What makes a coach a good one? Are the best coaches the ones with the most technical knowledge, the most popular or trendy training theories, or the ones who get the best results? Or maybe there’s something else that makes a coach truly great.
I’ve been pondering this question a lot lately. I’ve had my share of coaches as a high school athlete and then as an adult. My children are now in sports and have their own coaches. I’ve coached adults and recently I started coaching kids too. Knowing what I’ve experienced, I’ve felt a crushing sense of responsibility and I’ve wondered what I can do to ensure I’m upholding my duty to my athletes.
As I’ve contemplated this I’ve realized there’s a more important question that needs an answer: what is a coach’s duty to his or her athletes anyway?