In another thread, I shared my thoughts on what defines a Great Coach. I've included that below.
So, based upon the below definition, who are the great coaches you've had?
Great coaches possess the knowledge of their sport. They are life-long students of the skills and are constantly seeking other ideas/methods/tools to further their skills and knowledge.
Great coaches are intrinsically fed by seeing their students succeed. They truly want to share their knowledge and skill. They are the people who when find themselves in a boat, just have to offer guidance even if not on the clock officially as a coach. If they are rated judges, they find it hard to refrain from coaching when in the boat and have to actively strain themselves.
Great coaches also know how to convey concepts via a multitude of descriptions. They understand the different types of learners and use this knowledge to reach their students.
Great coaches know how to gauge their students' rate of consumption of knowledge and govern their rate of information accordingly.
That's how I measure a coach's greatness.
Who do you see as a Great Coach?
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