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Stephens supplies support for the lacrosse team

Jessica Stephens divides her day in her roles of teacher, coach and mother.

Mattie Cash, Staff Writer

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Jessica Stephens, 9th grade biology teacher, has coached the lacrosse team for two years now and it is her ninth year coaching  high school sports.

Prior to coaching at Ola, Stephens did not have a background in lacrosee, but she did have prior coaching experience.

“My strength is not in lacrosse itself, but how to condition athletes both physically and mentally for the demands of their competition. Coach Stowers is the brain behind the game,” Stephens said.

Braelyn Yates, sophomore, has been involved with the lacrosse team for two years.

“Without Coach Stephens, we would not have a lot of our extra necessities and we would not be as prepared,” Yates said.

Stephens brings positivity and encouragement to the team as well as motivation to keep the girls from giving up when things get rough.

In addition to coaching lacrosse, she is also a teacher and the mother of two girls. Managing time for Stephens is quite difficult.

“It is not an equal balance by any means.  Teaching always takes priority, after all it is why I am here.  Then I am able to tackle the demands of coaching.  During season, the family really has to pull together to make daily life work.  I am lucky in this respect,” Stephens said.

Because of the help of Stephens, the players are prepared for any situation, on and off of the field.

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