Panzl recognized by Positive Coaching Alliance as a Regional Double-Goal Coach Winner

25 National Winners soon to be selected from Regional Winners

February 8, 2022 | 2022 Regional Double-Goal Coach Award Winners Announced

Triangle is excited to announce the selection of Coach and Injury Prevention Coordinator, Michelle Panzl, as a Regional Winner for the prestigious Double-Goal Coach®Award established by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and presented by TeamSnap.

The Regional Winners were selected from hundreds of nominated coaches who received over 1,000 letters of reference. Nominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of a Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. A Double-Goal Coach® behaves as follows:

  • Takes a mastery approach to sport rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching athletes to put forward maximum effort, continuously learn and improve, and not let themselves be stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.
  • Fills Emotional Tanks of athletes, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s “Emotional Tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go anywhere, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.
  • Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).

Panzl's nomination highlighted her work as both a team coach and her role as Triangle's Injury Prevention Coordinator. Her coaching career began when she herself was a student-athlete at Triangle Volleyball Club (Class of 2010). She coached at Triangle in a variety of roles throughout her undergrad education at UNC-CH and while she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Elon University. She operates a satellite physical therapy clinic in Triangle's gym, offers free injury screenings to Triangle athletes, and oversees Triangle's award winning injury prevention program. In the 2021 season, Panzl assumed the head coaching role of Triangle 14 Blue after the team's young coach, CJ Hunter, passed away unexpectedly. The season was one that realized tremendous on-court success, outstanding team bonding, and individual growth and development while challenged by the loss of a beloved coach. Panzl joins Triangle 18 Black Head Coach, Logan Barber, a 2019 National Winner of the PCA Double-Goal Coach®Award.

The Coach nominations for the Double-Goal Coach®Awards must be accompanied by numerous professional references from colleagues, former players and former parents. In the coming weeks, the PCA selection committee will identify 25 National Winners from the list of Regional Winners who will each receive $500, a certificate from PCA, and recognition on PCA's website, newsletters, and media campaigns. Thanks to the generosity of the Taube Family Foundation, one special coach will win the Taube Family Prize in Recognition of Excellence in Coaching and be named PCA’s National Coach of the Year. This prize, to be awarded later in the Spring, will include $10,000 ($2,500 to the coach and $7,500 to the youth sports organization or school of their choice).

To see the Positive Coaching Alliance release click HERE.