When you’re a coach, your desires outcomes and agenda must be in the best interest of your players…
I`m going to assume that most of you reading this fit into 1 of 3 categories:
I am a coach myself. I am a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Emerging Speaker & Life Coach to summarize. With my experience, and through continued learning efforts, I enjoy observing characteristics of “great” coaches. I find that every great coach possess specific qualities. Some coaches may have all the textboook knowledge, and even experience to “fit” the role of a coach, but it takes much more then just resumé qualifications to make a coach truly great. You know, the coach that makes their professional athletes cry because of the emotionally supportive role they’ve played in their players careers, and ultimately in their lives.
I have teamed up with some amazing coaches, mentors and athletes to get their professional opinions on what it is that great coaches must possess. First let me introduce each coach to you
Former professional athlete, who is now creating 1% Mindsets – Driven By Impossible. Separate from the pack by turning barriers into opportunities, focusing on what you think, say, and choose to believe. Live the 1% lifestyle!
Founder and President of Scrimmage Line Mentoring and Consulting Corp. A former Division I, full scholarship student athlete with over 13+ years experience in professional counseling in various sectors, and mentoring student athletes via crisis intervention and matriculation skill training. Damion is essentially a “Student Athlete GPS” as he provides a unique blend of laser focused, appropriate counseling/ coaching/ mentorship to ensure successful matriculation, and seamless transition to life without playing sports. In addition, Damion is registered with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (ASW #27762) to provide clinically supervised individual and group psychotherapy. Damion has experience providing culture specific crisis intervention. (Damion Caldwell – Walk Through Inc.
Professional American and Canadian football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Beyond being a professional athlete, Lorne is also an entrepreuner and business owner. He believes in spreading health and fitness awareness to all individuals through education, and providing proper tools to everyone regardless of income. Above all, Lorne is a great friend. He is someone who enjoys helping people and giving back to his community.
Courtney Bell, 28 years old
The Founder and Executive Director of 501(c) 3 nonprofit, People First Foundation. Well recognized as a number one advocate in Northern Nevada for homeless, transient and low-income youth, families and people. Advocate on behalf of those who demonstrate efforts of helping themselves. What’s even more amazing is Courtney’s story. He has no relationship with nor has he ever met his biological father, raised by single mother living in and out of motels. His motto? “Empowering Poeple to Empower Themselves”.
I started by asking each of them the following question: What does a great coach possess?
DAMION: A great coach does not let his ego impede the progress of the individual or team that he is coaching and mentoring. A great coach has respect for the game, craft, and the individual that he is coaching. In addition, it is equally important for them to be active listeners with communication techniques that create a safe environment for the players to grow as a whole. A great coach has the ability to relate and connect with people. A great coach also has the ability to convince the players to believe in themselves, and this is THE most important attribute in my eyes. The coaches that are able to create this type of spiritual impact has players that will run through a brick wall because it is not about himself, but about the team.
KODJO: A great coach should have an impregnable strength of character. S/he should be able to demonstrate to ability to break up a seemingly huge task into small digestible pieces so that people do not feel overwhelmed. S/he must be patient but tenacious and never take no for an answer. S/he ought to have his/her emotions under control at all times and never act or react on impulse. A great coach must ultimately show that s/he is duplicable, otherwise what’s the point of coaching if you do not expect your mentee to one day be a coach herself.
DAYNE: A great coach possesses the ability to look into the soul of his athlete, knowing what makes him/her tick from the inside-out. Correct information is obviously important, but elite coaching is an art form. Acquiring the knowledge specific to the sport is relatively easy … applying it to each individual athlete, taking into consideration their triggers and motivations, is what separates great from good.
There are so many qualities to great coaching – the ability to motivate, inspire, be consistent, discipline, and adjusting to every possible situation. The best coaches, in my opinion, hold their athletes to a level higher than 99% can fathom, and find ways to bring their potential to life. They understand coaching is an opportunity to dramatically change lives, win or lose. Their top priority is teaching life lessons, rather than how to only “win” on the field or court. Phenomenal coaching is more about life than it is about sport – melting the two together is the art form that creates the elite 1%.
As a leader / coach yourself, what advice would you give to others aspiring to become coaches as their
COURTNEY: Let it come to you. Do not force anything. Keep in mind this all comes in time. The best approach is to live as you teach…by example. Do not be one to be scared to be great… exceptional, authentic, and remember if you allow this, if you do, you are going to at best flirt with greatness instead of tapping into it.
Bryce: It’s not a career, it’s a lifestyle. Any leadership position; teaching, organizational/business, personal training, sports and most importantly, your relationships and your families…requires coaching. Once you become a coach, in order to be a great one, you are always a coach.
Is providing motivation the main role of a coach?
BRYCE: No. It is people’s jobs to motivate themselves. They have to. A coach’s main job is to maximize his followers talents…get them to their goals and where they want to go. He must TEACH people how to motivate themselves. Yes, somebody who is being coached must plug in and get around the other people on the team or the coach that uplifts them the most. And uplifting isn’t some therapeutic session where that person shares their feelings; it’s them briefly telling the coach what’s on their mind, where they are struggling, and the coaches job to guide their THOUGHTS, and to paint the vision. The coach must also ALWAYS BE UPBEAT, and UPLIFTING. Speaking life into those who follow.