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May 2008

May 2008


The Definition of a Coach

by: Chip Baker
Assistant Football Coach, Conroe High School (TX)
© May 2008

The other day I was at a sporting event with a friend who is a fellow coach. Behind us a student hollered, “Hey Coach.” We both automatically turned our heads in response to find that he wasn't addressing either of us. This athlete was talking to his coach, seated in our general vicinity. The athlete got his coach's attention. He appeared to be in somewhat of a panic, but whatever the coach was saying to him, it seemed to calm him down. Eventually, he smiled. Observing this interaction made me reflect on the job we do as coaches on a daily basis, and even more generally, the life we live as a teacher/coach. It brought to mind all the coaches I have had the privilege to play for, work under, and work with. I have learned many great things from just being in their presence. I realized, these people, these coaches, all share trait....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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