Please join me for a fun series. My mission, and I’ve chosen to accept it, is to write a post based on each letter of the alphabet. The English major inside of me is very excited about this project…and my inner nerd is even more fired up! Keep checking back as I tackle the intangibles of sport…from A to Z.
I believe in coaching. I think it’s a great profession that enables me to be around young people who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams. For all of you coaches out there, I believe that what we do makes a difference, that it has an impact, and that our student-athletes are better for their interactions with us.
Lest you think I’m as altruistic as Mother Teresa, I receive a lot from coaching as well! What is it that propels me to action in the morning even though I’m dog tired and worn out? The love of coaching! In fact, I spent all of July talking about how much I love it…check it out here.
Here are the 6 reasons I can’t get enough of the coaching profession
- Female athletes. What a great opportunity to give our young ladies a leg up for their future lives after they’re finished playing! They learn leadership, team building, managing different personality types, winning and losing with grace…and all sorts of other things that will help them in their future. As a sidenote for the moms out there *stepping onto soapbox*: I think you’re doing a great thing! You’re showing your athletes (and your kids) that they can coach and still maintain a family. That’s a relatively new thing and I think it’s invaluable. *stepping off of soapbox*
- Impacting lives. During my TEDtalk series, I wrote about a Tony Robbins talk called, Why We Do What We Do, where he spoke about the six human needs. Basically, they’re the six things that everyone requires to feel whole and happy. The sixth need is “the ability to contribute beyond ourselves” and I believe that’s what the coaching profession provides…and it’s pretty awesome!
- Like-minded coworkers. How many people get to go into the office each day knowing that they’re surrounded with people who value what they value? I’d guess, not many! Whether you’re at the highest levels of collegiate Division I or a middle school coach, you know that preparing students for the future is everyone’s number one goal.
- Motivation to stay fit. While I know that I can’t perform at the level I did as a collegiate athlete, I can find ways to stay in shape so that my athletes know that everything doesn’t fall apart after your competition days are finished. Besides, the fact that I can workout when I go to work prohibits a lot of the excuses I’d like to use (too busy, too tired, out of the way, no time) to skip a workout session.
- Game day! I wrote about it during the I Love Coaching month series…check it out. Here’s a taste: After the warmup music is turned off, lineups are announced, and the teams wish each other luck, it’s time to see if it all worked; to see if the preparation was adequate and if we can respond to the moves being made by our opponent. I love watching my team execute the game plan, and seeing their faces when things goes well, and their fortitude when they don’t.
- Success. Building teams, giving them the tools they need to be successful now and in the future, winning on the court, advocating for my student-athletes, a commitment to lifelong learning (for myself), good working relationships with my coworkers and administration, collaborating with campus folks outside of the athletics department, alumni who are proud of their experience with me and like to come back to visit, being a helpful member of the greater community. All of those things sound like success to me!
I’m sure you love coaching too…or you wouldn’t read this blog! Don’t forget why you do what you do and hold your head high. The coaching profession is a wonderful thing!