What are the Washington U. Head Coaches up to this summer?
By Chris Mitchell
Sports Information Director
Washington University in St. Louis
You might wonder what the Washington University in St. Louis head coaches are up to in their so-called “down-time.” From summer camps, to recruiting, to public speaking, to vacationing there is not alot of down time in the summer for a head coach. Below is a Q and A with head coaches, and some insight on how they have spent the summer of 2011:
Men’s soccer coach Joe Clarke – This summer has been two weeks of recruiting camps, one at Washington University, and one about to start at the University of California, Berkeley, plus a brutally hot weekend of recruiting in Dallas at the United States soccer academy playoffs.
Football coach Larry Kindbom – Coached at Washington University Football Camp and the Fellowship of Athletes Football Camp – my favorite coaching venues; Spoke at the national Character Education Conference: “Ethically Speaking: The Challenge of Taking Your Team to the Top”; Went to Maine to reunite with my brother, sister, father; Going to climb Pike’s Peak with my daughter Kelsey next week, and then meet my wife to hike around the Rockies.
Volleyball coach Rich Luenemann – Our summer has been filled with camps– seven of them. The most exciting was the recent Elite Camp. Thirty-two players from all over America participated in the two-day camp…one from Hawai’i, nine from California, three each from Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Kansas, and Missouri, and the others from a smattering of states.
Women’s tennis coach Kelly Stahlhuth – I have been busy with two weeks of FILA Junior Tennis camp. We had a great group of campers and worked hard and had fun on the tennis court. From there, we ran our ITA Summer Circuit Tournament with a strong turnout for our men's and women's draws. We had tennis players compete that represented universities from Duke, Texas, Washington University, Missouri, Indiana, Rockhurst and Kansas to name a few. I leave for the USTA Clay Court Nationals in Memphis, Tenn., this week for recruiting.
Swimming & Diving coach Brad Shively – I just finished running four weeks of swimming camp at the University of Michigan and working with Club Wolverine in their preparations for USA Nationals and the FINA Long Course World Championships.
Softball coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté – I have worked softball camps in Oklahoma City, Arizona, Missouri and Indiana, and attended the Women's College World Series while working the NCAA Youth Clinic. My husband (Shawn) and I also went on a cruise to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos.
Cross Country and Track and Field coach Jeff Stiles – We went to Disneyland in June with my wife and two girls (Anya & Kiera). Since then, we have tried to not travel and just spend time at home (reading, swimming, biking, going on walks & runs with the running stroller) and getting the house ready for Baby Stiles #3. Micah Jeffrey is due Aug. 15.
Baseball coach Steve Duncan – Visited my brother Jeff and his family who live in Antigua, Guatemala. Spent two days at Lake Atitlan, one of the deepest lakes in the world, surrounded by three volcanoes. Also, visited my parents who live on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Water skied, caught blue crabs off their dock, and relaxed on the boat.