Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
This year, I’ve frequently alluded to the fact that I have a strong staff of coaches on whom I significantly rely to help lead the rehearsal process, trips, and clubs. I’d like to focus now on my right-hand men, Scott Richter and Billy Watson. Both graduated from JH the same year (‘07), and both are equally strong leaders with complementary areas of expertise: Scott is a master choreographer, character performer and creative juggler, and Billy is a master technical juggler/coach and disciplinarian toward the goal of reaching new heights of juggling (and personal) excellence. Both go out of their way to develop meaningful relationships with as many of our students as possible. While I value their work here beyond words, they’re proving to be more prototypical coaches than necessarily mainstays for the long haul: at present, Scott is also working in the Minnetonka School District as a paraprofessional focusing on children with special needs, with plans to discontinue regular JH coaching after this summer; Billy has already begun the process of applying to out-of-state law schools with a target admissions date of Sept. 2011.
What does that mean for JH’s future? It means that we may experience a cycle of coaches moving through the college-age/career-development years, perhaps enjoying any given weekly coach no more than a handful of years each. With this reality, please remember to fully appreciate our young men who have dedicated themselves for the betterment of our youth and this company, and remember how Coaches Scott & Billy serve as role models for any and all coaches who may follow in their footsteps.
In 2007, Scott became my first-ever graduate-coach. My gratitude for him is reflected in this recent email: “Thank you, Scott, for all you’ve done...I believe you’ve laid up treasures in Heaven through your faithful service to the kids, the company, and Wendy & me, and I’ll be eternally grateful for you stepping in the gap of my professional needs and being in the difficult position of being an authority source alongside (and in Elite’s case, instead of) me. You’re a pioneer, and I trust that God will pave the way for you to be a pioneer as a performer and a educator as well.” JH is a special place; Coaches Scott Richter and Billy Watson are a huge part of that.