Transcribed Interview with Head Tennis Coach Tom Bates

After my previous post, I decided to try those advices and take an actual interview from my coach. It wasn’t that easy, even though I’ve already had some experience in taking interviews.

Here is my full transcribed interview.

Interview with Coach Bates, Women’s and Men’s Head Tennis Coach at the Middle Georgia State University.

Interviewer: Anastasiia Vasileva

Interviewee: Tom Bates, Women’s and Men’s tennis Head Coach

Interview Setting: Interview conducted in office of Coach Bates, Whipple Hall, Cochran Campus. The interview was conducted at 1:30 PM on Tuesday afternoon, February 15th.

Affiliation with interviewee: Coach Bates has been my coach for almost 2 years already. I have spoken with him about his career and the match that we had the day before against Keiser University.

(Start of Interview)

A: Hi, coach Bates.

CB: Hi, Anastasiia.

A: How are you doing?

CB: I’m great, how about yourself?

A: Good, thank you. So can you tell me about your job here, at Middle Georgia?

CB: Yes, my job encompasses several arias. First off, I am a Head Tennis Coach for men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic squads, and also I teach half time as a faculty member in business, as well as FYI, that’s First Year Experience for new students.

A: How long have you been coaching?

CB: I’ve been coaching about fifteen years. This is my third year here, at Middle Georgia State. And that’s when the program started, three years ago.

A: Okay. How do you like it here?

CB: I love it here.

A: Since you have so many international students, you have to deal with a lot of related stuff. How do you feel about it?

CB: I enjoy it. I like it a lot. I think the diversity is good and I think our student-athletes bring something new to the University, and add to the campus life the feel of University.

A: Also how do you feel about people speaking so many different languages around you?

CB: I think it’s great also, and I try to pick up bits and pieces from each student.

A: So what you are trying to say is that you learn something from each of them. Correct?

CB: Oh, yes, sure. “Davai”, “Vamos” (“C’mon” in Russian and Spanish).

A (laughing): That sounds good!

CB: I would say that I have the best job in the world. And I’m very fortunate to be here. I’m working with great professionals, as well as great student-athletes. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

A: That is awesome coach! Also going back to that question about international student-athletes, how does it feel to be like a supervisor or some kind of a parent for those kids who come here?

CB: Ah, well…

A: Do you think you are doing a great job?

CB: You know, we can always do better at anything we do. And I think I can do better. It is more stressful and many of my colleagues and other University employees don’t understand the level of involvement that I have to have on a daily basis, but it’s worth it.

A: Also what can you say about your teams’ behavior last time they played Keiser University?

CB: I think our team kept its composure well, despite other team being outrageously poor sports and not following the Champions of Character, the character that we are trying to exhibit.

A: Do you think your teams got involved in what Keiser teams were doing?

CB: I think our teams did not cross the line. I think our teams cheered and cheered loudly. And, yeah, I don’t think we crossed any line.

A: All right. Since your teams started off the season pretty good, what are your expectations for the season for both women’s and men’s teams?

CB: You know, we take one match at a time. And as soon as you start counting wins and losses before you play, that’s not a good thing. So I’m only thinking about 12 o’clock on Friday right now.

A: Great. Good luck to your teams! Thank you coach for spending your time.

CB: Sure, thank you.

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