Last week I let it rip about staying in coaching. I heard about that post — I think it touched a nerve. That’s a good thing because if you’re going to be good at something your nerves need to be touched – or else you’re numb and the games over.
I listed three specific things you can do to help yourself stay in coaching. One of those was to form a better relationship with your athletic director.
Feedback appeared on that one. Comments like, “How the heck am I supposed to do that?”
Bingo — action time!!
Let’s move past me listing tips for you and get down to it. How about an athletic director telling you himself.
Dave Cooper, family friend, was a high school athletic director for 18 years and just retired. What makes Dave special (besides being a cool guy – Hey Dave!) is that he was AD of two high schools at the same time.
He worked with a lot of coaches in his tenure.
Dave is going to share things he found over the years that make a difference in the relationship between an AD and a coach. Those tips are in an 18-minute video we made of his presentation (Tips for Developing a Good Relationship with Your Athletic Director) at the annual coaches conference I hosted last month.
Dave rocks, good kinda of smart, and he knows this stuff.
If you’re struggling with your relationship with your AD (high school or college – it really doesn’t matter) you need to watch this. Could be the best 18 minutes you’ve ever spent on your career.
Here is how this will play out:
- 40% of you will click on the link to watch the video
- 50% of those who do click will watch it all away to the end
- 10% of those folks, only 10%, will actually take some action to improve the relationship (that’s around 2-3%, right??)
That’s what the theory says. Stupid theory.
My job. Your job.
My job I’ve taken on here is to help you survive and thrive in your coaching. All about professional sustainability, y’know. Your job is to take action to help make these things happen.
That means you need to grab one, or two, or more of Dave’s suggestions and try them.
And then blast me back to let me know how it goes. Your success is in your hands and I’m trying to put tools in them. Sometimes that will work, sometimes not, but let’s give it a crack.
This could possibly be your best week of coaching ever!
Lemme know, lemme know, lemme know.
PS: If you know of a fellow coach who NEEDS to see this video, please share (and let them know where to find us.) Here’s that link one more time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6baUSYJUK0A&feature=share&list=UUpPBzDZUNhZ0W6YTP3MazxA
PPS: You can also view this post on my G+ page
– Mike Davenport