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October 26, 2023

Girls basketball workout program reps success within team

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Sohana Singh
Coppell girls basketball team works out in the CHS weight room on Wednesday. A new workout program had been established for the Coppell girls basketball team to improve strength and stamina.

On Wednesday afternoons, you can find the Coppell girls basketball team in the weight room, while loud music and encouragement fill the room.

With the help of assistant Willis Tran, the Cowgirls have developed a rigorous workout program to train the bodies of its athletes. The program’s goal is to build overall strength for better defensive and offensive play.

“With anything you look at, you have to look at what they need,” Tran said. “For a lot of sports, it’s all about rate of force production. Your rate of force production is predicated on your total strength, so the things that we really focus on are rate of force production, and quality of movement.”

Coppell assistant coach Willis Tran guides senior guard Nevaeh Watson in training on Wednesday. A new workout program had been established for the Coppell girls basketball team to improve strength and stamina. (Sohana Singh)

Tran said physical training helps to build skills that can be practically applied to the game. 

“We want to be able to move in all planes of motion, so our training really reflects our needs on the court,” Tran said.

The impact of the weight lifting program is seen on the court. 

“In games, you can tell we wear other teams down much more quickly because we’re much stronger, and they get physically exhausted,” junior guard Landry Sherrer said. “That’s a big tribute to the weight room.”

For junior forward Paige Slater, the workout program improves her strength on and off the court.

“When I came in freshman year I was not strong at all, but I was pushed to improve by everyone bringing each other up,” Slater said. “Now, I can bench 130, which for me is a lot because as a soccer player as well I never thought I’d be able to bench.”

In addition to basketball skills, the workout program aids in general fitness and ability. 

“My hope is that they will take care of themselves from here on out, and they’ll be proficient enough to go into a gym and know what they want to do,” Tran said. “It’s a true life skill that they’ll hopefully carry on forever.”

Coppell freshman guard Ashley Hall lifts in the CHS weight room on Wednesday. A new workout program had been established for the Coppell girls basketball team to improve strength and stamina. (Sohana Singh)

The program establishes an environment in the weight room where everyone can do their best.

“Tran plays music and dances with us; it’s all a fun environment that makes you want to be there, even if you’re up at 6:00 in the morning,” Slater said. “Tran is like our friend in the weight room, and it’s a lot better for us than just being a coach.”

The program has helped to strengthen not only the athletes’ bodies, but also their team bonds.

“I know that my teammates are going to be there and that they are going to push me to be better,” Slater said. “A big part of this has been trusting each other, and we’ve become stronger both physically and mentally together.”

The program has gained prominence on social media, with videos being posted on @coach_tran’s account on Instagram. This social media presence only adds to the notability of the program.

“Everyone hears about the weight room when they hear about Coppell girls basketball,” Sherrer said. “If you’re coming into the program as a young player, you want to work in the weight room.”

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Sohana Singh, Staff Photographer
Sohana Singh is a junior and a staff photographer for The Sidekick. She participates in robotics as a member of Technology Student Association at Coppell High School and plays the french horn for the Coppell Community Orchestra. Her favorite foods include sushi and Thai tea. Her favorite show is “Cowboy Bebop”, an anime series, while her favorite movie is “Inception”, though she had to watch it twice to understand. She enjoys reading classics, including Oliver Twist, Little Women, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In her free time, she loves to skateboard, play the piano, and play video games. She enjoys listening to indie music, specifically by Arctic Monkeys and Saint Motel. Sohana has traveled to many interesting places, including Alaska, Spain, and Greece. She loves to sightsee and take pictures. In the future, she hopes to pursue engineering with interests in creating and innovating. She especially enjoys learning about how things work. Through being a staff member of The Sidekick, she hopes to explore her interests and grow as a journalist. You can contact Sohana at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @sohana_4841.

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    Caressa HallFeb 8, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    Freshman Ashley Hall, not sophomore HC Harding. HC is strong! Thats just not her in the photo.

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      adviserFeb 9, 2024 at 8:46 am

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We apologize for the error and it has been corrected.

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