Coachable

As a coach, you know the immense reward when you have athletes who are coachable. How does an athlete become truly coachable? It happens when he or she recognizes that they would benefit from listening to you as their coach. More than that, they realize that they need your coaching. They understand that they don’t have what it takes to …

Under the Greatest

Think of the coach for whom you have the greatest respect and admiration. If you had the chance to work under this coach, you’d listen to everything they said, eager to learn and grow as a result of their coaching. You’d gladly do whatever they ask of you because you trust them. Even during times when the work feels hard, …

Concern vs. Influence

We’ve all experienced sports situations in which we’re tempted to be distracted or even derailed by things outside of our control.  “The lights in this stadium aren’t very good so my team is going to have trouble seeing the ball.”  “Why did it have to be so windy today?  My team won’t be able to run good times.”  “My players …

Listening Well

Here’s the goal: you want to be an effective, transformational coach who honors Christ over the long haul. What skills do you need in order for this to happen? Among the many important abilities that could be discussed, one crucial skill is often overlooked: you need to be a good listener. God through his Word instructs us to make listening …

The Coach’s Mandate

A mandate is an order or commission to do something, often given by one in authority.  The Apostle Paul, nearing the end of his life, gives this mandate to his young protégé Timothy: “I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up …

Leaders are Learners

Roland Thornqvist has been coaching for 24 years, including the last 19 years as the University of Florida’s head women’s tennis coach.  During his time at Florida, he’s led his team to 11 NCAA Final Four appearances and 4 national championships.  His overall coaching record is 512-121.  He clearly knows what he’s doing as a coach! Even so, Coach Thornqvist …

What You Know When You Don’t Know

Coaching during a pandemic has taught us many things, one of which is this: we know that we don’t know.  Is your team going to be able to compete this year?  “I think so, but I really don’t know.”  Are you going to be able to make it through the season without any additional interruptions caused by the pandemic?  “I …

Problems or Opportunities?

During my days of playing high school football, some Friday nights were cold, rainy, windy, and generally miserable – to the average person, at least.  But not to our coach.  As we went through pregame warm-ups, Coach Thomas would repeatedly say with great conviction, “This is Redbird weather!  Our opponent is over there worrying about how bad the weather is, …

Self Control

“Do as I say but not as I do” is not a very effective coaching strategy.  Yet we tend to default to this strategy in certain situations.  We instruct our players to keep their emotions in check, but then we lose it when someone makes a mistake or a ref misses a call.  We drill into our players the importance …

Strength Under Control

In sports, showing weakness is viewed as something to be avoided at all costs.  How about the quality of gentleness?  Is being gentle the equivalent of being weak and therefore something you as a coach should resist?  Or could gentleness actually be an essential quality if you desire to be a coach that is successful in what matters most? In …