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Why I Coach Women’s Tackle Football: LJ Jennings

We get questions all the time about our coaching staff. Who are they? How do they get involved? Why do they coach women’s football? Do they get paid?

All of our coaches are volunteers. They dedicate anywhere from 10 to 25 hours a week helping players grow, coaching them, watching film, organizing depth charts, and in many cases, volunteering at team events as well.

We took the time to sit down with one of our coaches in particular, LJ Jennings. LJ is the defensive coordinator and primary defensive backs coach. He also acts as our running backs coach as well.

Here’s what LJ has to say about his experience with the Majestics.

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WHY DO YOU COACH WOMEN’S TACKLE FOOTBALL?

“I love the idea of coaching people who may be brand new to the sport and watching them grow. It’s so refreshing to meet players that are so hungry too learn about the game.

They’re always looking for ways to get better and improve. With men, a lot of times it become monotonous and the passion isn’t there. Here they wanna play- it’s a lot of fun.”

What makes a good football player?

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“Someone who is coachable (humble), pushes themselves, and demands the players around them to do the same.

You want players who self-motivate. If you have players like that with a motor to play, you’ll always have a chance.”

What inspires you to do better and better every day?

“The players inspire me to do better. I wanna be able to help them where I can and watch them succeed. When you have players that really want to learn, it’s infectious and gives you energy.”

Interested in coaching or volunteering with the Majestics?

Fill out our contact form or send an email to our head coach, Scott McCarron, at scott@theseattlemajestics.com.
Come out to the game this Saturday, May 27, 2017 and watch us in action! After the game, you can talk to the players and coaches more about playing or coaching for the Majestics.
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Why I Coach Women’s Pro Tackle Football: Head Coach Scott McCarron

You’ve already heard from our players and why they play the game, from us, from our partners at espnW, The Nation, and now Crosscut (who recently created one of the best articles the sport of women’s football has seen).

But what about our coaches? What motivates them to coach women’s football?

Here’s our behind-the-scenes interview with Head Coach Scott McCarron.

WHY DO YOU COACH WOMEN’S PRO FOOTBALL? 

For me, it’s because I love the game of football so much. I want the women to see the passion and love I have for it, get energized about it the same way I do, and hopefully have that translate in their play on the field.

I love coaching and teaching the game to players that are so excited to soak up every little bit of info they can. Sometimes, it can be a balancing act between giving too much information or giving too little, but the hunger these women show to learn the game is what motivates me to continue coaching them.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?  

In terms of what I love the most about coaching, it’s the chess match of the game itself. Being able to show players the nuances about the game that make it so great. But, it’s also the relationships you build with those players and the family-type relationships I have with the coaching staff that are the coolest part about it.

Seeing players develop so quickly over a short period of time and seeing our young coaches grow into leaders of their own is another great part about the job. It’s really special to be a part of this.

Seeing players develop so quickly…and seeing our young coaches grow into leaders… It’s really special to be a part of this.

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What do you see for the future of women’s football?

What’s great about the development of the game is that people around the local area are starting to take notice of us as an organization. We’re seeing it more nationally as well with the Women’s World Football Games having taken place down in New Orleans at the Saints facility this year. 

We aren’t far from these players being paid and games being broadcast regularly. It’s going to take people motivated to do it for the right reasons, but we are at a very powerful moment in this sport, and the needle is pointing up.

How have you evolved as a coach?

When I first started coaching football I really didn’t know much about the game. I thought I did, but it involved more screaming and yelling versus actually coaching. Ha ha ha!

Now, I’ve become a student of the game and understand that my role is as a teacher to our players and staff. I allow our players to not be afraid to make mistakes because they know I will stick by them and use those moments as teaching moments.

I’ve also had to learn how to teach in different ways. Some players want me to yell at them, some need me to pull them aside and explain the why’s, and some are visual learners.

It’s finding ways to do all 3 things at one time so that we create the best learning environment for our players.

WHEN’S OUR NEXT GAME?

Our next game is this Saturday, May 7, away against the Everett Reign at Everett Memorial Stadium (7621 Beverly Ln, Everett, WA). The next home game is our final regular season game on June 4 against the Portland Fighting Shockwave.

Want to support the majestics?

There’s loads of ways to support our players and our organization.

  1. Donate to our crowdfunding campaign on Tilt.
  2. Buy tickets to our last regular season home game. You can buy tickets online here! 
  3. Become a sponsor. We’ll promote you on all of our social media pages, website, and more.
  4. Spread the word! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and share our content. Most of all, we’re looking to grow awareness and enthusiasm for our sport.

That’s it for now, Majestics fans. In the meantime, go check out our latest YouTube highlights from last Saturday’s big win against the Southern Oregon Lady Renegades.