Team Manager/Coach: Alec Josephson Jr.
City: Spokane Valley
Team: Spokane Valley Composite
Why did you start coaching?
For multiple reasons. First, to give the youth of our community an alternative sustainable athletic activity, as biking is not a sport you outgrow–it’s an activity that can continue throughout one’s life. Second, to help bring more people to the wonderful sport of mountain biking. Third, to help create the future community of mountain biking and establish newfound social norms that brings the community closer, all while expanding it.
How long have you been involved?
Two full seasons and starting a third!!
What do you like best about it?
All of it! It does so many amazing things it’s hard to pick just one. I have seen growth in our riders, enhancing their lives. I have seen families grow tighter together, as parents are allowed to come participate as ride leaders. I have seen a plethora of friendships started. I have seen rival bike shops come together to help promote the League. I have seen a bike community shift in understanding how important this League really truly is, and the support start pouring in to create an amazing opportunity for years to come. How can you pick one of these? They are all amazing and on so many different levels!
What’s the hardest or most challenging part about it?
Not being able to quit my day job to do everything I can to make this a high quality program and see the tremendous growth here in Spokane. Spokane has a motto, “Near nature, near perfect”, and it is so very true! We have so many riding locations within 15 minutes there is no reason why school teams couldn’t practice and help promote their own regional trail networks. All of this coupled with the population that looks for outdoor activities the possible growth is flabbergasting.
Describe an inspiring moment for you:
When parents have told me that I have introduced their child to a sport and have helped shaped their life for the better! Almost brings tears to my eyes.
How has your involvement impacted you and/or the rest of your life?
I have adjusted my outlook on everything. I am constantly looking for ways to promote this activity and to be able to do this as full time as possible in the future. If it’s done through becoming a teacher to be more active with a youth, starting my own business, or any other pipe dream, I guarantee you I have thought about it, hahaha!
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