What makes a good coach?  There are many variables to this question.  However I would like to discuss one of them that I feel gets overlooked far too many times.  Even though I try to go to a high school football game every Friday night, I still am unable to see every athlete I have the pleasure of working with play that night.  As a result of this I get lots of text messages from my high school football athletes on Saturday morning telling me how well they played the night before.  Which always results in me getting goose pumps and I am overwhelmed with satisfaction.  Not for me, but for them.  After all first step to being a good coach is understanding that it is not about YOU (the coach, trainer); it’s about that young athlete that is standing in front of you.

     Far to many times coaches, trainers (I am referring to strength and conditioning coaches) like to put their wants, needs and egos before the young athlete’s needs.  I have heard many of coaches talking saying “I want to win states so badly” or “I really want to beat this team, I don’t care for their coach”.  Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to win, in fact I personally think losing SUCKS!!!!  I feel that when winning becomes your priority and not your athlete(s) then there is a problem.

    After all, our main job as coaches and trainers, when working with the youth (6-18) is to teach proper athletic skills, and focus on Long Term Athletic Development.  The beauty of this is if done properly, you WILL win.  We are put under so much pressure as coaches to win, that lots of times we don’t spend enough time teaching and developing.  When dealing with younger athletes (ages 6-14) it is especially crucial to focus on teaching and developing.  In the long run your hard work and time will pay off.  Trust me, there is no greater feeling when you get a message from one of your athlete’s parents thanking you for what you have done for their child, and that their child gives you all the credit for making them better. Humbly, I just let them know that their child was the one who did all of the work; I just guided them in the right direction.

     As stated above there are many variables that make a great coach, but if we can all just realize that it isn’t about US, but about the young athletes, then that is a start in becoming a great coach.  Remember, these young athletes look up to us, let’s make sure we give them something good to look up to. 

      This is the type of coaching that I have implemented at the new Athletic Revolution Matthews. When a child is brought to our facility, there wants and needs become a priority, and they are guaranteed to receive the best in Long Term Athletic Development.

Until next time,

Coach George

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Comments on “THE MAKING OF A GOOD COACH” (5)

  1. Barbara Walsh

    George, your vision for your athletes is admirable. Must be from all the good training you received from your own family! Continued success in the development of the athletes who come under your training. Your philosophy is right on target.

  2. Giancarlo Gutierrez, DC

    Coach George, I could not agree with you more! Although coaches have the best intentions in improving their athletes performance and knowledge of their respective sport/game I have noticed in the past several years some coaches expect their players to be at optimal performance in several months of practice and training. As a Chiropractor I have had dozens and dozens of school athletes injured from what I assessed as improper load for their physical characteristic that promotes biomechanical dysfunction thus increasing the risk of injury. I explain to these young athletes that it takes time and dedication to properly train for their respective sport. I also have gone to the extent to respectfully discuss with Coaches that if they continue with certain programs in their school they will have more injuries that can be prevented with programs such as yours. I give an analogy to Coaches that it is similar to a Cardiac patient that he/she does not know they have high blood pressure and cholesterol. They seem fine but in time they probably will have a heart attack. They could casually bend over to pick up a box and have a heart attack. Do they blame the box for their heart attack? No. They have underlying conditions that caused the heart attack. Picking up the box was the action that brought it on but it could have been prevented. I feel what you do does just that with athletic injuries. It reduces the risk of injury which thus increases performance. As a colleague once stated to me, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint!” I really find this to be true. I agree with your assessment Coach George and I truly believe your approach is the wave of the future for young athletes. Why not. Professional athletes follow it today.

  3. James Xidon

    Coach George, please accept my best wishes for a successful program. It is about time someone is iniating a positive, healthy program for our youth without the egos of adults. Thank you.

  4. Brian Adams

    Your desire and passion to teach a young guy or girl will truly help you succeed with AR! The kids really respect you and it is clearly visible to see the self-confidence that is built through your workout programs.

  5. Right on, Coach Maoury!

    It’s about the kids.

    It’s about Long Term Athletic Development.

    It’s about time we all started paying attention to those first 2 realities. Coaches, parents and trainers!

    See you soon!


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