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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ego and Ideals

Phil Martelli once said to me “coaching is egotistical by nature”. I believe this to be true. You have to believe that what you are bringing to the table for your players is better than the next guys. If you don’t believe in it, why should your players. This belief should not be founded on bravado alone. Make yourself as expert as you can. Learn as much as you can about teaching, about skills, about strength training, about systems, about sports psychology. Make sure you have fully learned every nuance to whatever the subject is, before you introduce it to your team.
But most importantly keep your ego in check. Make sure your Ideals are bigger than your Ego. Coaching is about relationships. It’s about mentoring. It’s about getting people to work together for a common goal. It’s about learning about yourself, about your team-mates and about your team. Be learned and humble.

Is it me or is it them
Coach Paul

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