Swiatek tries to spread her for-the-love-of-the-game mindset to her teammates.
“I hate people having a bad day and going onto the court with their head down,” the Rockland resident said. “People should be happy because they’re playing a sport they love, so why not have a smile on your face?”
Driscoll and Marani, varied in their coaching experiences, are in the same boat, reminding both themselves and their teams that winning isn’t everything.
“If I were seeing some real negative side effects, I would be responding differently. But I’m not really seeing any negative byproducts,” Marani said.
“These girls are getting from athletics what they’re supposed to get. They’re going to work hard and find a way to be better — and still enjoy it.”