Use all the God given attributes you have with your team.
Use the light that shone for you.
Apply the best characteristics/traits from your high school/college coach/parents/minister/teacher/mentor. How would they handle this situation? Don’t be reluctant to call them.
Be able to sleep at night.
Exhibit character and integrity in everything you do- Do what is right regardless of the player or situation.
Inspire through your example
Outwork your team in preparing for practice, games, trips and meetings. Show them how important preparation is at all times.
Trust those around you
Challenges and distractions will take a huge amount of your time. Delegate.
Be what you hope to see
Be positive, encouraging and enthusiastic. Remember you set the tone.
You get what you allow
Biggest complaint I hear from former players is “These players won’t do what I say, or they aren’t motivated.” Remember, you get what you expect.
Stay on your path
Don’t let one bad moment by one player define your practice or a game, remain focused on so many who count on you. There will be time to talk later.
Be willing to hire someone who could take your place.
Hire an assistant coach who isn’t like you, and not afraid to question your decisions. If you both always agree one of you isn’t necessary.
Step to the front if you lose, and to the back in a win.
Always give your team credit for success and always take the blame for losses or bad times.
Impacting players lives in a positive way should be your goal.
Coaching is about moments, not championships and trophies. Every day you’ll have the opportunity to connect with players in a positive way.
Listen with the intent to hear and understand.
Allow someone to vent, you don’t have to win every battle. Listening is one of the most important skills you’ll need in this profession.
Everything you and your team do is a reflection of the school, your family and yourself. Remind yourself even in the toughest of times.
Be willing to step up and lead
Decisions will be a big key in how effective you’ll be with your team- players are watching and recording how you handle it. Be consistent in holding all players accountable.
Build decision makers
Whenever possible allow players to make decisions on the field or court. There will be many times when this is necessary. Take away their complete dependence on you. When they say I did it all myself, you’ve done your job.
I wish you the best in your career, and positively influencing other coaches