Welcome to Buffaloes Summer Break where CUBuffs.com catches up with Colorado student-athletes and coaching staff members throughout the summer "off season."
Today's installment comes from head women's basketball coach Linda Lappe. A former CU standout in her own right (1998-2003), coach Lappe enters her third season as the Buffaloes' head coach. She is 39-30 in her first two seasons on the bench, guiding the Buffaloes to back-to-back winning seasons and postseason appearances. The youngest head women's basketball coach at a BCS level school, Lappe led Colorado to a 21-14 mark in 2011-12 - its first 20-win season since 2003-04 - and the quarterfinals of the 2012 Postseason WNIT.
What is your favorite summer time activity?
Road biking and laying in a hammock.
Favorite vacation destination and why?
Sardegna. It is beautiful, remote, easy to get around in, and quiet. Go in May and have the beach to yourself!
What was your first summer job?
What was your most memorable summer job experience?
Working the Ceal Barry Basketball Camps and staying in the dorms. It was always a character week. Wake up before the campers to get in your workout, then blow a whistle throughout the halls to wake the campers, work camp all day, play pick up during dinner, then at 11:00 p.m. do bed checks. I remember going outside the dorm windows to see which lights were still on and yelling up to the campers to go to bed!
Explain one aspect of your job during the off-season that fans may not realize
We spend a lot of time in meetings to get ready for all the areas we wish to improve during the upcoming season.
The most important thing your current student-athletes should be doing this summer?
Getting A’s and B’s in their classes and working on their individual basketball skills
What is your favorite moment here at Colorado so far?
Beating Iowa State in the 2010-11 season.
A summer-time activity you enjoyed growing up that is NOT your current sport?
Playing softball. In Iowa, the high school season is played during the months of May, June, and July so I spent almost every day on the softball diamond.
Best advice for youth that are beginning to compete in athletics.
Keep an open mind and stay diverse in the sports you play. Don’t specialize too early if at all.
If you could sit in with one other coaching staff at CU for a game/event that is not your sport, which staff would it be and why?
Skiing. Because it is so different than basketball but the athletes have to be at the top of their games both physically and mentally. I have tremendous respect for coach Richard Rokos and would love to see how he and his staff prepares the team to be the best in the nation.
If you could bring one famous person to Colorado for a day-long tour who would it be, and what would you do with them?
Robin Roberts. We would pick her brain on the things she has done throughout her lifetime and career to prepare herself for where she is today.