Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 4)

Pendah has described herself to me during coaching as someone who is not assertive and often has difficulty making decisions. However, when it comes to basketball, she is both very clear and self-assured. After enrolling in Indiana University, Pendah’s next step was to e-mail the brand new IU women’s basketball coach, Curt Miller in late summer of 2012. She expressed to him that she wanted to be a walk-on. He told her that there would be try-outs for walk-ons. Pendah knew that she physically would not be able to try-out when they occurred due to the recuperation of her knee. Therefore during the first week of classes for Indiana University, Pendah marched herself over to Assembly Hall (where basketball is played and many coaches offices reside). She went directly to the women’s basketball office. She was able to introduce herself to one of the assistant coaches to Curt Miller by the name of Kevin Eckart. He sat down with her and the two of them had a nice conversation. Pendah articulated her predicament. She loves basketball. She had played at Ohio Northern, became injured and was recovering from her second surgery. Nevertheless, she was sure that she wanted to play for Indiana University as a walk-on now that she has transferred. Pendah expressed to me that she wanted to go directly to the coaches office in order that they would know that she was serious. Kevin Eckart’s response was twofold. He first stated that he had never had anyone come to him stating that they wanted to play who was currently unable to play. Therefore, his piece of advice to Pendah was that she finish rehabilitating her knee, get in the best shape of your life and then she might be able to work out with the women on the team in the spring.

As Kevin Eckart walked Pendah out of the offices, an idea came to him. He asked Pendah “The team is looking for a team manager. Are you interested?” Pendah expressed that her initial response was “Ugh!” She stated that she wanted to play. She did not want to do errands for the team. However, something told her to say “Sure! I will do that.” Pendah came to realize that it would be good to connect with the women playing, the coaches, etc. This could be her foot in the door! So, Pendah signed on to be team manager. To find out more about this experience and Pendah’s academic transitions as well, revisit this blog after the New Year!

Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 4)

Pendah has described herself to me during coaching as someone who is not assertive and often has difficulty making decisions. However, when it comes to basketball, she is both very clear and self-assured. After enrolling in Indiana University, Pendah’s next step was to e-mail the brand new IU women’s basketball coach, Curt Miller in late summer of 2012. She expressed to him that she wanted to be a walk-on. He told her that there would be try-outs for walk-ons. Pendah knew that she physically would not be able to try-out when they occurred due to the recuperation of her knee. Therefore during the first week of classes for Indiana University, Pendah marched herself over to Assembly Hall (where basketball is played and many coaches offices reside). She went directly to the women’s basketball office. She was able to introduce herself to one of the assistant coaches to Curt Miller by the name of Kevin Eckart. He sat down with her and the two of them had a nice conversation. Pendah articulated her predicament. She loves basketball. She had played at Ohio Northern, became injured and was recovering from her second surgery. Nevertheless, she was sure that she wanted to play for Indiana University as a walk-on now that she has transferred. Pendah expressed to me that she wanted to go directly to the coaches office in order that they would know that she was serious. Kevin Eckart’s response was twofold. He first stated that he had never had anyone come to him stating that they wanted to play who was currently unable to play. Therefore, his piece of advice to Pendah was that she finish rehabilitating her knee, get in the best shape of your life and then she might be able to work out with the women on the team in the spring.

As Kevin Eckart walked Pendah out of the offices, an idea came to him. He asked Pendah “The team is looking for a team manager. Are you interested?” Pendah expressed that her initial response was “Ugh!” She stated that she wanted to play. She did not want to do errands for the team. However, something told her to say “Sure! I will do that.” Pendah came to realize that it would be good to connect with the women playing, the coaches, etc. This could be her foot in the door! So, Pendah signed on to be team manager. To find out more about this experience and Pendah’s academic transitions as well, revisit this blog after the New Year!

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