on the court but also in life. You need to be a triple threat person. If you are well grounded mentally, physically and spiritually, you will be in a position to make a positive impact with your life.”
SWINGING INTO RETIREMENT WITHOUT A CLUB
Te leader of William Jessup University’s women’s basketball program, the storied head coach Guin Boggs, announced his retirement from coaching the Lady Warriors at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
Te seven time Mission Valley Athletic League Coach of the Year, California North Coast Section Coach of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winner for Basketball bestowed by the California Coaches Association, will not slow down during the next phase of his life. Instead, he will concentrate on running Triple Treat Basketball camps, which he founded in 1991 and still owns and manages.
Coach Boggs has accumulated over 40 years of coaching experience during his career including the last six which he has spent heading the William Jessup Lady Warrior team.
When asked to describe his favorite memory from his time at William Jessup, Coach Boggs said, “Just the kids…I have an ongoing relationship with most of my players which is really good. Te friendships, the memories, the things we shared, that is what coaching is all about.”
A competitive person at heart, Coach Boggs made it clear that coaching basketball is less about the game and more about developing a younger generation. Te legacy he hopes to leave behind is not one of wins and losses but one of preparing his players to live a fruitful life. Boggs explained, “In basketball, all coaches talk about the triple threat position. Get the ball, face the basket, and be a threat to shoot, pass, or drive. Tese principles apply not only
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VERONICA GRAVES HURDLES TO NEW HEIGHTS
What started as a love for running in South America years ago benefits students today at William Jessup University all due to new Head Track and Field Coach, Veronica Graves and the inspiration she shares with students on the track and in the classroom.
Veronica started running with her dad when she was just five years old and has fond memories to this day. “We would run together and I remember chasing my dad. I recall the exact moment when I knew that running was my thing,” she said. “Running gave me the passion and fire that made me want to do my best.”
Coach Boggs retires following a difficult season for the Lady Warriors who moved into the GSAC this year facing the strongest level of competition the team has ever experienced. Demonstrating his positive perspective, Coach Boggs put it this way, “It’s not about winning or losing because those things are forgotten pretty quickly, but it’s the relationships, the memories, the great moments that you take with you.”
Guin plans on staying in the eastern Sacramento area with his wife and remain active in the basketball community. “I don’t see a retirement program in the Bible for Christians. Te thought of getting up and reading the paper then going out to play golf three, four, five times a week is nauseating to me,” he said with a hearty chuckle.
Graves relocated from South America to Bend, Ore. in 1993. It was in high school that she began running mainly because her coach encouraged her. “Being new to the community, I decided to go out to the track where they were having tryouts. Te coach asked me to run the 100 meter sprint for him,” Veronica recalled. “After I ran, it turned out my time was better than everyone else out there! My coach proceeded to ask my name, where I was from and told me that if I wasn’t out at the track at 3:15 p.m. after school for the next four years, he would personally come and pick me up to make sure I got out there.”
After high school, Veronica attended Oregon’s Mount Hood Community College. While there, her coaches shared stories about their experiences running track at Chico State. When the time came to transfer, she decided to follow in their footsteps and make the move to California to attend Chico State where she received a full ride scholarship and trained with one of her coaches and mentor, Steve Irving.
While training with Irving and other coaches, she broke a 13 year record for the 400-meter hurdle and later qualified for the nationals in the hurdles and the 4x400 relay. What followed was a stint running semi professionally for the 2004 Olympic trials. Veronica trained with the team but suffered a cracked ankle that put an end to her running career. Fortunately, it didn’t put an end to her love of running.
Veronica went on to earn her master’s in kinesiology and exercise physiology also at Chico State. Graves began assistant coaching in 2002 and was the former head cross country and track and field coach at Feather River College. Veronica kept in touch with her contacts at Chico State which led to her learning about the opportunity to teach and coach at Jessup.
“When I stepped foot on Jessup’s campus, I had a feeling of peace that I had never really felt before,” she explained. “It was so soothing to me and I couldn’t help but think what a privilege it would be to be a part of this community.”
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