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Heather Moody is the Head Water Polo Coach at St Francis High School, an all-girls Catholic high school in Sacramento, CA. She brings an international resume to the Troubadour program both as a player and a coach.

She is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning a Silver Medal at the 2000 Games and captained the U.S. to a Bronze Medal finish in 2004. Moody also led the Americans to gold medals at the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona and at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.

Following her playing career, she served on the United States coaching staff as an assistant for the 2008 Olympic team, helping lead the team to a Silver Medal in Beijing, and on the Gold Medal-winning staff in 2012 in London.


We met up with her recently to discuss how her first season with SportsLeader went.

As we walked through all four pillars of virtue, mentoring, ceremony and Catholic Identity, how she integrated mentoring was very creative.

She called her mentoring sessions “Mentoring Minute” or “M&M’s”.

After each mentoring session she would offer her players some M&M’s … a great way to help the girls associate their talks in a positive and fun way.

The image of the M&M’s helped her and the girls think about mentoring, what they could talk about next, what they shared in the past and how it could build up the team.

What creative twist can you bring to your integration of SportsLeader?

May God bless you.

Virtue = Strength