As I’ve grown and evolved as a coach, it’s made me a think a lot about the coaches I’ve had in the past. I went to a very small high school (graduating with 47 people!), and we didn’t have some of the big, alpha male sports like football, wrestling, etc. Growing up, basketball was my first love (insert random Indiana joke here).  Regardless, I remember being outside with snow and ice on the ground shooting baskets, trying to work on my game. I had played a ton throughout middle school, and figured that would be no different as I got into high school. As an athlete, I always thought that if you wanted to make someone better, you should make it a point to relate to that person. To figure out what makes them tick, and to help push the appropriate buttons to get their best effort.
Instead, by the time I finished basketball my senior year, I’d about had it with the sport.
When you’re 17 or 18 years old, who wants to go to practice and be yelled at for hours on end?
Looking back, I’m sure I was a whiny little brat, and if I was a little bit more objective I’m sure I would’ve looked at my coach differently. And there were athletes that this approach worked with – some athletes respond incredibly well to this style. But just as you need different cues to get someone to move efficiently in the weight room, the approach you use to get through to different athletes is critical, and I think that’s molded me as a coach.


They say that a great coach doesn’t see you as you are now; they see what you’re capable of in the future. This has been something I’ve long since carried with me when coaching my clients and athletes.
I need to show them that I believe in them, perhaps more than they believe in themselves at times. Quite simply, I know that they can achieve their goals – whether it’s losing body fat, gaining muscle mass, or getting stronger. If you work with clients and athletes for a living, I’d implore you to look critically at yourself and your approach. Or could you make a small change that leads to a positive impact in their life and performance. Looking back, I know that all of the coaches that I’ve spent time with cared about me as an individual – as a human being.
But I also know that the ones I related to the best were the ones that I worked the hardest for, and got the best results with. She stepped in and took a talented team with some real knuckleheads and focused us and made us better. Most basketball coaches have their teams shoot a bunch of free throws throughout practice to try and improve. Our in game free throw shooting seemed to be a lot better during that segment with her as the coach.


A template to create your own weekly time management plan for key tasks – Planning With Kids Weekly Schedule.
Gift cupboard – buy in advance and when on special to save time and money – Birthday Gift Ideas For Kids. He was cut from a cloth similar to that of Bobby Knight – in your face, no BS, and infinitely demanding – sometimes to the point of being unreasonable. We weren’t very good as a team, and I’d basically had the joy of the game beaten out of me.
The guy obviously knew the game and I learned a ton from him, but his coaching approach wasn’t well suited to me as an athlete.
These were both younger guys, and both of them were demanding without being confrontational or in-your-face. My time is valuable, and I don’t like to feel as though it’s being wasted on someone who isn’t serious about improving themselves. Uses  the pomodoro technique which is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo. At least 3 times, he went after fans who were berating us (my Dad had to pull him off 2 of them).



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