Community Spotlight: Michael Becker

Community Spotlight: Michael Becker

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s community is composed of many caring, uniquely-talented individuals. As a way to learn more about the members who encourage students’ passions outside of the classroom, we’re spotlighting various coaches and activity leaders over the course of the school year! Meet Michael Becker, girls’ volleyball head coach and BSM theology teacher.

What is your favorite part about being a coach?
My favorite part about coaching is seeing my students pursue their passions outside of the classroom. It's so great to see hard work pay off in all areas of life, and the volleyball court is just one place where that happens.
How long have you been a coach?
I actually started coaching volleyball as a junior in high school - so only a few years ;-) I've been coaching volleyball at BSM for 9 years, and this will be my 2nd year as varsity head coach.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
I am looking forward to competing against our new conference opponents and our new section opponents. I believe we have a team that can make a deep run in our new section, and I think we have a fun, hard-working, determined group of young ladies who can make that happen!
When you were a student, in high school and/or college, did you participate in the sport you coach? If yes, do you have a favorite memory from being on a team?
Growing up, I fell in love with the sport of volleyball watching my sister play. My high school was too small to have a boys’ volleyball team, but I was able to play in college at the University of St. Thomas. My favorite memory was traveling to NDSU for our conference tournament and upsetting the top-seeded team my freshman year.
Do you have any advice to give to student-athletes?
My advice to student-athletes is to be present. Being mindful of each moment, each action on and off the court, and truly being present to your teammates allows you to appreciate it all so much more. 
What do you love most about being part of the Red Knight community?
I love being part of the Red Knight community because of the tremendous support. I feel supported as a teacher, a coach, and a person. My students and coworkers give me life. I love coming to BSM every day, and even when things get tough in life, I know I have the loving support of those around me!