Rita Higginbotham, also known as Coach Rita, is currently the
staff member of the year in 2012.
A: “I’ve been at the W for 32 years. I started as a coach for basketball and softball. I then coached softball for about 22 years until the tornado came through in 2002, and the athletic program was dropped. That’s when I decided to go for strictly intramural activities.”
A: “I’ve always had a passion for collegiate sports and recreation, and I love to help students succeed in them.”
A: “The intramural program is one of the best ways to get involved and meet new people. An athletic program might not be for everyone, but in intramurals we try to set up just for fun, even though it is competitive. You might not earn an athletic scholarship, but you might win a T-shirt, and you will socialize and play with people that also like sports. And you get to be physically fit.”
A: “Yes, but we try to stress the importance of having fun.”
A: “It could be great, if we have the budget to do so. A lot of people don’t realize how much it costs to run an athletic program. It can be very, very expensive, and that is probably my biggest concern. Do we really have the budget to put into it to do it the correct way? If you don’t do it the correct way then you are kind of getting coaches that are not top quality. Running the program is an expensive process. Also, if it happens, what do you have for the rest of the student body? Do they just watch? Campus recreation would have to stay the way it is for the rest of the students.”