Coach G's novel plan: Ashleigh Fontenette
March 4, 2010
Every year, Texas Women’s Basketball coach Gail Goestenkors hand-picks reading selections for all of her student-athletes. Goestenkors carefully connects each one to the individual, choosing books that can educate and inspire – and impact the Longhorns on the court, and in life.
Throughout the season, TexasSports.com will visit with Goestenkors and the Longhorns to learn about the books that were read, and what everyone learned through the process.
One of the lessons the son learned was to “focus, not on what’s wrong with a person, but on what makes them right -- see their strength within their weakness.” This is something we can take directly to the basketball court, because we have to identify areas where we can get better, and improve them. Strengths are sometimes just hidden underneath weakness.
He also learns that “in every interaction, your perspective sets the stage for how the other person responds to you.” For me, as a point guard, I have to think about I approach my teammates. If I’m positive, the team will be positive.
As a point guard, though, she had to understand things beyond just the physical -- beyond just basketball. Her attitude and actions, emotions even, can affect the entire team. A good point guard knows how to always have a positive impact.