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Rehbaum one step closer to achieving her dream

by Andrew Hyman-THE STYLUS
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 10:00 pm
Photos courtesy of the Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
Photos courtesy of the Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr

 On the court, she was known for her leadership and prowess. Her stats weren't too shabby either.

But now, as she looks to life outside of a Golden Eagles uniform, Hannah Rehbaum is shooting for more than just an off-the-glass jumper. This time around, the Cheektowaga native who is completing her last semester for an Education degree wants to be a coach.

You read that right, she wants to call the plays, not just execute them.

Coaching is nothing new to the Rehbaum family, as Rehbaum's mom, Kara, was a women's basketball coach at both the Division One and Division III levels and has been inducted into the Canisius College Hall of Fame on two separate occasions as she was an All-American player for the Golden Griffins and was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach Of the Year in 1994.

According to Rehbaum, it was watching her Mom at work that sparked her own love for the game.

"(I) just fell in love with the game of basketball," Rehbaum said. "After watching her for all those years I really started to learn a lot about the game and decided I wanted to be just like her when I got older."

Rehbaum's goal to be a college coach came one step closer earlier this year  when she was chosen to be a member of The Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want To Be A Coach" class of 2017. The program selects women from across all three NCAA division classifications to participate.  

The goal of the program is to increase understanding and awareness of the necessary tools and skills to make it in the coaching field. For this class, Rehbaum was among one of only 60 women to be selected.

After attending the program at the end of March in Dallas, Texas, Rehbaum gained a new perspective into the life of a player and coach in a higher division.   

"I met a lot of young women that played at the higher level and said that they didn't enjoy it all four years," Rehbaum said. "I found this extremely difficult to understand because I loved my years of college ball. So staying at the DIII level I would be coaching young ladies that truly want to be there and work hard every day to be successful."

The DIII level may be where Rehbaum wishes to influence young, upstart minds on the court, but for now she's helping to influence minds in the classroom as she is currently teaching students in the city of Rochester. While students may not be learning the ways of the hardwood, Rehbaum feels her teaching skills will correlate well with coaching.

"To just understand my own teaching philosophy and knowing how to relate to various groups of people gives me an edge," Rehbaum said. "I see how much it takes to go into a good lesson which correlates to have a good practice or game plan."

For now, she's finishing off her final weeks as an undergrad and is looking to further her academic career. Her goal is to get her master's in athletic administration. She also hopes to possibly work as a graduate assistant for a basketball program to continue to stay close to the game she loves most.

"The best way to keep moving forward with my goals is just to keep learning. I have a ton to learn about coaching and I am very open minded to different styles and philosophies," Rehbaum said.


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