Brooke Austin, Centennial, basketball

Q&A --

January 24, 2007|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,Sun Reporter

In her second varsity season, Centennial senior forward Brooke Austin is averaging 10 points and 5.2 rebounds to help the Eagles to a 10-3 record. Along with basketball, she has played center field on the Eagles' varsity softball team since her freshman year. Austin performed in a school musical last year and also had a role in the school's fall play, The Odd Couple. She has a 3.14 grade point average and will attend Holy Cross College -- which is adjacent to Notre Dame -- with eventual plans to transfer to the latter. Austin wants to major in sports management and would like to become a basketball coach.

What has been the key to the team's success this season?

I think the key for us is the fact that we have such great chemistry. It's probably one of the best teams that I've ever been on. We just enjoy spending time together. So that helps on the court because we have an awareness for everyone else out there and blend really well. It makes coming to practice every day easier. You may feel a little tired, but practice is so much more enjoyable when you know you're going to hang out with friends and do something you love.

How did you get interested in acting?

I took a drama class my freshman year and just stuck with it. It wasn't until last year that I tried out for one of the musicals, and it was something that I really enjoyed. This year, I ended up getting a pretty big part in the fall play. It's a different group of people from athletics -- they're so much fun and have so many things to offer.

What was it like being on stage the first time?

It was definitely nerve-racking, but it was also a blast because you get up there and you're all nervous for the first number and then you just kind of figure, "whatever," and go have fun with it. Nobody expected me to do it, so when they saw me up there they just kind of laughed at first. But then they realized I was having a good time and a couple of my friends were like, "Yeah, I should try it, too."

What was it that made you decide you wanted to be a basketball coach?

When I was younger, I always thought it would be kind of fun to coach basketball. I'm a big Notre Dame fan and I always thought: What if I ended up coaching basketball at Notre Dame and we won a national championship? That would be awesome. I got a chance to coach some younger girls last year, and they really look up to you. So it's kind of like giving back. I know older players would come talk to me, and I would definitely listen to what they had to say. So now, whatever I may have to say could help somebody better their game.

Why did you start cheering for Notre Dame?

My dad grew up in Chicago, and he's a big, big, big Notre Dame fan. He and I would watch football games when I was really little and I didn't always know what was going on. But I did know every time the Fighting Irish would score a touchdown, he would throw me up in the air. So I'd just pray on Saturdays that they scored a lot of touchdowns.

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