There’s a myth circulating in the world of coaching sports and it goes like this: It’s all about the athletes, not about the coach There is a wee bit of truth to it, in that it IS all about the athletes — but to a point. YOU, coach, are just as important as the athletes. […]
Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, I wish I coached an indoor sport. Especially when our river looks like this: Usually we are ice-free by this time of year, practicing happily on the water. But not this year. Ohh no… This year we’ve been thrown a knuckleball. Batter Up! A knuckleball is a pitch which has […]
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I walked into my athletic director’s office and sat down. I told him I was quitting when the season was over. “I can’t coach anymore,” I whimpered. He knew coaching was important to me — I’d been with him for five years. He shook his head. He knew I was right. It was a short conversation.
I went outside. I was shaking. I didn’t have the strength to open my car door. I walked over to the curb, sat down, and cried — like a hungry baby.
Are you using social media? If so, is it helping or hurting your coaching? You walk, you leave footprints. Some prints are obvious, like through mud. Other prints, like walking on a basketball court, are harder to see. Regardless, you leave prints behind. We do the same in the digital world when we use social media. […]
Here’s the thing, a coach and an athlete, no matter how long they’ve known each other, have a relationship. And ending that relationship can be easy. But doing it with class, respect, dignity — now that is hard to do. I say that because so many coaches end relationships in rotten ways. I know because I’ve […]
It’s a special section of society we belong to — we are improvement-professionals. A common thread that binds all us improvement-professionals is the expectation that as we help others improve, we will invest in our skills and ourselves so we grow. Thirty-four years ago I became a coach. Since then I’ve seen numerous different ways coaches invest. I’ve spent a […]