Julie was inspired by the football coach who was honored in the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame. Eventually she went into coaching herself.
Her parents were supportive of her love of sports but never pressured her. They set up an eight-foot basketball hoop (which they later raised to the regulation ten feet) and Julie spent hours shooting baskets, often competing with her brother in a game of horse. She created olympics-style competitons, with events like running around the house five times, and awarded medals created from cardboard with aluminum foil.
|Only the official is anywhere near her as Julie escapes|
defenders and leaps for the first pass ever thrown her
her way, catching it for the TD.
|Rolling out from the quarterback position, using her quickness to |
avoid defenders and throw a pass.
At 5' 7" and 135 pounds, she wasn't big but she had strength and speed.
|There's no tackling in basketball but there is in|
football - this a bad photo but it captures Julie
leaping to throw a pass, in the grasp of a tackler.
Because she found an opportunity to coach.
Possibly still inspired by that high school football coach, possibly just fascinated by the strategies involved in sports, Julie was drawn to coaching.
So she accepted a job at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, as assistant coach in basketball and track. Three years later, she is moving on to Stony Point High School in Round Rock where she'll teach history and serve as varsity assistant basketball coach and assistant softball coach. Between Southwestern and Stony Point, she did a brief return to NuStat but "once coaching is in your blood it is hard to stay away." She jumped at the Stony Point opportunity to return to coaching.
|Julie talking strategy with coach Soho|
|A natural leader, Julie, #1, leading the team back to the locker room after pre-game warm-up. Naturally.|