Hildie Heck Leads with Empower
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Hildie Heck, the Athletic Director for Lyme Old Lyme Schools, joins the Lead with Empower for episode 8 of season 2. Hildie has been in the Athletic Director role for the Wildcats since 2016. Prior to joining the Lyme Old Lyme community, Hildie was a physical education/health instructor and coach at Classical Magnet School in Hartford. Hildie is a classmate of mine from Springfield College and shares plenty of wonderful leadership insight during our conversation. Here are the show notes:

  • 00:00: Episode Opening and Hildie Heck Introduction

  • 02:35: We discuss Fall Athletics in CT and in the Shoreline Conference. Hildie shares a very positive assessment with regards to how her student/athletes and coaches, as well as the other schools in the Shoreline Conference, have managed the new safety protocol and scheduling adjustments.

  • 08:50: Leadership Challenges during Uncertain Times - "Leading is easy when you're winning...". Hildie highlights the importance of communication, trusting relationships, and creative solutions to overcome unique challenges.

  • 15:30: Hildie discusses some of her personal challenges faced and overcome during her slower work pace caused by the pandemic; highlighting her newly discovered "advanced cooking skills".

  • 18:45: We hear about Hildie's experiences at Springfield College and how those experiences helped shape her as a leader.

  • 29:19: Hildie and I discuss her time as a teacher/coach at Classical Magnet School and her jump to Lyme Old Lyme Schools for the Athletic Director position. Hildie shares challenges faced and overcome, and the strategies implemented to do so!

  • 42:03: Relationships and Skill Building - Hildie shares her hopes for what each student athlete takes from their time in the Lyme Old Lyme athletics program.

  • Episode Closure: We talk about Hildie's experiences as a running coach, discuss the current plan for Winter Sports in CT, and advice for Winter Sports athletes and coaches. We also learn about Hildie's youth and current inspirations and the importance of participating in competitive sports.

Follow the Hildie and the Lyme Old Lyme Athletics Program on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HilheckAD

Musical Credit to Matt Jaskot matthewjaskot.com https://soundcloud.com/matt-jaskot

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