Coach Eric Cummings was recently named the South Carolina high school girls cross country Coach of the Year (Congrats Eric!). Here is how he uses Celly:
My name is Eric J. Cummings – I’m the Head Boys & Girls Cross Country Coach and Head Girls Track & Field Coach at Riverside High School in Greer, SC. I have been teaching for 18 years in the state of SC. The Riverside HS Boys and Girls CC teams won the 4A State Championships this past fall (the girls have won back to back titles). I also have 3 sons (12,10,8) who all play different sports, that I coach.
How do you use Celly with your sports teams and clubs?
I am starting my 3rd year using Celly with my High School teams. I originally started using it to inform the parents when we were 30 minutes out from a return trip. We found that we could easily send messages about rain outs and updates on performances without being at a computer. All of our team meetings, weather warnings, pick-ups, etc are done through Celly. We have given team captains curator status to send group messages out for us as well.
I have used Celly with my rec teams (baseball, soccer, and basketball) as well as our USATF Club team. Again, keeping the parents updated makes our job as coaches so much easier.
How has Celly changed your team communication? Were there any unexpected benefits or fun surprises?
Team communication is soo much easier. Originally we wanted to use it to be sure we did not have to wait on parents after we returned from trips. Then we found that we could keep parents updated throughout meets with results and photos. The first season, the kids and parents took some getting use to, but now that is the first thing they ask for at parent meetings.
What other emerging methods or edtech tools are you using that have made a big impact on or off the field?
Our programs at Riverside HS use our district Athletic Pages, Face Book, Twitter and Instagram as well as Celly. Keeping the parents informed is the KEY to any successful program. It also allows the coaches to coach!
What’s your favorite professional sports team?
I am a die hard New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills fan! I grew up in Buffalo, NY and the Bills were everything to the people of Buffalo. My grandma never missed watching or listening to a Yankees game, even now in Tennessee she still listens to them each and every night.