Coaching Teachers


Staff Writer


  There are many teachers at Pinewood School who are also coaches for some of the sports teams. For example, AP Physics teacher Yong-Chan Kim extends his instruction outside of the classroom, coaching the high school football team. Another example is Spanish teacher José Luis Orduña, who also coaches most soccer teams and a volleyball team. Kim attended Gunn high school where he played offensive guard and defensive end on the varsity football team. Kim has enjoyed football from an early age and his infectious love for the game spreads to each panther. Next year, Kim is expected to assume the position of head coach for the high school football team. Although being a coach and a teacher simultaneously might be daunting, Kim dives into both without hesitation. He says that it is a decision he wishes that he had made sooner.

  In addition to Kim, Orduña coaches the girls junior high soccer team, and assists the girls varsity soccer team, the boys junior high soccer team, and the girls junior high volleyball team. Orduña was the goalkeeper on his junior high soccer team for three years and continued to play soccer for one year in high school. He was forced to stop playing in high school because of knee injuries.

  “I kept injuring my knees, so I could not keep the injuries from recurring so my doctor told me to stop playing,” Orduña said.

  Despite his knee injuries, his passion for soccer persists as he passes on his experiences onto his players.

  “I love soccer. I’m a fan of the sport and I love watching the professional games. Basically, I want to keep being involved with soccer and coaching is really a fun way to keep an interest in the game,” Orduña said.

  Orduña seems to be taking on a big task by coaching all of these teams and teaching high school Spanish classes.

  “It takes a lot of time away from my prep periods, so I really have to be organized and I have to plan ahead so that I use my time wisely. Otherwise, I will start falling behind in the planning for my teaching,” stated Orduña.

  Spending large portions of time with his students in the classroom and on the field allows him to understand them better and get a sense of who they are.

  “I get to see them outside being involved physically and inside how they are different academically. It really helps me see the students as well rounded students and a little bit deeper into what their personalities are like,” said Orduña on this topic.

  It is obvious that Orduña and Kim both have had a sincere passion for the sport they coach from an early age and try to pass on their experience and love for the game to their players.