your Athletes 

In sharing her story, Coach Proctor made sure to highlight one of the most impactful coaches in her life. This was Coach Shawn Taylor who was the varsity head coach during her time as a varsity basketball player. The first thing Coach Proctor made sure to note about Coach Taylor is how hard she pushed her athletes. Coach Taylor truly has a passion for pushing her athletes beyond their expectations. 

Beyond her skills as a coach, Coach Taylor truly cared about understanding her athletes. She would constantly make sure that the athletes knew that she was there for them beyond basketball. To this day, Coach Proctor still incorporates many of Coach Taylor’s practices within her own coaching style. Especially as athletes are going through what can be the most stressful time of their life in transitioning to college, Coach Proctor wants to make sure to be there for her athletes. Coaches, are you understanding your athletes? Are you taking the time to check in on how they are doing beyond basketball?  

All In Takeaway #2: The Value of Athletes being in the Coaching Seat

In her first-year coaching for Colby Community College, one of the key players on the team endured a pretty bad injury. This forced her to spend a lot of time on the sidelines next to Coach Proctor during the games. Throughout this time, the athlete began noticing things that Coach Proctor would point out when she was playing but had never clicked for her. Being able to spend the time “in the coach’s seat” helped her see the game from an entirely new perspective. Coaches, take advantage of the times where athletes have to miss time on the floor and help them see the game from the coach’s perspective. 

Currently… 

Coach Proctor is getting ready for her 2nd season as the Women’s Assistant Coach at Colby Community College. All In looks forward to supporting Coach Proctor and the Trojans throughout the 2022-23 season. Go Trojans!

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