Interview with Reis Castro
Reis Castro qualified 4 times in a row with Brazilian women teams for the Olympics (Juliana/Larissa twice, Larissa/Talita and now Ana Patricia/Rebecca). That is a very difficult and quite amazing achievement. In this interview he talks about his coaching style and his development as a coach.
Let’s talk about your coaching style and philosophy first: What are the similarities and differences in leading Larissa/Juliana and now Ana Patricia/Rebecca to World Class top level?
I’m a big believer in respect. Respect
is the foundation I build on. Larissa/Juliana both have strong
personalities, they learned quickly to make decisions both on and off the court
making my work easier. My leadership role was focused on planning training
sessions and strategy.
With Rebecca/Ana Patricia I keep in mind that they are young athletes and that they have a long career ahead.
Despite their differences, my philosophy and strategy for both teams is the same, always teaching them to have the mindset of a champion.