In the course of my fifty years of coaching I have been fortunate to have had great mentors, influences and role models. I learned very early that I was not entitled to anything I had to pay my dues and earn the right to move forward. I constantly had to prove my competence and continue to improve.
In today’s world with increasing specialization and fast tracking I worry about the up and coming generation of coaches. This is an attempt to help guide this generation as to what matters in coaching. Start here with this as a self-evaluation exercise. Use this to create a profile of yourself beyond your resume.
- Statement of Philosophy of Training and Coaching (Two Paragraphs Maximum)
- Specific Short Term and Long-Term Goals
- Education and relevant course work
- All Coaching Experience – In any sport at any level. Specifically, whom did you coach? What were your actual coaching responsibilities?
- Teaching Experience – Formal and informal (Sunday School counts)
- Areas of Coaching Expertise – Be Specific & include examples
- What are your Strengths? What makes you special and stand out from your peers?
- What are your Weaknesses? Where do you need to improve? How do you plan to address your weaknesses?
- Appearance – Do you look the part? Are you fit, and do you present yourself well?
- Skill Proficiency – Do you have the ability to demonstrate what you are teaching?
- Work Ethic – Are you willing to go the extra mile and work until the job is done? Give examples of how and when you have done this.
- Certifications & Accreditations – List all in any field
- List three books on Training or Athletic Enhancement that you have read in the past three months
- List three books not related to sport or training that you have read in the last three months?
- List three refereed journal articles that you have read in the last three months
- What are you doing on a regular basis to improve your knowledge and ability as a coach? What is you action plan to improve your skills going forward?
- What will you do that will be special?