Coaches’ Covid Crisis


Lily Berchin and Molly McCarthy

 The announcement about sports being rescheduled due to Covid-19 have left players and coaches upset. High schoolers are devastated with the news that sports will be postponed for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Sports keep kids occupied and healthy. It keeps them out of trouble and gives them the ability to make new friends. Coaches feel this way as well; they like to stay connected with the kids. And, after a long day inside, they have a chance of being productive. 

Mr. McDermott, boys varsity basketball and JV lacrosse coach was hopeful in saying, “While I’m not sure exactly when it will be, life will return to normal and we’ll be able to get back to doing the things that we all enjoy that make our school such a wonderful place to be.”

In the meantime, Coach McDermott says, “Although it’s unfortunate the extent to which this pandemic has affected our day to day lives, I think that as a community, we’re all doing our best to make the most of the situation. I truly feel for the students of WHB, as I know how difficult it has been to go without so many of the activities and social experiences that you’re all accustomed to.”

Girls varsity basketball coach, Mrs. Peters, says, “My first thought is the health and safety of the players and spectators. However we are trying to make the best out of what we have.  I think missing out on seasons and practices makes you realize how much you should take advantage of being on the court or field when you can. Play every game as if it were your last.” 

These past months have been a game changer for sure. An experience we never thought we would receive. High school flies by and we are missing out on these once-in-a-lifetime events.

Ms. Bergmann, varsity girls lacrosse coach says, “While the changes this year were disappointing to hear at first, it was in the best interest of the Section and all the athletes. I also think it gives us all a better chance of actually having a season this year. As a lacrosse coach we felt what it was like to lose a season and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through that this year.”

There are silver linings to this pandemic, and Coach Bergmann pointed out, “The season will be much warmer for us starting in April and I find that super exciting. We normally are freezing in March. Another positive is we have the opportunity for intramurals so we are starting to work together earlier than we normally do. All this extra time off is giving girls time to put in the individual work and get better for the season.”

Mr. McDermott agreed there are lessons to take from this time. “I believe that if this situation has taught us anything, it’s that we’re all in this together. Life has become a lot more challenging in so many ways and sports are no different. There will be difficulties along the way, but I think that we can use our experiences to develop a collective mindset that promotes unity and togetherness in order to overcome adversity.” 

Lastly, Coach Peters reminded us to control the controllables. “Whether it be sports or school, do the best you can with what you have in the moment.”

We hope to see you back in the field in 2021. Go Hurricanes!