I look back at my life in athletics and I try to enumerate the great coaches I had throughout my sports career. For me personally, I consider a great coach to be someone that not only taught me skills but, more significantly, gave me life lessons that I still carry with me to this day (after all, the odds of being a pro athlete are slim to none). Truthfully, I can count the coaches that made a lasting impression on me on one hand.
As a coach of young, aspiring athletes, I want the kids under my tutelage to, someday down the road, look back and have me included on one of their counting fingers.
My job as a coach is to get each athlete to their potential. Even so, my greater calling is to give these young athletes self-confidence and self-esteem. These qualities are far more important than hitting a curve ball, throwing a spiral or dribbling a basketball. These qualities are indispensable when it comes to handling the challenges and disappointments that life will surely bring their way.
As a coach, I have a great responsibility. I also have a great opportunity to impact so many lives in a positive way.