Brian Simmons

brian simmons

Brian Simmons

Coach Brian began volunteer coaching at the West Tampa YMCA in 2009. He soon realized male players often wouldn't pass to girls on their team and the other teams didn't consider the girls equal opponents. Therefore girls weren't getting much hands on playing time. Brian embarked on a journey to correct this. He formed an all girls team at the West Tampa YMCA in 2014. The girls primarily played against all male teams. It was during this time period that we got to know Brian. Our daughter joined his team. The first few seasons the girls lost every game. However, that quickly changed. With Brian's instruction and fair amounts of hands on playing time the girls began to improve significantly. The boys began to fear playing his team . Soon the girls won every game. They were no longer treated as lesser opponents. They were a force to be reckoned with. Our oldest daughter has outgrown the league but continues to play AAU and middle school basketball. A lot of her passion for basketball comes from her experience on Brian's team. Brian has branched out and now coaches multiple teams at the YMCA including mixed boys and girls teams. After each game he sends the kids play by play videos of their game describing what was done right and ways to improve. He dedicates his free time to make sure these kids are getting the most from their YMCA experience. In addition he volunteered so many hours coaching that his employer made a significant donation to support the YMCA. Great Job Coach!

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