We’ve all seen coach-athlete relationships break down, and rarely does it have to do with the abilities of the coach or athlete. Instead it often comes down to expectations not being fulfilled by one party. Nick Garcia discussed this topic in a blog post last week, providing some questions coaches and athletes should address to build a strong relationship. But being a complex topic, it warrants deeper discussion (and my two cents on the topic). So on this week’s episode we discuss what coaches and athletes should expect from each other and how they can both work to improve communication and strengthen the relationship.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- If you haven’t read Nick’s post, check it out first.
- A few examples of failed coaching relationships were this year’s split of world champion David Oliver from his coach Brooks Johnson, and NASCAR drive Jeff Gordon and his crew chief Ray Evernham. Hopefully there is something to learn from these examples since it is a shame to see a successful team break up.