Get to Know a Coach is a summer feature profiling Summit League head coaches with a Q&A. These coaches provide a glimpse into their personal life away from their sport.
In this week's installment, Fort Wayne's head women's soccer coach Jason Burr is profiled.
Name: Jason Burr
School: Fort Wayne
Sport: Women's Soccer
Seasons (Overall // School): 6th // 3rd
Alma Mater: Austin Peay '01
If you were not a coach, what job would you be doing? I would have pursued becoming a pilot and traveling the world.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Skydive for sure… or visit Europe
What fad/trend do you hope makes a comeback? MTV actually playing music…
Why did you decide to become a coach? I was coached by some incredible people that had some of the biggest impacts in my life and I hoped to be a positive impact on somebody's life like they have been on mine.
What is something you will NEVER do again? Try to grow my hair out longer!
What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are today? Being a military brat and traveling the world as a child is easily the most impactful
Who is your favorite professional sports team and/or athlete? Liverpool FC and Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool
What is/was your favorite article of clothing that you have ever owned? Definitely the old school Umbro soccer shorts (If you were around in the 90's, you know what I am talking about)
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Control the controllables! We spend so much time and energy fixated on things we don't have control over that we could be putting toward solving or enjoying what we do have control over and having an actual impact.
What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten? Frog legs… and I will not be trying them again anytime soon
What mythical creature do you wish actually existed? Sven from Frozen cracks me up so I'm going with him because at least I know I would be laughing
What is your favorite movie/TV show? Movie – Saving Private Ryan (Their sacrifice for somebody they never knew was incredible) TV Show – The Office (I really wish they wouldn't have canceled it)
What was the best thing to happen to you this year? The ability to spend more time with my family
What is/was your favorite vacation destination? Hawai'i.
What is your biggest superstition? Drinking a strawberry milk after a gameday win
What kind of music do you listen to most frequently? Reggae
If you could add one Summit League athlete to your team, who would you choose? I'd add John Konchar from our basketball team because of his tremendous work ethic and commitment (We couldn't figure out what position we'd play him in though!)
What is your one "go to" stop (dining, entertainment, other) on any Summit road trip? Red Rocks in Denver
What phrase/quote do you most frequently use to inspire your team? Haha "Control the Controllables"
What is your biggest pet peeve? Not being on time… Luckily Kelsey Passaglia (Assistant Coach) helps to keep me balanced so we're not extremely early everywhere we go!