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Title: Developing a Functional Coaching Philosophy

Developing a Functional Coaching Philosophy
  • Don Burroughs

Popular Thoughts on Philosophy
  • When you're in the muck you can only see muck. If
    you somehow manage to float above it, you still
    see the muck but you see it from a different
    perspective. And you see other things too.
  • The point of philosophy is to start with
    something so simple as not to seem worth stating,
    and to end with something so paradoxical that no
    one will believe it.
  • Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
  • There's a difference between a philosophy and a
    bumper sticker.

Wrong Reasons for Coaching
  • Power
  • Trophies
  • Fulfill their own agenda

Right Reasons for Coaching
  • Molding a group of individuals into a team
  • Be part of the game love of the sport
  • Pass on knowledge
  • Enjoyment of teaching players to play better and
    help them develop
  • The thrill and excitement of sport
  • Help young players have fun
  • Want to share the experience with your kids
  • Nothing kills a teams spirit faster than an
    apathetic coach
  • Leadership is inspiring people to do their best

Great Coaches Are Teachers
  • Teaching them the skills
  • Teaching them how to play within the team concept
  • Teaching them how to make good decisions
  • Teaching them not to be afraid to fail
  • Teaching them character values
  • Teaching them to be successful as players and

Motivations for Successful Coaches
  • Love of coaching
  • Love of the game
  • Fear of failure
  • Need to prove to people they are good at coaching
  • Love of competition
  • The challenge itself
  • Highs of winning knowing there will be lows of

Aspects of Coaching Philosophy (1)
  • Team needs a clear idea of what theyre expected
    to do and how theyre expected to do it
  • Goal setting is a major part of motivation,
    empowerment and commitment
  • Provide knowledge, information, and feedback
    through stats
  • Verbal communication
  • Our team will work harder and play harder than
    anyone else
  • Believe in a team playing together, playing
    unselfishly and having the characteristics of a
  • No individual is more important than the team

Aspects of Coaching Philosophy (2)
  • Play smart and make good decisions
  • Total focus throughout competition
  • Team is totally positive and enthusiastic
  • Have fun and play loose
  • Play with composure in a crisis situation
  • Play with a lot of courage
  • Play with confidence
  • Play with a good attitude

Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom
  • Helps us understand fundamental questions of
    what, why and how
  • Determines how we view objects and experiences in
    our lives
  • Determines how we view people and our
    relationships with them
  • Determines how much value we place on objects and
  • Philosophical uncertainty leads to inconsistency
    in behavior

Why develop a coaching philosophy?
  • A well-developed philosophy will help you make
    difficult decisions and coach more successfully
  • Think like an accountant

Purpose of a coaching philosophy
  • Starts everyone on the same page
  • Shows how you approach the game
  • Blueprint of you as a coach
  • No surprises for anyone
  • Players make an informed decision to play for you
  • Helps you keep winning in perspective
  • Guide to coaching decisions

A philosophy consists of
  • Major objectives
  • Your beliefs or principles that you achieve your

Possible concepts in philosophy (1)
  • Winning
  • Sportsmanship
  • Time management
  • Academics
  • Setting priorities
  • Choosing captains
  • Good decisions

Possible concepts in philosophy (2)
  • Commitment by coaches players
  • Player roles
  • Substitutes
  • Trust
  • Work ethic
  • Resisting temptations
  • Coachability

Things that test your philosophy (1)
  • Parents
  • Administrators
  • College coaches observing - recruiting
  • Job security
  • Boosters
  • Personal competitiveness of the coach
  • Tradition
  • Time of season

Things that test your philosophy (2)
  • Rivalries
  • Team morale
  • Problem athletes player behavior
  • Outside distractions
  • Media
  • Staff
  • Family problems

Know your self
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-disclosure

Know your self-awareness
  • When you are at peace with yourself you can help
    your athletes be at peace with themselves
  • What you teach may well be less important than
    what you demonstrate through your character and
  • Your athletes are much more likely to become what
    you are rather than what you want them to be

Know your self-esteem
  • The inner conviction about your competency and
    worth as a human being
  • Not achieved by defeating others, but by living
    up to your own realistic standards

Know your self-disclosure
  • Must be relevant to your relationship and
    appropriate to the situation
  • If you dont self-disclose with your players,
    they wont with you

What is a successful coach? (1)
  • Wins
  • Relates to athletes
  • Motivates their players
  • Can recruit successfully (good players)
  • Has good support financially
  • Strong work ethic
  • Has right equipment facility
  • Good knowledge of the sport

What is a successful coach? (2)
  • Good staff
  • Stays educated
  • Graduates players at a high rate
  • Their players love the game when they finish
    their eligibility
  • Enjoy a lifetime friendship with former players
  • Respected by players peers
  • Mentors others in the field

Don Shula
  • Coaching philosophy sets the context and
    boundaries within which our players and coaches
    can operate. They keep me honest and heading in
    the right direction.
  • Keep winning and losing in perspective
  • Lead by example
  • Go for respect over popularity
  • Value character as well as ability
  • Work hard, but enjoy what you do

Tony DiCiccoCatch Them Being Good
  • Know your limitations and use them as strengths
  • Play hard, play to win, have fun
  • Less is more
  • The relay paradigm
  • Vulnerable, humble leadership

Tony DiCicco (cont.)
  • Validate their feelings
  • The challenge coefficient
  • Imprint vs. Perfect
  • One size doesnt fit all
  • Be prepared to take a penalty

Tony DiCicco (cont.)
  • Validate their feelings
  • The challenge coefficient
  • Imprint vs. Perfect
  • One size doesnt fit all
  • Be prepared to take a penalty

Pat SummittThe Definite Dozen
  • Respect yourself and others
  • Take full responsibility
  • Develop and demonstrate loyalty
  • Learn to be a great communicator
  • Discipline yourself so no one else has to
  • Make hard work your passion

Pat Summitt (cont.)
  • Dont just work hard, work smart
  • Put the team before yourself
  • Make winning an attitude
  • Be a competitor
  • Change is a must
  • Handle success like you handle failure

Coach Krzyzewski
  • Preseason, Regular Season, Post Season, All
  • Teaching
  • Commitment
  • Family
  • Excellence
  • Motivation

Rick Pitino
  • Build self-esteem
  • Set demanding goals
  • Always be positive
  • Establish good habits
  • Master the art ofcommunication

Rick Pitino
  • Learn from role models
  • Thrive on pressure
  • Be ferociously persistent
  • Learn from adversity
  • Survive success

Anson Dorrance
  • Players get better everyday from the competitive
    cauldron. We keep score on everything we do in

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Coaching Philosophy
  • Hopefully it is based on
  • Whats best for the kids
  • What may improve their chances of success