A Coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime
– Billy Graham
For anyone who has played ice hockey, we all have memories of coaches we have had in the past. We remember how their behaviors, words, ranting and raving affected us. We may not always remember exactly what was said but we remember how it made us feel. There are some coaches we would walk through a brick wall for. Others, we tolerated and learned to cope with in the moment.
So, what made the difference? Was it coaching styles, connection, or was it all about winning?
In a sport with such outcome performance based mindset, it may seem that winning coaches would be the coaches we remember the most. However, as I reflect on my past coaches, we did not always have winning seasons. Instead many of my favourite coaches had the following attributes that made a positive impact in my life:
- Confidence – The Collateral Benefit of Being Present In the Moment!
- Glen Hanlon – Broadening the Talent Pool
- Ray Ferraro – Creating a Winning Environment
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