Coaches Corner: Getting to know Coach Rebecca Ashe
“It is kind of like a family at AHS,” and is one of the things that makes coaching and teaching at the school special to Rebecca Ashe. “The administration is very supportive.”
After growing up in Selmer, Ashe attended Selmer Elementary and Selmer Middle School before moving up to McNairy Central High School.
During her time at MCHS she excelled in basketball, softball and was part of the first-ever MCHS ladies soccer team which finished 8-8 before graduating in 2002.
Next stop for Rebecca was UNA in Florence where she received her Secondary Education degree in only three and one half years.
Ashe came back home and accepted a teaching position at AHS in the fall of 2006 while getting her feet wet in coaching the following year.
“It was a big time of adjustment for me, having been out of high school such a short time myself, and also growing up with Adamsville thought of as a rival and now working there,” were Coach Ashe's memories of those early years at AHS.
Ashe currently teaches History and Geography while also filling the positions of Head Coach of Girls Soccer, Head Coach Girls Junior High Basketball and Assistant Coach Girls Softball.
While speaking to us in her home on Race Path Road it quickly became obvious Rebecca is an avid follower of the color orange and UT sports. She also is a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team. Her hobbies include fishing for catfish and bass along with deer hunting.
When we asked her about any aspirations of moving up in the coaching world, Ashe replied, “I like it just where I am. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”
We next asked Coach Ashe our group of rapid fire questions as follows:
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a coach?
A. I was originally going to be a nurse. After our final softball game my senior year at MCHS, several folks came to me and said they really thought I should get in to coaching. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided to get in to teaching/coaching.
Q. Who inspired you as you got in to coaching?
A. Coach Jerry Lott at MCHS; he coached me in soccer and basketball, Delise Teague, who coached me in softball my freshman, sophomore and junior years, and Mellanie Surratt, who was my softball coach for my senior year at MCHS.
Q. Who have been the most influential people in your life?
A. My mom and dad; Jane and Hal Ashe. They took me to all my ballgames. I am thankful that they taught me if you want something, you have to work for it. They taught me values that young people need today.
Q. Do you try to emulate any other coaches?
A. Lady Vol Basketball Coach Pat Summitt. I grew up admiring her and am inspired by her career and her eight National Championships.
Q. What part do you think coaches play in the lives of young people?
A. You can teach a lot more than just a sport. Coaches can teach you about life and life skills that will help them later in life. Some kids don't have the best home life, or role models, and you can be a positive influence in that child's life.
Q. What is your favorite thing about coaching?
A. The relationships that you build, especially getting to coach a lot of kids all the way from the seventh grade through graduation and watch them as they change and mature. I love it when they come back after they graduate and move on and we get to talk about old times.
Q. What is your least favorite thing about coaching?
A. The amount of time it takes up. If you are not willing to dedicate the time-you are not going to be successful.
Q. What is the most memorable moment of your coaching career up till now?
A. Going to sub-state in softball in 2008. Also, the first year I coached soccer, we went 14-3.
Q. If you could spend an evening with any three people, past or present, who would it be, and why?
A. President Ronald Reagan I admire the way he brought a sense of patriotism back to our country after twenty rough years. We had been through the Kennedy Assassination, Vietnam and Watergate. I love the way he handled the Soviet Union.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt because he got us through a depression and led us in World War II. He was part of “The Great Generation”.
Peyton Manning, he was done wrong. He should have won the Heisman Trophy. He was always criticized for not being able to win the big game until he won the Super Bowl. I would like to ask him what it was like to be doubted and then prove them wrong. What would he like to say to his critics?
Q. What advice would you give to others thinking of getting in to coaching?
A. Make sure that you really love what you do and that you are willing to put in the necessary time. Be confident in your abilities. Over time, you will get to where criticism does not bother you.