Today I had the first training session of my 46thyear of coaching, a dryland training session at 4:55 AM with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks. It has been an adventure – a journey of continual learning and discovery that started with Santa Barbara High Track in 1969.
Coaching is craft that takes time to learn; you can never stop learning if you want to be good at your craft. You cannot learn to coach in a book, on the Internet or sitting in a lecture hall. You must coach to learn to coach. You must get your hands dirty, do the grunt work, make some mistakes, fail forward & keep learning. For me it has been a constant balancing act with staying current with the latest methods and research and doing what I know has worked. You must constantly iterate and fine tune to stay ahead of the game.
As I look back on my career starting in 1969 much has changed, but the fundamentals have not changed. Don’t stray far from the basics. Look for simple solutions to complex problems. More than ever I am a coach of people who play sports. God willing I am looking forward to many more years. There is so much more to learn and share in my evolving role of a mentor coach through GAIN.