Meet the coach: Carrie Markham

Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. 5th Street in Phoenix, has named a new head softball coach for the 2015-16 season, Carrie Markham.

Ms. Markham was a four-year starter as a pitcher/outfielder at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.

“A successful team has a special bond, a culture that helps contribute to their success. You must have good leadership, motivation, and a willingness to succeed,” said Ms. Markham.

Read more about the new coach below:

Name: Carrie Markham

Carrie Markham

Carrie Markham

Team I coach: Xavier College Preparatory

My goals for the team: Although we lost some talented leaders from last season, we have a great core of seniors who I ’ m looking forward to seeing step up in leadership roles to guide the team to a state championship.

What I like most about coaching: Helping young athletes from different backgrounds with different personalities and skill levels work together as a team to find success.

Sports I’ve coached throughout my career? Although I played many sports growing up from water polo to golf I have only coached softball.

My best sports memory: As an Arizona native, it would have to be when the Diamondbacks won the World Series in 2001.

My worst sports memory: My last collegiate game played in May 2009.

My philosophy on coaching young people? Instilling in the players traits that will take them beyond sports, into their careers and personal lives. Do not allow players make to excuses and, as a coach, do not make excuses for the players. Mistakes and failure happen, so we need to learn how to deal with them to get better.

What are the components of a successful team? A successful team has a special bond, a culture that helps contribute to their success. You must have good leadership, motivation, and a willingness to succeed.

What qualities make a well rounded athlete? A well rounded athlete knows how to manage her time. She knows how to prioritize her responsibilities, yet set time away to make sure she accomplishes everything to make herself better.

What I’m excited about: I’m excited to see the development of each player and the potential they have. I always enjoy seeing the culture the team creates to loosen up and have fun. It shows how much they enjoy being around each other and translates to their success on the field.

My interests and hobbies: I love to travel. After going to college on the east coast, I now have friends literally from coast to coast whom I can always rely on to host a visit. I’m a gym rat, and on game days while coaching, I try to make those days my hardest  the gym. If I know we are going to have a tough game that day, it inspires me to push myself because it reminds me what my players may have to endure later in the day. Sometimes as coaches, we can forget what it ’ s like to have to physically push ourselves.

My personal motto: I love Woodenisms, but one of my favorites is “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

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