ACE Award Recipients

Posted on May 25, 2016

Co-Male Athlete of the Year: Jessie Martinez
Sports: Football and Wrestling

1) Who served as your role model in sports? Why?
My older brother has always served as a role model to me. Much of the programs and actions I have taken my life were because he took them first. It’s the same thing with achievements; after he got them, I aspired to do the same. When my brother became a sophomore on varsity football, when he became a CIF wrestling qualifier, when he was named to the all-conference football team, or even when he himself was awarded with this athlete of the year award, I aspired to do the same. With this ACE Award I finally close that chapter by saying that I have proudly followed in my brother’s footsteps accomplishing every single one of those things, and I thank him for setting the bar so high.

2) What are the most important leadership qualities that you possess?
The most important leadership quality is leading by example, and that is achieved through a person’s hard work. Hard work beats skill when skill does not work hard, and a leader should want to spread this kind of mentality through his or her team. Once someone is seen with some kind of authority, like a captain, everybody else wants to adopt it as well; it becomes contagious.

3) What are some obstacles you have faced in your athletic career?
My freshman year I tore six ligaments in my right ankle putting me out of sports for about six months. All the weight I gained and muscle I lost put me behind even more from already being an under-qualified and inexperienced wrestler compared to the people that I was soon to face. Luckily, I was able to bounce back. But before I lost that weight, I played a full sophomore football season as a starting varsity offensive guard at 5’3. That was tough.

4) What advice would you give to your freshman self?
Be more aware of the actions you take. I had way too many injuries these last four years. If you feel like you can push through and do something more, do not let anyone tell you otherwise; only you know your true self. Listening to others’ opinions put me back a bit. On the other hand, if someone believes in you, it is for a reason, so listen to them. In reality, though, I would not change anything. I am happy with how things turned out.

 

Coach of the Year: Dave Beard
Wrestling Head Coach

1) What are the most important qualities for being a good coach?
You need to be able to hold the kids accountable during practice and games. Aside from what they do in the sport, as a coach, I also need to be aware of what possibly is going on at home and if we can help.

2) What are some of the obstacles you have faced through your years of coaching?
A large part has been lack of support from people not wanting to help out. Also ,having some tough kids, and kids who show promise but were not really committed yet to the program. Dealing with scheduling around the kids’ lives and other programs as well as really taking ownership with the program. Lastly, honoring these kids.

3) As a coach, how have you improved through the years?
Well, this is the second time I have won this award, and since then I have been able to have more of an understanding of the kids and where I can see this program’s going. I was also awarded the outstanding teachers award given to one teacher per year in the district this year. I have also been able to manage our time together wisely and more efficiently, understanding that it is more like a marathon than a sprint. We can not expect our athletes to learn right away. We need to be patient and willing to teach them properly, especially in a sport like this.

4) What is your fondest memory of coaching and why?
I tell the kids all the time, it is actually driving them to the tournaments. In these moments I get the opportunity to really know them and their families. I think that is  the best part of being a coach, and it is a really important part to creating a relationship with the players and getting to know them.

Female Athlete of the Year: Jennifer Frasco
Sport: Volleyball

1) Who served as your role model in sports? Why?
Jessie was my role model because he was equally or even more driven than I was to achieve something in our sports. I did not follow famous athletes as much. He was the one that taught me to be more confident. Most of my accomplishments could not have been done without him pushing me and I fed off the skills that he possessed.

2) What are the most important leadership qualities that you possess?
I believe the two most important leadership qualities I possess are communication and confidence. Having a group or team looking up to you, you must know how to talk to them and have pride in what you are. The rest of the players feed off of everything a leader does so having a good attitude and being outgoing is important.

3) What are some obstacles you have faced in your athletic career?
An obstacle I faced in my athletic career would have to have been wanting to quit volleyball after my sophomore season. It was a tough season and in my head I was telling myself I could not do it. I did not know what to do because I had grown a love for volleyball, but my body just gave out on me. It was a hard decision I had to make, but I ended up choosing volleyball and I don’t regret anything.

4) What advice would you give to your freshman self?
I would tell my freshman self to not be so scared and just go out there and show people who you are. Had I been more confident, my volleyball career would have excelled a lot quicker. I would add on that no one could bring me down because I was too worried about what people thought, but now it’s all different.

Co-Male Athlete of the Year: Geraldy Martinez
Sports: Football and Wrestling

1) Who served as your role model in sports? Why?
I do not really have anyone that I strive to be like; there is no one I model myself after. However, there are people that motivate me to do better and succeed in what I do. That is pretty much my whole family. They are always there supporting me, attending every single event, and cheering me on. My brothers and I have always participated in the same sports so it is kind of just some sibling rivalry always going on to see who can have bragging rights in the end.
2) What are the most important leadership qualities that you possess?
The most important leadership qualities to me would have to be being able to inspire and motivate people not only through words but through actions. Leading by example. No good leader should just sit around barking orders. A good leader needs to get involved and do more than he or she expects their teammates to do and I believe that I do have that quality.

3) What are some obstacles you have faced in your athletic career?
A big obstacle that I’ve faced in the last couple of years is just being physically capable of competing. I’ve been fighting constant knee and hip pain on both sides, sometimes to the point that I can’t walk. That along with the other aches and pains any athlete faces would have made it so easy to quit, but I did not and it was extremely difficult dealing with the injuries.

4) What advice would you give to your freshman self?
If I had to tell my freshman self anything it would be not to worry about what anyone else is doing and just work your hardest at every practice, game or match. Even when you think you are doing your best, push yourself just a little more. I have not done badly throughout my athletic career here at Hoover, but I know I could have done better. There are moments I look back and regret not pushing myself just a little bit more.

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