COURTENY NAPOLI - Coach of the Month, July 2014
Courtney Napoli was honored by the management staff this past month as Wildfire’s “Coach of the Month” for July 2014. Courtney began coaching at Wildfire a year and a half ago and her attendance record was one the most stellar we had during that 18 month period of time. Rarely missing her own classes and subbing whenever she was available for others, made Courtney a valuable employee these past few months while coaches missed for school finals and vacations.
As this bio is being written, Courtney is on her way to the University of Kentucky where she will finish her junior and senior year in college as a kinesiology major, with plans to go on to grad school for athletic training or sports medicine. Courtney chose Kentucky for school after one summer when her family was on vacation in the east coast. They drove past the university, she asked if she could visit, and knew right away it would be her future home.
Courtney was born and raised in southern CA. Her mom did gymnastics and so did her older sister so she was destined to give the sport a try. Her extreme flexibility made her a natural. She was pretty strong too as bars was her favorite event. Courtney’s hard work earned her a spot on Wildfire’s competitive team. In 2005 she won the All Around and Floor Exercise titles at the Level 9 Westerns. Shortly thereafter, Courtney decided to take up track in high school and enjoyed running and pole vaulting. She held several other jobs during her teens and early twenties but coaching was her favorite. She truly enjoyed giving back to the sport and program that gave so much to her. She loved working with all ages but the 5 and 6 year olds were her favorite. She loved the things that they would tell her at the start of each class.
Courtney’s favorite food is spaghetti. She gets told almost once a day how much she and her sister (coach Kim) sound exactly alike. She likes to workout and stay in shape – after developing a love for life-long fitness through her years of strength and conditioning training in gymnastics. She loves to spend quiet time outside fishing. And when she wants to be a bit more rowdy, she gets a group of friends together to play volleyball at the beach. We look forward to vacations when Courtney will be back in CA and stop in to see her family and friends. She thinks it is funny that all the years she carpooled to workout from RSM to Tustin and when she is ready to leave, the new gym in Lake Forest opens just miles from her home. She wouldn’t trade any of it though. Some of her favorite memories were the times in the cars with the large carpool gang laughing and talking about practice and making plans for the fun outings they’d go on each winter at the Wildfire travel meets. “This sport gave me a second home – Wildfire – and it will always hold a special place in my heart.”