Sunday, May 24, 2009

3 Mentors in 3 Weeks

Thursday at the conference I mentioned that Jack Parker presented his take on some of the things that happened during this past season that ultimately led to a National Championship. Much of what he presented had to do with the coach/athlete relationship. There were many stories Coach Parker had especially that took place in the off-season where Coach Parker had to check his ego at the door in some situations and allow his captains to make some decisions regarding the direction the team would take.

I believe that a coach's effectiveness ultimately depends on the relationships they build with their athletes. The ultimate trust has to be established between the two, while still maintaining a sense of authority among the team members. It is essential that all members of the team feel comfortable with their coach and vice versa. It can be said that athletic coaching parallels managing a human business, where each athlete on the team is critical to the overall success.

Coach Parker's speech was the first of 3 coaches who I look up to that I will be meeting with in the next 3 weeks. There will be one more each of the next 2 weeks, so stay tuned...

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