The Humber Hawks Women’s softball team has a new head coach…sort of.
Duaine Bowles, after serving two years as an assistant coach and one year as the interim head coach, will be taking on the position on permanently starting in the 2017 season.
Bowles’ student-focused and developmental coaching style connected with this years team.
“He makes sure we understand what each player’s role is and what we need to do to be successful. We all love him, we were hoping he was going to get the position permanently, he deserves it,” says Hawks outfielder Aaliyah Davidson.
The upcoming softball season is an important one for the blue & gold, as Humber will be hosting the 2017 OCAA Women’s Softball Championship.
Duaine was kind enough to sit down with the Humber Et Cetera to discuss his new position and all things Humber softball.
How does it feel to accept the full-time head coaching position?
It feels great, I’m incredibly blessed to be staying on to coach this team. We’ve been working for the past two or three years to put together this team’s core and I believe that this team going forward is going to give us a really good chance to have sustainable success year after year. Being able to wear the blue and gold, it’s incredibly exciting, it’s one of those things that I’ve been looking forward to, and hopefully moving forward we can bring a championship banner back home.
What’s your favourite part of working in the program?
It’s the girls, their personalities, they keep me coming back every day. It’s a lot of fun to coach them. They could be having the worst day, but will still bring their infectious energy everyday. They bring you up and it’s a lot of fun. But on top of that, they’re extremely competitive, its always refreshing to coach a team that wants to win every day. Being able to coach these girls is just incredible.
To you, what are the greatest qualities a coach can have?
One of the things that I believe I need to be as a coach is adaptable, to be able to adapt to different situations. You have to manage personalities, once you get through the on-field aspects of the game, managing people who are growing, and understanding everyone is different is really important. You have to take the initiative to care about them as a person, because you never know what might be on a young person’s mind when coming to practice. Our mantra is “Check it”, when you walk into a practice or a game, check your ego at the door, we play for Humber, for the name on the front of the jersey.