The Characteristics of Great Coaches

In my Introduction to Coaching course, I used the following presentation by John Stoszkowski as a guide to help the students write out their coaching philosophies.

One of the questions is to list three characteristics of great coaches. The students in the class are primarily former or current athletes – only a handful actually coach. Therefore, their responses might resemble those that your players would offer.

According to my class, great coaches are:

  • Passionate (10)
  • Committed/Dedicated/Determined (10)
  • Knowledgable about their sport (7)
  • Respectful of others (6)
  • Leaders (5)
  • Motivating (4)
  • Honest (4)
  • Good communicators (4)
  • Caring/Supportive (4)
  • Inspiring (3)
  • Patient (3)
  • Hard-working (3)
  • Adaptable (2)
  • Energetic (2)
  • Organized (2)
  • Disciplined (2)
  • Innovative/Creative (2)
  • Good teachers (2)
  • Goal-oriented
  • Having Fun
  • Open-minded
  • Diligent
  • Efficient
  • Example
  • Optimistic
  • Likable
  • Humble
  • Consistent
  • Competitive

If these are the characteristics of great coaches, how many of them do you possess?

By Brian McCormick, M.S.S., PES
Coach/Clinician, Brian McCormick Basketball
Author, Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League

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