A coaching philosophy clarifies the fundamental reason for coaching and the coach’s core values. This statement should identify and spell out three items: The main purpose for coaching Personal values Leadership style Your coaching philosophy dictates why you do anything and everything within your team and program structure. A full understanding of the philosophy will… Continue reading Coaching Philosophy – Why Do You Coach?
I have known Max Stanley for ten years in various roles including coach, fan, and friend. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him develop on and off the field into a respected member of the community and outstanding individual. In the spring, I asked Max to answer a few questions about his process in becoming the… Continue reading The 21st Century Athletic Development Process – Max Stanley
This spring as the coach of the Savannah Arts Academy Girls Soccer team, developing leadership skills was an important aspect of our seasonal plan. At the top of the list, I ranked communication as the most important aspect of leadership. One way we worked towards developing our communication skills was through Captain presentations. The five… Continue reading One Way to Enhance the Leadership Experience
I have had a few days to reflect about the United Soccer Coaches annual convention this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA and as I look back, I thoroughly believe that after attending the convention for the last 15 years, the 2018 version was one of the greatest professional experiences of my life. Three impactful events… Continue reading #Conventioned
In the lead up to the United Soccer Coaches Convention taking place in Philadelphia, PA from January 17-21, I contacted one of the leading coaches of youth and high school soccer in the New York area to chat with me about how we can fix our soccer problems in the United States. Steve Mastronardi has had… Continue reading Fixing Soccer in the United States
What is sport coaching? Coaching is many things to many people and generally different definitions and thoughts follow when discussing the topic. To get on board with what we are attempting to get better at, I believe that a detailed concept of the term coaching should be created. Through observation, I have realized what I do… Continue reading What is Coaching?
There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. Derek Jeter Within the life of an athlete, learning how to provide the appropriate level of consistent effort for excellence could be the most important topic for sport/life success, skill development, and participant… Continue reading The Importance of Teaching Effort
Expert coaches provide sport and life instruction during each personal interaction. In the previous blog post titled, “The Way Coaches Should Teach” the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs) were introduced. Within this post, it was loosely detailed how to create a baseball practice in which the focus was proficient fielding and coping under pressure.… Continue reading The Great Difference Maker: Coach…
Appropriate organizational leadership within athletics is an intriguing topic that promotes various opinions. When performed effectively, the organization flourishes in all on and off field aspects. On the other hand, ineffective leadership will quickly ruin the experience of everyone involved in the program. Leadership establishes the culture of the organization which plays a crucial role… Continue reading Servant Leaders = Servant Coaches
Breaking the cycle of status quo coach, parent, and athlete behavior is a common theme on the Educated Coaches blog. For this upcoming fall season, let’s go one step further and encourage positive change through focused behavior. Taking a tip from the website My One Word, the fall season seems like a natural time to… Continue reading One Word for the Fall Season