Gil Rodrigues

gil rodrigues

Gil Rodrigues

Coach Gil has coached three of our four kids over the last several years. He was one of the first people we met upon moving to Florida, from Colorado. He started out by coaching our daughter. He and his friend, Brian, pioneered the Northwest YMCA all-girl basketball team when they saw a need, through their own daughter’s desire to play. As a result, the team grew into three teams since then and each year girls are rising up as leaders in basketball. Additionally, he coached both of our sons; giving of his time and energy week in and week out. Some may have looked at Gil as though basketball coaching was his part-time job, instead, it was something he dedicated himself to outside of working a full time job, and coaching for his daughter's AAU team as well. He made weekly videos to send to the players to improve their game play, he gently singled out the kids that may have needed a little extra coaching at practice, and he would champion his team to help those that hadn't scored a play yet to do so at the games each week. Ultimately, Gil was always on the kids' side -- making sure they felt confident, capable, and challenged. He did a phenomenal job of creating a team each season (even when some kids rotated out because they aged out, etc.). He would always make sure the newcomers felt welcomed and a part of the team, as he did with our family when we were first new to the area. Gil has made a lasting impact on our kids and we are forever grateful.

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