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Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro girls basketball coach Carl Singer

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro girls basketball coach Carl Singer


Streetsboro girls basketball head coach Carl Singer reacts after cutting down the net on Wednesday night in celebration of his team’s league championship.
Pauline Dierkens/Portage Sports

By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


“Getting to Know” is a standard Portage Sports feature created to spotlight the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Today, we get to know Streetsboro High School wrestling coach Carl Singer, who is in his ninth season leading the Rockets.


Q: Hometown?

A: Defiance, Ohio.



Q: High school?

A: Fairview High School. Class of 2003. Played golf, basketball and baseball.



Q: College?

A: Kent State University. Class of 2007. Degree in secondary mathematics (grades 7 through 12).



Q: Current occupation?

A: Seventh grade math teacher at Streetsboro Middle School.



Q: What inspired you to be a coach?

A: Even when I was young, I enjoyed making up teams with professional players and playing out games and situations by myself in the driveway. Obviously, I enjoyed the playing part, but I liked making up the teams and situations just as much.



Q: What makes being a coach at Streetsboro special to you?

A: When I look at how the program has grown, it makes me very proud of what we have done. I have had a lot of help along the way, but taking the worst girls basketball program in Portage County history and seeing where we are now is a great accomplishment that so many have contributed to. Being that I work here, coach here, live here and my kids go here, I take a lot of pride in successes in the community that I can contribute to.



Q: Who has been your biggest influence?

A: Everybody that I have coached with, especially here at Streetsboro, has taught me something. I have also learned a lot from our boys coach, Nick Marcini, as he has given me advice on many different things. My biggest influence, though, are my kids. I want to do the best that I can so they can see me do something I love and be proud of how hard I work to do a good job.



Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your playing days?

A: When our coach walked in at halftime of a game and asked the team how we thought we were playing, I used an inappropriate word to describe our play. While he agreed, he told me I still had 50 pushups for my language that I decided to do before we came out for the second half.



Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your coaching career?

A: Early on in coaching at Streetsboro, we were playing a game at Springfield, and I was very unhappy with how we were playing. I am watching the clock as the buzzer sounds, and I stormed off the court into the locker room and start pacing around thinking about what I was going to say to get our girls to wake up. I continued to pace for another minute or two, but nobody came in the locker. Now I was really mad, wondering what was going on, so I walked back into the gym only to realize that it was the end of the first quarter and it was not halftime yet. I laughed and at that point just told the girls they are lucky to have another quarter to play until halftime.



Q: Favorite TV show?

A: There are a lot but 24 and How I Met Your Mother stand out.



Q: Favorite movie?

A: Again, there are a lot, but I always say Tommy Boy. As a basketball coach, Hoosiers is up there, too!



Q: Favorite musical artist?

A: I don’t listen to a ton of music, but 80’s is always good.



Q: Favorite food/meal?

A: Crab legs.



Q: Best vacation?

A: Hawaii was an amazing vacation and taking my kids to Disney this past summer was great.



Q:  Favorite motto?

A: Life is too short to not be happy!



Q: Describe your coaching philosophy?

A: I think coaching all starts with the ability to inspire others to be their best. Leading by using fear can definitely be motivating but I think that has its limit. But if the players are inspired to be their best, there is no limit. As far as the Xs and Os, at the high-school level, I think the most successful programs adapt their strategy to the personnel they have and not go with the one size fits all approach.



Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: Winking Lizard.



Q: Favorite teacher from high school?

A: Mr. Shininger.



Q: Advice you would give the younger version of you?

A: In general, just appreciate everything you have. In terms of coaching, I would tell myself to find good mentors to learn from so I would have known a lot more than I did when I started being a head coach.



Q: Favorite coach from your playing days?

A: My middle-school coach was great. He got us to play really hard all the time and believe in how good we were.



Q: Coaching resume?

A: I started as the freshman girls coach at Bedford in 2007. Then I got promoted and was the JV girls coach from 2008-2012. I did one season as the jv boys basketball coach at Bedford before I got the job at Streetsboro. I have been the head coach at Streetsboro since the 15-16 season.



Q: Favorite sports team?

A: I am an Indianapolis Colts fan and a fan of the college football national champion Michigan Wolverines.



Q: Favorite athlete then?

A: Michael Jordan.



Q: Favorite athlete now?

A: Caitlin Clark.



Q: First job as a teenager?

A: My first real job was at a factory.



Q: Family member that always gave you the best advice?

A: My dad always made it a point that if I was going to do something, to do it right.



Q: Halloween costume last year?

A: Anytime I get asked when I am walking around with my kids, my response is that I am a basketball coach.



Q: Favorite video game (then or now)?

A: Many of these, as well, but Madden and college football were always a yearly purchase.



Q: Favorite candy?

A: Sour Patch Kids.



Q: First car?

A: Ford Taurus.



Q: Best friend(s)?

A: My wife, of course.



Q: Most memorable moment as a player?

A: Nothing like hitting a game-winner, and even though it was in eighth grade, that is one I won’t forget.



Q: Most memorable moment as a coach?

A: Every year when I talk to the seniors and make sure they know how much they have meant to me and our program.

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