Success a constant in Giuliani’s hoops life
Forest Park girls coach Jackie Giuliani gave her players some urgent instructions during a time-out late in a regional game earlier this year.
CRYSTAL FALLS—When the organizer for the fourth annual Kiwanis Classic Border Bash all-star basketball game, held June 7 in Ironwood, went looking for a coach for the girls Northern Michigan squad, any number of successful coaches could have been chosen.
But he could hardly have found a person whose name has been more synonymous with success over the last couple decades than Forest Park’s Jackie Giuliani. For since the time she was a tween in Crystal Falls, Giuliani (neé Stoor) has done nothing but win.
Her most recent success came this year in her third season as Forest Park’s varsity girls coach when she led the Lady Trojans to their fifth regional championship in the last six seasons. Giuliani’s team finished 20-5 this year and won the school’s seventh consecutive district crown.
All that was more than good enough to get an email from Border Bash organizer Russ Maki.
“He just said, ‘You’ve been selected to coach based on your outstanding season and winning in the tournament,” Giuliani said prior to coaching in the event at Gogebic Community College. “I definitely (feel honored). And I just see it as another opportunity to broaden my coaching experiences.”
Giuliani’s experiences in basketball have been almost uniformly positive. As a player, she began winning as a member of the highly touted class of 1998 that started its winning ways well before high school. Once she advanced beyond junior high, she was immediately promoted to the varsity squad and started as the point guard on the Lady Trojans’ state runner-up team in 1995.
While Giuliani spent some time away from the game when she matriculated to Michigan State to earn a degree in child development and elementary education, she came back to Crystal Falls in 2005 and began her coaching career as an assistant for the eighth-grade team.
The next year, she was promoted to junior varsity coach and varsity assistant and began what has been an outstanding run with the Lady Trojans.