This is currently my 27th year in education and I spent 16 of those years as a teacher and a coach at three different schools. I had my successes and my failures along the way and learned a lot by myself during that time period. As I am in the middle of my 8th year as an Activities Director, I can tell you that if I would ever get back into coaching, I would be a much better coach. Spending time at practices and games has made me reflect on my time as a coach.
Scouting reports, teaching fundamentals, situational strategies and in game adjustments are all important parts of coaching. However, there are three tools that I believe are ESSENTIAL for any coach at any level. If a coach can be great and consistent with these three tools, team success will happen!
As leaders, it is our job to discuss things like these with our coaches and let them know how important these three tools are. I think coaches often get caught up in the X’s and O’s and forget about the other parts of coaching. As a coach, take time at the end of every day and reflect: how did I do today? Set weekly goals for you and your assistants.
Keep grinding everybody, this is a unique year with many challenges. Meet the challenges head on and win each day!! STAY MENTALLY TOUGH!!