The Corner, Featuring Noah Allred

Jan 27, 2020

Player Name: Noah Allred

Year in School: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Name of School: Bishop McGuinness Catholic (NC)

Brief bio/summary from coach about player: 

Noah has only scratched the surface of the player he is capable of becoming.  He possesses a very unique skill set- with his size and ability to score at all 3 levels, Noah is a tough match up.  He is able to score with his back to the basket, facing up from mid-range, as well as from the 3 pt line. Noah is learning what it will take in order to raise his game to the next level. He is becoming more confident, more vocal, and more active on both ends of the floor.

Let’s Hear From Noah

What has helped you develop the leadership mindset you have today?  Coming to Bishop McGuinness and being pushed by Coach Thompson

How do you think improving as a leader has helped you become a better athlete/player?  It’s helped me get closer with my teammates and learn more about life in general.

How do you think improving as a leader has helped your team?  Its forced other people to step up and see that its okay to get out of your comfort zone.

Was there a moment where you recall “turning the corner” and realizing you had to take the next step as a leader?  Yes, in the fall when one of our best players tore his ACL. I knew I had to step up.

What do you different now that you may not have done in the past as a leader? Talk on defense, play harder, communicate with teammates and coaches

How do others view Noah’s leadership growth?

Parent or teammate statements about player’s leadership growth:  

“Noah was less outgoing in practice but Lead ‘Em Up has made him much more vocal.” – Teammate Thomas Markun

“We have seen a ton of growth in Noah this year.  One thing that stands out to me, as in the past, Noah was focused on his game and his performance.  If he was not playing well, he would internalize it during the game, and sometimes not give his all.  This year, he understands it is not just about him. Not giving your all means letting your team, and your coaches, down.  He knows it takes the whole team to win the game.  Someone else’s successes are not his losses.  Playing a support role is just as important as being the leading shooter.  All those pieces are clicking – we see it in his behavior on and off the court, and with his teammates.”
– Father Mike Allred

Coach statement on player’s leadership growth:

When Noah began with us, I think he internalized a lot of his thoughts and feelings.  In turn, some of that turned to negativity which became detrimental to himself and eventually our team.  Through his maturation and leadership growth, Noah has grown exponentially in how he handles frustration and adversity.  I’ve witnessed him be able to think through situations and effectively express his emotions in a way that allows progress for him as an individual and as a result, our team.  I’m excited to see where Noah goes from here.  ~Coach Josh Thompson

How has Lead ‘Em Up has impacted your program?

Lead Em Up has been invaluable to our program.  Above all, its taught our players some life skills that I hope/pray they will carry with them into their lives as men.  Skills such as eye contact, firm handshakes, and grace/truth in conversations are essential for success and Lead ‘Em Up specifically targets these (among others).  Team and sport wise, the exercises have fostered growth among our team chemistry, relationships have grown, and we have learned more about one another (both coach to coach AND coach to player) which has led to a stronger team.  It is a neat thing to be able to genuinely SEE the growth that our young men have shown both individually and as a team as a result of Lead ‘Em Up. ~Coach Josh Thompson


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