Meet Coach Fear

Mark and Cindy Becker · Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The West Liberty girls’ basketball program has a new face on the sidelines this year. It is the first year head coach Al Fear.

Some of the first words that came from Coach Fear: “You are going to see a big change with West Liberty this year.”

He brings a new perspective and a positive outlook to a program that won its last game in 2016. That adds up to a 32 game losing streak.

His coaching philosophy is simple and to the point.

“It is to make all the girls on my team understand that everyone has something to offer,” he said. “It is a big deal to be out there to gain confidence in front of a crowd. We can do nothing but positive things now.”

When he decided to coach at a higher level he said West Liberty was the first job that came available.

“I think everything happens for a reason. There is a reason that when I decided to coach that this was the job available and the first place I applied,” he said.

He is excited and ready to see what his new team can accomplish.

Coach Fear has been coaching basketball at the club and AAU level for about 10 years within the Cedar Rapids area and has been looking to coach at a higher level.

“What got me interested in this job was this team was 0-21 last year. That intrigued me because it is basically starting a whole new program from the ground up. I look forward to that challenge,” stated Fear.

His favorite part of coaching is seeing the girls succeed, stating “I enjoy seeing them succeed when they weren’t expecting it.”

He went on to explain that he deems success not necessarily as wins and losses but making sure they are better players and people every time they come off the court.

However, he admitted to not being very familiar with the River Valley Conference.

“The River Valley Conference is a very competitive league, I was not familiar with it at first, but I am learning quickly,” said Fear. “We have our hands full, but I am very optimistic and we are going to turn some heads this year.”

Coach Fear commutes from the Swisher, Iowa area every day. He is married with two kids, a daughter, who is a sophomore at Cedar Rapids Prairie and a son who is in eighth grade.

He enjoys watching his kids play sports and he also trains dogs. He talked at length about hanging out with his family on hiking or camping trips.

His favorite quote is by Michael Jordan: “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.”

That quote is what makes Coach Fear a good fit for this girls basketball program. On behalf of the West Liberty community, I would like to welcome Coach Fear and wish him the best of luck.
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