Northbrook Park District award-winning coach has basketball in her DNA

  • Josie Williams, center, earned the Northbrook Park District's Coach of the Year award. Here she's pictured with former recreation supervisor Brian de la Torriente, left, and current recreation supervisor Cameron Edelman.

    Josie Williams, center, earned the Northbrook Park District's Coach of the Year award. Here she's pictured with former recreation supervisor Brian de la Torriente, left, and current recreation supervisor Cameron Edelman. Courtesy of Meri Shea

 
 
Posted11/18/2022 4:25 PM

Basketball coach Josie Williams has been named the Northbrook Park District's coach of the year.

"Having played and coached competitive basketball for over 32 years it's in my DNA to make the impossible possible," Williams said.

 

The Northbrook Park District annually awards a special volunteer with the award. Athletics staff receive nominations from parents of youth involved in soccer, basketball and flag football programs before making a final decision, keeping in mind that the winning recipient has shown exemplary sportsmanship, organization, commitment and team training.

"It motivated me to bring my best to the boys and their parents. I feel as a coach your players are a reflection of you off and on the court," she said.

"So to see my boys, for many of whom this was their first or second time playing -- including my son -- come away with more knowledge, skill and new friendships, it made it so much fun to watch them in action. It is definitely rewarding to be able to give back to my community and Northbrook Park District helped make that happen."

Northbrook Park District staff explained that Williams displayed everything they look for, and more, when granting this award.

Williams was nominated eight times by parents and went above and beyond in her duties. She took her team to the Nickel City arcade in Northbrook for a fun bonding experience, was always respectful of the referees, made sure everyone was included at all times and excelled in communication with parents.

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"When thinking of the coach of the year this year, it was an easy decision to pick Josie Williams," said Athletics Manager Meri Shea. "She is a great example of a volunteer coach who went above and beyond at her position. She made a big impact on her team and is the main reason why many of these kids want to play basketball again next season."

The Northbrook Park District soccer, basketball and flag football programs are home to around 260 volunteer coaches. As a thank you for all their hard work throughout the season, staff hold a Coach Appreciation Night each summer.

Registration for Northbrook Park District winter youth basketball programs is underway at nbparks.org.

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