How you evaluate a coach impact where their focus is put in training. If you evaluate based on bench press numbers and a coach will then focus on that in training. There are a number of ways in which you can evaluate coaches: based on the scoreboard, other performance metrics, injuries, ethics, and more. What are the most important factors to consider? We debate and discuss that topic on this week’s podcast.
Notes and quotes
We start off the episode by looking at how important evaluation is, and then move on to weigh the merits of different evaluation methods and also look at how much weight ethical considerations need to be given.
- 4:00 – The importance of evaluation: “If a coach is evaluated on how strong they make an athlete, they’ll focus on building strength. How you evaluate a coach will influence what the coach does. “
- 6:00 – Separating the evaluation process from the scoreboard.
- 9:30 – Keeping athletes injury-free: “Wins are not everything. Keeping athletes healthy should be a top priority; a major injury can alter the path of a person’s life. “
- 13:30 – Different skills for different situations: “One coach might be good for developing talents, and another for working with elite egos. When you are evaluating coaches, take the context into account. “
- 17:15 – Getting everyone on the same page and examples from Nick: “If you get on the same page with the coaching staff it not only makes the athletes better, but it ensures you are evaluated on the right things as an S&C. “
- 22:00 – Developing people and the ethics of coaching: “What you say can stick with a person their whole life, good or bad. So you have to make sure you are on top of things as a coach. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- We referenced several other podcasts on this week’s episode: GAINcast 133 on getting better feedback, GAINcast 131 with Lachlan Penfold, and Episode 169 reflecting on our past season.
- For more reading on the role of character and morality in evaluating coaches, read the recent Harvard Business Review article on Ohio State University football and unethical behavior.