Meet SSRG’s 2018 coaches – Tekilla Shot (left) and Spark Plug (right)! Not new to Roller Derby, but new to coaching the team!
What made you decide to become a coach?
Spark Plug–I became a coach because I love the game and wanted to stay involved, but needed to step away from the contact due to some nagging injuries. I’m 51 and don’t heal as fast anymore. I love the teaching and coaching aspect of the game too. Doing it with Krista makes it even better. We work really well together.
Tekilla Shot– I decided to retire from actively playing derby last season but I did not want to completely leave the sport that I fell in love with. I wanted to continue to contribute to the success of the team so coaching was my next step. I am learning a lot because coaching isn’t easy! My team is amazing and I love seeing their progress at each practice. Lisa and I make a great team for the team!
How long have you been skating?
Spark Plug– I have been skating for about 3 years.
Tekilla Shot– I have been playing roller derby over 5 years.
What are your biggest goals coaching this year?
Spark Plug– My goals for coaching this year are to provide meaningful and instructive practices and foster team cohesion. And to have a kick ass season!
Tekilla Shot– My biggest goal is to learn as much as I can as a coach for SSRG and to establish trust with the skaters as their trainer. I want to be part of helping South Shore Roller Girls achieve their goals of being one of the biggest roller derby contenders in the Midwest before we conquer the WORLD!
What are your day jobs?
Spark Plug– I am a pediatric physical therapist as my daytime gig. I help kids learn to be as physically capable as they can be. I guess I’m kinda like a coach to them too!
Tekilla Shot– I manage a Conference Center in beautiful downtown Chicago.