An Iowa high school music teacher is hoping to hit the right notes as coach of the boys’ basketball team.
The DES MOINES REGISTER has the story of Michelle Brock, band director for Paton-Churdan High School (enrollment: 41) , and leader of the boys’ varsity squad. And if that’s not enough, she also takes time to sing the national anthem before games.
This is Brock’s first season at the helm, only a year removed from graduating from Buena Vista University. So far, Paton-Churdan is 3-8 - which doesn’t sound encouraging, until you learn that the Rockets have already matched their win total from last year.
How do the students and locals feel about a young woman in charge of a boys’ team?
Apparently, they’re alright with it. Principal Leonard Griffith says, “Kids and parents both recognize when somebody’s trying hard and really does care,” adding, “The boys respect her. Parents respect her. It was an easy choice.”
Senior co-captain Matthew Fay is happy to take direction from Michelle: “She loves the game, and she’s what we need here.”
Brock also feels no concern when it comes to gender issues: “It takes the right personality to coach boys. They tell me all the time that I’m not a girl. The girls tell me I’m not a girl. That’s a compliment to me.”
We’re sure Gloria Steinem loves to hear that.