The history of great coaching minds at FSU is long and storied. Mike Martin and Bobby Bowden come to mind as prominent figures of FSU coaching. Recently, Jimbo Fisher has continued the tradition of success. That tradition of coaching excellence continues this weekend thanks to one of our greatest coaching minds, William Leparulo. From April 7-9, the FSU Table Tennis Club (https://campusrec.fsu.edu/sports/clubs/table-tennis) is competing under the sardonic gaze of Coach Leparulo at the 2017 TMS College Table Tennis National Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (livestream available here: https://youtu.be/UF7Dn9D052M).
Now I didn’t do anything as professional as “clear” this blog with Willie so I’m going to go ahead and throw in a made-up quote from him here: “I love coaching almost as much as I love advising. I’m really glad I found my way to getting involved in FSU sports clubs.” I couldn’t agree more with Willie here. I have coached the FSU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee (http://www.fsultimate.com/) team for the last four years and feel the same way.
So, how do you become involved in FSU sports clubs? Whether or not you are a super-genius coaching mastermind like Willie and I, there’s a way for you to get involved in this really cool aspect of campus life. By visiting https://campusrec.fsu.edu/sports/clubs you can check out the forty different sports clubs on campus. These clubs are split into competitive, recreational, and instructional. Even if you don’t have any experience with or interest in playing these sports, the competitive clubs are almost always looking for spectators to come to their events. Admission is usually free, and the level of play is higher than you can manage. If you do want to get involved, several of the instructional clubs are open to faculty and staff, including Aikido and Cuong Nhu.
So get out of your office and meet your students where they spend their time: doing awesome stuff and representing our school in cool jerseys.
For a little visual aid here are some examples of FSU sports club moments.
FSU Table Tennis playing UF: https://youtu.be/A99yFTAfccc
FSU Men’s Ultimate Frisbee playing Oregon in the national semifinal: https://youtu.be/KIowdB7qrIA
FSU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee scoring the point that won the region: https://youtu.be/Op6gIAgP96Y
This article was authored by Josh Boyd, Academic Advisor in the College of Social Sciences.