Throughout the season we will “Spotlight” the Coaches from the various North Royalton Middle School Teams. Today, the “Spotlight” shines on Elisabeth Jasina of the Boys and Girls Middle School Track Teams. We recently had the opportunity to learn a little more about Coach Jasina and her life on and off the field.
[How many years have you been coaching the Boys and Girls Middle School Track Teams?] 1
[Have you coached any other teams?] I coached track at Indian Hill Middle School for one season during my student teaching, followed by two years coaching track at Richmond Heights Middle School. I also coached girl’s soccer at Beachwood Middle School for one season.
[Did you play any sports growing up?] I ran cross country and track while attending Centerville Middle and High Schools.
[What is your professional career?] Intervention Specialist at North Royalton High School
[Do you have a pre-game routine and/or any superstitions?] Prior to stretching and warming up, I would always listen to music with a great beat that would energize me and help me get in a competitive mood.
[What is your best spots memory?] Having great coaches and teammates who helped me improve and find a life-long passion for running.
[Who is your favorite team or professional player and Why?] Croation National Soccer Team – I grew up watching Croatia play and loved seeing their success this past summer (ajmo vatreni!) and the Xavier University Men’s Basketball Teams – I attended Xavier University for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s. I also try to make it to at least one game every year.
[What is your favorite food?] Sushi
[What was your favorite school subject growing up?] English
[What has been your favorite vacation?] Each time I visited Croatia has been an amazing experience with family and friends.
[What is your personal goal for coaching?] My personal goal for coaching is to help student-athletes grow and improve over the course of the season, as well as to help them have fun and make great memories!
[What message do you have to the youth who want to play for you in Middle School?] Don’t be afraid to come out and try something new. The great thing about Track and Field is how many different events there are, and there truly is an event for everyone! Middle School Track and Field is a great environment to try events you’re unfamiliar with to help determine which areas you’re best in and like the best before moving to the High School program.