Developing Your Coaching Portfolio

When coaches ask me what they can do to stand out in the job search process, I ask them if they have their coaching portfolio prepared. Many coaches aren’t sure what a portfolio consists of, let alone have one prepared! The coaching portfolio is a tool that provides a potential employer insight on you as a coach and a person. It can answer a lot of questions for a potential employer before an interview even takes place. It can also be the difference between getting the interview or having your resume placed at the bottom of the stack.

So what does a coaching portfolio involve? In this article, I am going to give a few examples of things that can be included in your portfolio. The portfolio should be a direct reflection of you and your philosophies on building a quality athletic program. Even if you are applying for an assistant coaching position, your portfolio should provide a look at how you would build your own program if you were the head coach. Continue reading “Developing Your Coaching Portfolio”

Players Daily Schedule

I tell the kids their new schedule the day before school starts.  I explain to them that this is not negotiable and variance wont be tolerated.  This sport has always been and will always be about discipline and working together toward a common goal.  Any player who refuses to do his part will not be happy.  Of course this sounds pretty harsh just like my parent letter comes off pretty harsh.  I find it is always easier to start off strict and get more warm and fuzzy as the season progresses.  But if you start off soft, it is almost impossible to get tougher when they start taking advantage of you. 8-) Continue reading “Players Daily Schedule”

What It Takes To Be Number One

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Continue reading “What It Takes To Be Number One”

Developing A Coaching Strategy

Coach your own personality

Don’t try to mimic your favorite coach. It will only set you up for failure. You can use parts of what he does or drills he uses but you can’t copy him 100%. You’ll be a phony and the kids will sense that. They can see right through a phony. You can emulate parts of him that fit your personality. I once coached under a very good head coach and when I became a head coach, I asked myself “What is it about him that makes him such a good coach?” I decided that his passion for the game and his level of practice intensity is what made him special. I was able to incorporate that into what I do because it also fits me. No, I don’t run the same offense or defense he ran but I coach my kids with the same level of passion and attention to detail that he did. Continue reading “Developing A Coaching Strategy”

Thick Face – Black Heart

Note: Originally, this article was published in 1996 for W.I.N. magazine. A revision was featured in GRAPPLING magazine in 2001. Following is another revision I found at as well as my own thoughts on the subject. This line of thinking may not be for everyone. You may agree and you may not. If you do not agree that is ok, but please do not judge those who believe in it; instead accept that there is more than one way to accomplish your goals. Continue reading “Thick Face – Black Heart”