Saturday, January 15, 2011

More guest blogging: Coach Smarty Pants

Recently added to our register of guest bloggers is Coach Nadia Kean, aka Smarty Pants, of the Texas Rollergirls.

Smarty Pants and Krissy Krash (LADD) at Battle on the Bank
Smarty Pants started skating with the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls of Austin, Texas in May of 2003. While a skater for TXRD, she had over seven great years with the Holy Rollers and gave it all she had for TXRD's travel team, the All Scar Army, while going pants-off for the fantastic Vagine Regime. In January 2011, Smarty tried out for another bad-ass league and is happy to say that she still skates in plaid, this time for the Hell Marys of the Texas Rollergirls. When not coaching or skating derby, Smarty coaches rowing, (a similar yet very different sport), in Austin. She started coaching derby in 2004 when she traveled to NYC to train the newly formed Gotham Girls. She has since trained various leagues across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Smarty uses sport theory and common sense to teach derby strategy. When training skater skills she prefers to focus on the intricacies of each skater's unique style. As a trainer she is sensitive to the needs of the athlete and well aware of the process of learning. Although she takes the sport of derby very seriously, because she holds much respect for its growth, she tries to create a relaxed and humorous learning environment. Because derby is serious. Seriously fun.

Over the next couple of weeks Smarty Pants will be blogging about a variety of different things, from banked track roller derby 101 to agility and strategy.  Welcome Coach Smarty Pants!


  1. I had the opportunity to train with Smarty at a bootcamp in Canada this past November. I fell in love! She is so amazing. I'm very excited to read all of the information she has to share here!

  2. ah, smarty... i didn't even recognize her with real pants on!