The recent firing of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice for physically and verbally abusing his players … caught on video … stimulated some reflection on coaches I have known.
My first coach was my father, in little league baseball. He was understandably more patient with our teammates than with my brothers and me, but I don’t recall any major flashes of anger.
My favorite coaches were the teacher types, communicating the how and why of the game.
Conditioning became more important as I grew older, and coaches drove us hard. But I realized the payoff for that conditioning was a good performance and often, victory.
Coaches also imparted their philosophies about sportsmanship and how to win and lose with grace and dignity.
I never had a coach I hated or couldn’t get along with. I figured if they let me on the team, I owed them something.
Athletic coaches should never take their responsibilities lightly.
Our thought for today is from Brooks Clark:
“Good coaches teach respect for the opposition, love of competition, the value of trying your best, and how to win and lose graciously.”