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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6 Responses to “The Characteristics of Great Coaches”

  1. Thanks to @JohnStoszkowski (and my students) for the inspiration for latest blog:

  2. Coach Steve says:

    Thanks for the post coach.

    I believe great teachers and disciplined are underrated by your student 🙂

  3. The Characteristics of Great Coaches via @brianmccormick

  4. That is great food for thought and a great way to figure out what some of your stronger and weaker points are. After you figure them out then you can make a game plan on how to improve your weaker points. Good article.

  5. […] will tend to coach in the same manner. Part of being a good coach is being a good person: When I asked my class about the characteristics of great coaches, they responded with qualities such as passion, […]

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