This year the fine folks of Washington state named long time Puget Sound area roller derby staple Hollywood as their coach of the year. Along with coaching the Trampires of the Dockyard Derby Dames, Chuck also coached Antagonist Roller Derby to a 2nd place finish in the USARS regional held here in Seattle and a 3rd place finish at the USARS championship tournament in Tulsa.
I first met Chuck on an airplane heading to Tuscon in 2007. Our first conversation had him giving me a McGriddle and asking me about the Oly Rollers (who I had seen play their first bout ever the week before in Bend, OR). Ever since then I've always loved picking his brain about derby both before, during (halftime) and after bouts. He was also the first to really encourage me to get into coaching derby and gave me my first gig when he handed the Trampires over to me for a night in 2009. So if you ever want to point fingers at someone for me getting more into coaching and leaving writing behind for the most part, you can start with Chuck since he was the arsonist that lit that fire in me.
Anyway, it was awesome seeing Chuck get all those votes as they came in this year! Here is what a couple of the people who voted for him had to say...
"This guy knows how to motivate a team. I skate longer, hit harder, improved my form and amplified my gameplay after being coached by this guy on Antagonist." - Anonymous
"He put his whole heart into coaching this team, a lot of people *say* they have their whole heart in derby but Chuck’s one person I know who’s truly done it, which is the exact reason he doesn’t have to say it. He knows how to push us to keep skating when we feel like we want to throw up, our legs are burning or our feet are on fire, but in a way that makes us feel awesome about our skating, getting us excited, motivated, and inspired to push ourselves through anything to that next level, and has gotten multiple skaters hearts back into sport, because he believes in his team and his skaters. Without Chuck as a coach ARD wouldn’t have been able to become the dream team that we did this season. I am VERY happy and grateful to have been able to be given the opportunity to be coached by someone so determined, dedicated, and inspiring." - Lilly Lightning
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