Lately I have many discussions with friends and colleagues about achieving working and life balance. The discussions reminded of a book one of my athletes gave me almost forty years ago – The Giving Tree. I suggest all you coaches and athletes read it and meditate on it. How much can you give? 49 years into this coaching journey I am still try to achieve some kind of balance. It seems the nature of coaching is to give more without consideration for yourself. I hope I have a few more years to figure this out. You young coaches figure it out as early as you can and you will have a long and happy life reflected in your coaching.
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.