Q & A with our director, Payton Chitwood
- Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Warner University
- 2018 The Sun Conference Coach of the Year
- Holds the record for most wins in a season & winning % at Warner
Do you have any nicknames?
Currently- Coach haha, but in college I was called Paypay
If you can eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is the latest show, series, podcast or book that you binged on?
LOVE The Office! Listen to ESPN FC and read coaching and leadership books!
What is the one or more things that you take with you or do every day before you greet the team at practice? This can be something tangible or non-tangible.
Double check my priorities and make sure that I’m coaching individuals through our team.
What purchase of $100 or less has positively influenced your life in the past 6 months or recent memory? (Brand, how you found it, all details are welcome)
Does that last grocery run count?!?!?!?
Do you have a quote, phrase or motto that you use on a daily basis or during tough times? or maybe something you think of often or live your life by.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, The Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.”
#WEB4ME -“We before me” is what our team is focused on this year
Too many good quotes to list them all out…come to camp to hear them everyday!!
What advice would you give a smart, driven 14 year old athlete about to enter high school and what advice should they ignore on the other hand?
Never assume you ‘should’ have something. “I should have that spot”, “That coach should have looked at me”, etc. Always train like crazy, focused and with joy when no one is looking so that when the time comes people notice you and you make an impact on them regardless if they were planning on it or not! Joy shines through your play, so soak up the experiences and smile…it goes a long way!
4 Questions to ask yourself after training or game: Did you have fun? Did you try your absolute best? Did you take care of your teammates? Did you put forth your best effort?
In the last 5 years, do you have a specific season, game or competition that changed your life? What advice or realizations, do you have for people in the coaching field who are trying to achieve their team's potential?
Control what is in your realm of control. Make sure your purpose and identity isn’t in a sport…it should be much more than that.
Is there a moment from your youth that set you up for career in coaching?
Not one specific moment really. I was lucky to have my Dad coach me for a bit growing up, so that was obviously a big influence. The thing that tipped the scales toward coaching was a mentor of mine that is a great coach! The mixture of a sport I’m passionate about as well as impacting players and coaches is a highlight every single year for me.