We often talk about training methods and success stories on this podcast. But coaching has its struggles too. On this week’s podcast we talk about some of the struggles coaches face but often don’t talk about: athlete commitment, motivation, the role of parenting in athlete success, and how talent can make a coach look good.
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- Parenting was one topic we spoke about in this episode, and covered in more detail on Episode 106. We also referenced the success story of one of Nick’s athletes, which he looked at in more detail in this article.
Key quotes and topics
- 0:00 – Introduction.
- 1:30 – The role of good athletes in success: “The reason why I’ve had some success is cause I’ve had good athletes.”
- 6:00 – Dedication: “I think almost every coach when they start out falls into that trap. You assume every athlete wants as much as you did it. You can’t want it more than the athlete wants.”
- 13:00 – Parental commitment: “What you commit to as a kid, your parents need to commit to as well. They need to understand that.” “Teachers and coaches are getting tired of the fact that they’re putting a lot into it. And the parents of the kids they’re coaching, and the kids themselves, aren’t as dedicated as they need to be.”
- 17:30 – Coaching private athletes.
- 20:15 – Different forms of commitment.
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