In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today, we are thrilled to introduce Jeff Skaggs, Lower and Middle School Athletic Director, PE Teacher, Summer Camp and Conference Coordinator, and Coach.
Jeff Skaggs has been a faculty member and coach for more than ten years, at San Domenico. He grew up in Fairfax, attended St. Rita School, was a Marin Catholic basketball player, and later went on to be a player and coach at Southern Utah University.
He is the founder and director of San Domenico Basketball Camps, is a current AAU and CYO coach, and is a charter member of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Q. Full name?
A. Jeff Skaggs
Q. Where were you born?
A. Fairfax, CA
Q. Favorite word?
A. Overachieve and compete. (I have two favorites!)
Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?
A. I am the Lower and Middle School Athletic Director, Lower School PE teacher, summer camp and conference coordinator, and a coach for different sports. I have the best job in the school by far. My favorite aspect is being around great young people.
Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service?)
A. Community. I have been here since 1999, and we have a tremendous community among our faculty, staff, students, and parents.
Q. What might an average weekend look like, for you?
A. Hiking with my wife, Beverley, and our dog, Maggie, spending time with our kids, Hayley and Andrew, reading favorite books, catching up on all the magazines I subscribe to, and attending live sporting events, at college, high school, and grade school levels.
Q. List 1-3 of your most significant personal accomplishments, to date.
A. 1) Being lucky enough to have an awesome family and a great group of friends. 2) Playing college basketball on a scholarship in Utah, and getting to start at point guard my last two years. 3) Being a voice in so many young student athletes’ lives, through coaching and teaching.
Q. List 1-3 of your most significant professional and/or academic accomplishments, to date.
A. 1) Going back to college, at age 40, to get my multiple subject teaching credential. 2) Getting a job as a college basketball coach after graduation. 3) Holding positions as district retail manager for both Williams-Sonoma and The Sharper Image. 4) Starting successful camp concepts when I first started here.
Q. What was your best, professional "I wish someone had seen this" moment?
A. Giving a guest professor lecture on "the privatization of youth sports" at Sonoma State University to a group of senior seminar students. Ironically, it was in the same building where, back in 1998, the education department director told me that she didn't think I had the qualities to become a good teacher and thus denied my application. I regrouped and received my degree elsewhere. It molded the saying for me, "Just because someone says you can't do something, doesn't mean that they are right!"
Jeff, for the deep commitment and professionalism you bring to your work in our athletics program, and for the many skills, smiles, and life lessons you share with our scholar athletes, we are so grateful to have you in our San Domenico community. Thank you for all you do!