It’s important to push athletes, but coaches also have a responsibility to do so in a safe way. During his time at Villanova, basketball strength coach John Shackleton has learned to walk the line between hard work and overtraining. He has learned lessons along the way that can help any coach.
There is nothing wrong with healthy competition, especially if it leaves a positive impact on a team. Successful coaches understand the importance of fostering an environment where everyone strives to get better, but how do you create competition with factors that have long been viewed as intangible like heart and effort?