Reflecting On Why You Coach

Most coaching books start with a discussion of the importance of creating a coaching philosophy and follow up with a section on creating goals. But to define a coaching philosophy and set goals, you must first understand and express why you coach and what principles will guide how you coach.

Keeping Bench Players “In The Game”

I have yet to meet a competitive athlete – of any age or in any sport – who relishes sitting on the bench. In fact, excessive time as a second or third stringer can be frustrating and demotivating, and is a primary reason athletes lose their passion for the sport if not their interest in playing at all. So how does a coach effectively manage playing time among team members so that subs stay positive and engaged throughout the season?

Option For Success

Stressing the importance of a balanced life, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo teaches Midshipmen football players to navigate the murky waters of a heavy workload, military commitments & on-field size disadvantages – and still win games at a record pace.

Busting A Culture Of Entitlement

It is true that today’s generation of young athletes is growing up in a different culture, one in which individual achievements are often glorified and celebrated at the expense of collective achievements and self-sacrifice. Nowhere is this more evident than in the typical youth sport setting where parents aggressively push for their sons and daughters to get noticed, in the hopes of securing a college scholarship. The most effective way to bust a culture of athlete entitlement is to actively build and reinforce a culture of athlete accountability. This three-pronged approach is most effective for creating this type of team culture.