There a few careers that young sports enthusiast’s dream more fondly of than sports coaching, besides being a player of course. These days there are more than a few avenues open to pursue your dream of sports coaching. Besides coaching a team, you could open your own coaching business to privately coach individuals or teams. You could even venture into personal training or nutrition if that is more your field.
Regardless of which path you choose to follow, there are some key attributes to making a successful sports coaching career. Things which will help you to motivate and get the best out of your individuals and teams and hopefully propel your career even further.
Be a Leader
We often hear discussions and read articles about the different between being a boss and being a leader. These are largely correct assumptions. In so many ways you need to exemplify leadership in a way that is inspirational to others. In doing so, this will create an atmosphere of trust and also challenge. You can also be sure that in many situations, even if your team or individuals don’t agree with your course of action, they will still follow you. This particularly is down to trusting you as their leader.
Following on from the previous point. It is vital as a sports coach that you inspire the trust of others. After all, they will follow your direction in the heat of competition which can decide the future of their careers. This can be done in a number of ways but the most important thing you can do to help inspire trust is support your players or team. This means preparing them to the full by putting in your maximum effort and in good times and bad knowing they can rely on your support and fair evaluation. In many cases there is huge overlap between sports coaching and business ownership. Some of the most highly successful companies in the world, Disney, Google, Coca-Cola are allowed to thrive because their workers feel supported by their management teams.
Lead by Example
Nothing will inspire the faith of a client or team you are coaching than you leading from the front. This does not mean taking the field together, but merely that you are active and involved in the daily activities. This will instill the trust of a group much more than leading from behind a desk or micromanaging people.
By showing that you too are willing to pitch in and get your hand dirty, you are helping to create a culture of teamwork within a group which will stand them in good stead both in sports, business and life as a whole. In this regard, win or lose, you will be judged favorably as a leader with positive communication skills.
Whilst certainly one of the toughest jobs out there. With the correct group and the right hard work and combination of attributes, sports coaching can be one of the most rewarding career choices there is.