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Coaches are humble in victory

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Coaches are humble in victory, accept responsibility in defeat and of player conduct. A spotlight is never required for a true coach.

Amongst the many responsibilities of a coach there must be a complete commitment to prepare athletes to suit the needs of their sporting discipline, be resistant to injury with added dedication to ensuring their physical health long after their playing days are over and building a foundation of upstanding character and morals within daily teachings.

Not every athlete can be a ‘star’ but every athlete is capable of a university degree.

Coaching is a great deal more than teaching a person ‘how to play a sport well or exercise correctly’. An intelligent coach understands their responsibility is to the long term success of their athletes, on and off the field of competition, knows that to ‘win at all costs’ assures true failure and therefore must dedicate much of their time to character building. For those who coach younger athletes this absolutely must include respecting the importance of academic achievement, that further reflects a proper course load and dedication towards scholastic studies.

A true coach builds leaders of tomorrow.


Principles never have a price-tag and doing ‘right’ is never wrong.


Running central to this theme is responsibility to your athlete’s health and coaches who disrespect situations, suggesting impressionable young individuals to play when injured, are derelict of their duties and may play a role in causing a lowered quality of life in the future. This is a serious matter as we see many athletes suffering deeply problematic health issues later on in life and whilst it is not the sole responsibility of the coach, there certainly is a portion to be shared.

Quite obviously with this abbreviated description of the task of a coach, and please be aware that is merely a partial list, I have pointed out significant problems in large sections of the field. While I have never made a great deal of friends in this industry, so be it because all too often these concerns are ignored to which the public later questions the poor conduct of elite athletes without ever respecting the lack of leadership from coaches.

Simply young athletes are often victims of poor leadership of a sporting system that ignores the importance of developing ethically led individuals. Quite naturally this is not a blanket verdict on the entire industry as there many superb leaders who fight diligently on the ‘front-line’ but unfortunately it has become more rare to find coaches who respect each of the aforementioned points:

  • Build leaders of tomorrow.
  • Contribute to building a foundation of upstanding character and morals within daily teachings.
  • Prepare athletes to such that they risk of injury is lowered
  • Utilise training regimes that assist athletes are less likely to suffer a injury
  • Ensuring the physical health of athletes long after their playing days, which includes establishing positive lifestyle habits and rehabilitation of, not masking, injuries
  • Prepare athletes to suit the needs of their sporting discipline

Running adjacent to this problem is the vast difference of coaching prior to the expansion of the internet in the late 1990’s to the present-day. Coaching is not about product sales, endorsements of goods or other coaches liking (‘log-rolling’ to suit sales objectives) but building leaders of tomorrow who are positive role-models in their communities and for that matter can live healthy active lives. The best photos of a successful athlete in my opinion is not with trophies in their hand but with families around the table and I hope many years later sharing stories to their grandchildren of their efforts in sport.

For those who find my commentary objectionable or at least contest my opinion on the state of coaching, please understand I have a personal oath to improve the health of each athlete that asks for my services and direct them towards a proper education that I know, through experience, will be a positive influence in their lives. ‘This’ isn’t about sales, this is about what I believe to be the responsibility of a coach and one that I never take lightly.


Written by John Davies
©John Davies Consulting Services, 2015
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