Isaiah Waire ’19 knows a lot about basketball. He’s played it since forever. Worked at it. Loved it. And his dedication and talent earned him every minute on the court as a player for Quaker basketball. As a senior, though, he’s had to look at what’s next.
For Waire, that means a spot in the coaching box. He knows how much work that takes as well, and he’s not wasting time getting started.
In the summer before his senior year, Waire interned in Indianapolis with Phil Washington, coach of a semiprofessional basketball team and an elite eighth grade travel club. The internship was funded through the EPIC Advantage.
“Throughout the internship, I studied a lot of sports psychology,” Waire says. “I was able to apply it, break down the theories, and see it at work firsthand.”
Waire says part of the reason that he is drawn to the game of basketball is because he is a highly competitive person.
“From this experience, I’ve developed a passion for sports psychology, and I want to learn as much as I can to give a competitive edge to the teams and players that I’ll eventually be coaching,” he says. “I also started learning the ins and outs of coaching.
“Throughout the internship I increased my knowledge of sports psychology by applying it and seeing it firsthand. I was able to break down the theories and see how they actually work with high-level athletes.”
Waire says basketball has played an important role in his life.
“I can’t remember a time when I haven’t loved basketball,” he says. “Going to the gym for practice and games was a release from problems outside the world. It helped me build confidence in myself. It’s a weird feeling knowing your time to be done playing is about to be here.”
This year, his time with his teammates will be extended no matter how the Quakers do in the postseason. They will take a team trip to South Africa for May Term.
“I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can while in beautiful South Africa,” he says.
Waire plans to continue to study sports psychology in graduate school before pursuing a career as a basketball coach.