Spotlight on Noble Coaching Leaders: Stanley Antoine (Noble Street College Prep)

Spotlight on Noble Coaching Leaders

Stanley Antoine

Head Volleyball Coach

Noble Street College Prep

 

“I know firsthand the impact that athletics, fitness, and sportsmanship can have on a young person's life. The values and lessons students learn from their brief sports careers will stay with them forever.”  - Stanley Antoine

 

Chicago, IL:  Coach Stanley Antoine has set the bar for comprehensive program excellence in the Noble Athletic Conference.  His Golden Tiger volleyball teams have won five NAC championships in seven seasons, putting Noble Street volleyball second on the all-time list for NAC titles. 

But as great coaches often do, Coach Antoine believes in the education of sport over the end result.  The cornerstones of the NAC Foundations of Excellence at Intentional Sportsmanship and Coaching Professionalism, traits that Coach Antoine and his teams have displayed since his arrival.  His teams are a sportsmanship exemplar in victory and defeat, and his humility and professionalism are second to none.

Coach Antoine was the obvious choice for the first edition of Spotlight on Noble Coaching Leaders

Occupation: Learning Specialist at Noble Street College Prep

Years at Noble:  7

Previous Coaching Experience:  Evanston Volleyball, Convoy Volleyball Club, Energy Volleyball Club

Previous Playing Experience:  Evanston High School and Cardinal Stritch University

Coaching Achievements:  5 NAC Championships, 2 IHSA Regional Championships

Playing Achievements: High School- Football 2003 All-Conference, 2003 all-area; Track 2001 All-Conference; Volleyball 2002, 2003 All-Conference, 2003 All-Area, 2003 2nd Team All-State. 2003 ETHS Athlete of the Year

College- 2004 MAMVIC All-Conference; 2005 MAMVIC All-conference; 2006 MAMVIC All-Conference, NAIA All-American, 2006 Defensive Player of the Year; 2007 MAMVIC All-Conference, NAIA All-American, 2007 Defensive Player of the Year

Why do you coach?

I coach because I know firsthand the impact that athletics, fitness, and sportsmanship can have on a young person's life. The values and lessons students learn from their brief sports careers will stay with them forever.

What is unique about coaching at Noble?

Something unique about coaching at Noble is the Noble Pride. Every campus roots for their campus but also roots for the Noble Athletic Conference! We have an amazing community and genuinely celebrate other school's success like Rowe-Clark Rugby's State Championship. Go Masai Lions!

What is your favorite coaching memory at Noble Street College Prep?

There are so many amazing memories I have while coaching at Noble; it's difficult to choose just one. My favorite Noble Street volleyball memory was our first Team Night trip to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It started a long tradition of Team Night events taking us to Michigan, Indiana, Marquette, St. Xavier, etc. However, the very first trip was super important to me. That trip really set the standard on how our program values relationships, community, and family.

Who is your coaching idol or mentor and why?

Christopher Livatino, the current Athletic Director at Evanston Township High School, was my high school volleyball coach. Coach Livatino had so much passion, and it showed every single day. He taught me to enjoy the process, to enjoy growing and improving. He spent much more time teaching us how to be better humans than better volleyball players. The only awards Coach Livatino handed out were called "E" Awards, and the "E" stood for effort. Coach Livatino showed me that there's more to a successful season and program than wins and losses. He honestly changed my life.

What do you want former players to remember about being a part of your program?

I want our Noble Street Volleyball alum to remember that they have the courage to focus on the things that they can control. I hope they remember to always set their attention and energy on the Next Play.

What practice tips do you have for other coaches?

Practice should be a perfect balance between Focus and Fun. Your practice should be structured, challenging, and have very specific objectives, but if your athletes don't want to attend practice, you'll have a problem. If you as a coach don't want to attend practice, you'll have a bigger problem.

What time management tips do you have for other coaches?

I'm the worst person to ask about time management tips. However, I do have a 3-point plan that helps me do my job well:

1.     Trust your coaching staff and delegate duties. I'm blessed to work with Coach Laura Byrnes who takes on a ton and keeps us sane.

2.     Create systems and procedures for equipment set-up, reporting scores, scoring refs, etc. The systems should be clear enough that players and managers can execute them as well.

3.     Do the things you dislike first! If you keep avoiding those tasks, you'll never get them done.

What have been your focus areas for personal growth and development?

It's important to be a life-long learner as a coach. Our sports are always evolving, so it's essential to keep up with the advances. So every year we have new areas of growth. This year we'll be looking to use data and stats to inform decisions. Too often, we use anecdotal information for guidance or have a "gut feeling," but we want to use stats earlier for that guidance.

What is your favorite quote?

"If you think you CAN do a thing or think you CAN'T do a thing, you are right."  - Henry Ford