Be The Ultimate Sports Coach
The Definitive Practical Guide to Coaching Youth Sports. The How, the Why, and What to Avoid.
I am the product of educators. My father was a high school principal and my mother was a stay-at-home mom prior to teaching math, English, and whatever else was needed for adults to attain their GED. Education was important in our family and I was raised with a strong sense of right vs. wrong. My coaches were firm taskmasters so I was no stranger to hard work in all aspects of life. The principles I learned from my parents and coaches serve as the basis for my approach to coaching.
I have two adult sons. When they were three and seven, their mother and I divorced. She moved several states away so I gained custody and raised my sons. I recognized very early that these were not quiet, mild-mannered children. Since I knew sports, I channeled their ample energies into athletics. Naturally I followed. That was the beginning of my love affair with coaching.
I have coached football, basketball, and baseball for over twenty years. My players have ranged in age from 6 to 18 year old seniors in high school. There are certain skills that are needed more at one level than at others, but the basic principles remain the same throughout this age range. I also provide radio commentary in football, basketball, baseball, and softball. I have done play-by-play but my specialty is color and analysis. Game knowledge and the ability to communicate it serve me very well in coaching and broadcasting.
I was fortunate to have a good upbringing and a strong education. I was lucky to have coaches whose messages beyond the sport dovetailed nicely with the principles I learned at home. I have passed these along to many players over the years but I have seen too many coaches who did not grasp the concept. It is my hope that this book will help coaches everywhere to understand that the best coaching involves more than just the “X”s and “O”s.