GBMWolverine: Coach’s Corner — Michigan Football — Coaching A Treatise For The Fascinated
This is a series we will be running with many articles following.
There are few sports-addicted adults that, at one time or another, have not entertained flights of the imagination as to what it would be like to be a well-known, successful coach. Such images usually include the glory and esteem that many successful coaches gather through a combination of factors, mostly winning. Hail, the conquering hero: “Glory to Egypt,” as the hero Radames continuously heard in the magnificent second act of the Verdi masterwork Aida. Well, those who follow opera know the story did not end in glory for Radames in Act 4. The point is there is much more to coaching than daydreams of glory or armchair second-guessing.
The overall purposes of this treatise are: (1) to provide a glimpse into the very nature of coaching though investigating the construct of coaching as an art and science; (2) delve into definitions and descriptions of coaching; (3) discussing the professional preparation for coaches; (4) describe the benefits of coaching to the various stakeholders (including the coach); (5) identify the limitations and burdens coaching can place upon the coaching practitioner; (6) identify and discuss the qualifications and helpful preparation for entering coaching; (7) distinguish the values coaches must accept, and (8) define the characteristics and attributes that separate the average from the master coach.
Enjoy, and on your own judge how much of what is in this treatise matches your beforehand perception of what coaching entails.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff
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