Jessy Mcarthur is fresh to the coaching world but already plays a big role in the University of Lethbridge’s Men’s basketball, Men's soccer, swimming, and ringette team. Finding purpose in coaching, Jessy now works as a high-performance strength and conditioning coach. Jessy finds pride in training others to help reach their goals, athletes being his favorite to work with.
What is your proudest or most rewarding coaching moment?
If I had to pick specifics, I would have to say watching a few of the swimmers I work with make their way to Olympic trials after struggling through training during the Covid lockdowns. We spent so much time together day after day in an empty gym with the hopes that they would even be able to compete and watching them on the live stream, finally getting to display their hard work was beyond satisfying.
As of recently, seeing our athletes walk back into the doors of our facility after only seeing them over zoom and emails was also one of the more rewarding parts of my job. Being able to watch them do what they love to do and support them along the way has always been my favorite part of what I do.
What has been the most challenging part of your coaching experience?
Learning how to cater communication, training, and coaching style to different individuals. I work with a huge range of athletes from all different sports, and I get a lot of different personalities that walk through the door. Figuring out how to get the most out of each of them and learning what that even means has been, and still is, the most challenging part of my experience.
Do you have a coaching mentor? Who are they and why?
Heidi! My boss, supervisor, role model, whatever you want to call it. The way her athletes see her, talk about her, and interact with her is how I would want mine to see, talk about and interact with me. She is a perfect example of strength, professionalism, intelligence, and capability. If I end up being able to do half of what she does I would call myself lucky. Not to mention she has made my experience at the University better than I could have thought it would be. She’s the best.
Do you have any advice for up-and-coming coaches in your sport?
The best part of your job is going to be the athletes you’re going to be working with. Getting the best out of them means you need to be able to offer them the best of yourself. You’re only going to get as much as you give.
As a player in your sport what was the biggest difference you noticed when you made the transition from player to coach?
Honestly, my enjoyment of the experience changed the most. Don’t get me wrong, I loved playing and competing and I still do, but I was a hothead with an ego and my experience with sports has been much more enjoyable day in and day out as a coach.