November 2020 Athlete of the Month
Maturity doesn’t mean age. It means sensitivity, manners and how you react.
Taking accountability, being responsible, listening to others; those are just a few of the qualities we look for in someone that comes to the BBC. I feel that those qualities are the most important, not only among teammates and building chemistry, but for being a very successful person in life. Derek Foley, our November Athlete of the Month, has literally possessed these qualities since he was 9 and joined our AAU team.
Derek Foley has always been mature beyond his years. Since day 1, he has always been inquisitive, always asking coaches about why he should be doing something. Not because he thought we were wrong, maybe a few times, but more because he really wanted to know why he was doing something. I have always admired that about him. Too many players act as robots and just accept that we know everything. That is not the case with Derek, he always wanted to know why and wasn’t afraid to ask. Derek always has a great demeanor about him as well; he is never too up or excited and never too low or depressed. He is always in control of his emotions and I think that not only has helped his own confidence but also the confidence of his teammates. One of the best qualities about Derek is he is always polite and vocal. The front desk has mentioned that he is always a true gentleman. For the past few months, Derek has been coming into the club independently after school to hit and workout as he prepares for next Spring. John Richardi, Derek’s aau coach stated, “Derek is a 5-tool young man, athletically, he can play all 9 positions and is a 3-sport athlete at Braintree High. As a human being, he is mature enough to handle just about anything. I could always rely on him to take charge if I was late, or worse, ejected from a game. Derek knows the rules of the games and often pointed things out to me when I was too slow to react and often I would run things by him during the game to ask his opinion. Derek always had a wonderful sense of humor, especially when the team needed to loosen up, he provided a pick me up. Most importantly, he is a leader. He is always composed, never frustrated. His teammates watch Derek and try and repeat what they can.”
This past summer Derek’s last game as a Bandit was a 2-1 loss in the playoffs to the Cardinals, a team that would go on and win the championship. I was there for Derek’s first and his last game in the Bandit uniform and I am so proud of the person he has developed into over the years. There is no doubt in my mind that no matter what Derek decides in the future, he will be very successful.
Thank you Derek for everything Coach Joyce