Rene Barber

Rene Barber 1Which team(s) do you coach?
Lamphere Junior Varsity Dance

How long have you been coaching?
9 years

What made you decide to become a coach?
I was a part of the Lamphere Dance Program all four years when I was in high school.. This program has always felt like home, and is something that I am extremely passionate about.

Rene Barber 2What's your favorite thing about coaching?

Watching these students grow is the most rewarding part of coaching. I truly enjoy pushing these dancers past their limits. Sometimes your mind is your biggest hurdle, and when these girls know that they have a coach who is in their corner encouraging them to be more than they think they can be, something clicks... All of a sudden the confidence they have in themselves multiplies and they realized that they are capable of so much more than they thought.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from coaching?
There is not a cookie-cutter answer for everything. A coach needs to take the time to learn WHO each of their team members are - the way they think, the way they approach a task/challenge, the way they celebrate a success/failure, etc. This could completely change the approach that a coach takes to a situation. Each dancer grows at their own pace, and has the ability to be pushed in different ways - and a coach needs to take the time to acknowledge that, especially when the skills levels can be so different from student to student. Also - COMMUNICATION IS KEY. Not only do I tell me dancers "what" we are doing, but I tell them "why" we are doing it, "how" it's going to improve them and help them. Its important for someone who is learning to understand how the information they are taking in will impact them overall.

What is one thing you would like your student athletes to remember in life?
Approach everything in life as mind over matter. If you tell yourself you can't do something, then you never will. You have to have confidence in yourself, always. And that confidence is contagious - others around you will see it and apply it to their lives as well! If you think you deserve something... earn it.

Rene Barber 3What do you love about Lamphere Schools?
I love the support that we get from the Lamphere Community and the Administration. Seeing faculty and other students support teams at games, events, performances - that's amazing. It means so much more to these kids when they see people out there cheering them on and being involved in something they love.

Tell us a bit about your family:
I grew up in Madison Heights with Lamphere blood practically running through my veins. My dad was a Lamphere Graduate back in the 70's, so the connection to the school district has always been huge for me. Both my parents have always been extremely supportive of the busy schedule that I prefer to have. Whether is was participating in math/science competitions, dance team, the theater company, or any school event - my parents were always so investing in my time. Music was always a HUGE focus in my family - my dad and brother were both drummers and my mom sang in the church choir, so we were pretty much surrounded by music our entire lives.
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