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Bridging the Generation Gap
Are some Legendary Coaches having trouble connecting with today\'s youth?by: Steve Silverman
© July 2004
77, 77, 68, 74, 67, hut? No, it’s not some ill-fated snap
count devoted to offensive linemen.
Instead, those are the ages of some of the most respected coaches in the business.
Men like John Gagliardi of St. John’s (Minn.) University, Dick Vermeil
of the Kansas City Chiefs, Joe Paterno of Penn State, Bobby Bowden of Florida
State and Lou Holtz of South Carolina.
There’s no doubt about the track record of these men as all are championship-level
coaches who have been dominant over the years. But all are three or four times
as old as the men they coach on the field. Isn’t it increasingly difficult
to lead men when the age differential starts to reach mountainous proportions?
To a man, they all answer with a resounding no, and that’s not surprising.
While older coaches can easily t....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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