In 2008, Pat Williams, the GM of the Orlando Magic and a tremendous motivational speaker put out a book, “The Ultimate Coaches’ Clinic.” It is a fascinating book because of the style Pat utilized. He surveyed over 1000 coaches and administrators for insights to what is important to successfully do their job. From time to time I will share a few but it is a great book to own and I highly recommend it. Today’s list comes from Sue Gunter. I had the absolute great privilege of working for Coach Gunter and learned a great deal about coaching and life. I was fascinated by her five points of advice and can tell you she followed them to the letter. She is absolutely one of the best coaches to have every coached – any gender, any sport.
1. Empower the people around you, from the janitor to the athletic director. You do that by being sincere, caring about others, and then putting it into practice.
2. The character of your players and the program is more important than anything else.
3. Be flexible enough to change. Always assess the situation and be willing to change, add or delete.
4. Take input from those around you.
5. Constantly be developing the people around you. It’s more than delegating.