That’s likely the response you get when you tell people that you want to become a sports coach. It’s a common reaction, and one I’ve heard many times myself over my years as a leading coach.
You see, being a sports coach is hard. You’ll face long hours during training season, strain on your family relationships, and have to cope with the emotions of big victories – not to mention big losses. You’ll experience stress and pressure, as you juggle dealing with team attitudes, parental involvement, and school politics or budget cuts.
Sports coaching is hard – yet the impact you create for your athletes, in your community and within the sport itself … is profoundly gratifying.
It’s worth every ounce of effort you put into it.
I’m Mike Davenport, and I have a 35-year collegiate coaching career, along with national team and Olympic team experience, that’ve taught me valuable lessons on what to do – and what not to do.
I’m here to help you learn smart ways to avoid the hardships, sidestep the stress and be the successful sports coach they love.
Why trust me? Because I care about coaches and believe that coaches matter, and our effect can be profound. For example:
- A coach can redirect the life of an athlete
- A coach can show how to lose and win with grace and courage.
- A coach can exhibit how to be vulnerable.
- A coach can visualize a future and help others get there.
- A coach can be honest and help others accept and work with criticism.
- A coach can do so much with so little.
Consider some of these resources:
- New Here?
- Need Help?
- Power Coaching Tips
- Short free articles
- 1-on-1 Consult
- Workshops and talks
- This Old Coach (podcast)
I’m glad you’re here. If you are coaching, I’m proud of you. And if you are thinking of getting into coaching — full speed ahead. Greatness could be right around the corner.
Coach well, we need you.
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