Brady Chin didn’t want Temple club paintball to proceed without a coach any longer.
Even though it didn’t interfere with the club in the regular season, Chin said the lack of “consistency and stability” restricted Temple’s performances at the National Collegiate Paintball Association Tournament.
Chin, a sixth-year information science and technology major, isn’t eligible to play for a season, he wanted to participate with the club, so that he became the club’s coach.
“There are sentimental reasons I came back,” Chin said. “More of the reason is just like, yeah, not having a coach sucks. So I definitely know like how it feels to have a structured schedule and like regimen during practice.”
The past two seasons, the coaching responsibilities were on the Players, Chin said, like making starting lineups, leading practices and dictating strategies.
Chin also creates a weekly report on what the club should improve on.
It’s hard to compete against teams that have coaches, such as Liberty University and the University of Central Florida, said club Vice President Jason Spencer, a junior English major.
Temple, that competes in the class A division of the National Collegiate Paintball Association, took home two third-place endings at the past four years at the national tournament.
Chin was part of three Temple teams that finished third at the National Tournament. When the opportunity to coach his former teammates arose, he couldn’t turn down another chance to become part of the competition, he said.
Alumni coached the Owls throughout the national tournaments, however not having a formal coach throughout the regular season made it even harder to allow the club to reach its potential, Chin said.
“You can’t just make small tweaks here and there during the tournament, you still got to be prepared for it ” Chin added.
Robbie Farnsworth, the club treasurer, feels Chin’s stability and service.
“You just go out there and get taken. And today we finally have [Chin] breaking down it and showing us we got taken from here and things like that.”
At the Owls’ scrimmage at Mantua Township, New Jersey on Nov. 2, Chin Yelled directions to his players as he paced along the sideline while Temple scrimmaged Drexel University.
“When you commit to this sport as you commit to every Sunday, it’s kind of like church,” Chin said. “This is our church pretty much every Sunday. We come out and pay $35-45 for a case of pain, and that’s every Sunday. That’s like $160 [per month]. So, if you want to play this sport you got to be passionate about it.”
The Owls next tournament has not been verified, but they hope to play at a regional tournament later this month. Temple will compete in a total of three regional tournaments before the national tournament in Kissimmee, Florida in April.
“We always see [the National Tournament] as a challenge,” Chin added. “It’s like a good challenge to play those teams but obviously you want to beat them, you want to show that you’re better.”