Hiring coaches, like coaching itself, is an art and science. Just as we do in training, you need to have a process that not only helps to hire a candidate (recruit) but also evaluates (assessment) them once they have worked for you to develop them into better coaches (preparation and performance). When we think of coaching excellence we often only thing about this last step, but the hiring process is just as critical. With that in mind, what makes a coach a “good” hire?
About Chris McCormick
Chris McCormick is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at Florida Atlantic University.
In times such as this, many things can come to mind that will comfort us in the unknown. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Regardless of your beliefs or opinions, this text goes on to explain the ebbs and flows of life and how little control we have over the events in our lives.
Mental toughness might be the most cliché term used in sports today. There is no way to the top if you don’t have “it.” When a team loses, coaches most commonly point to mental toughness for where things fell short. While it is easy to point a finger at mental toughness, it is harder to actually understand what all these coaches are talking about. Let’s take a minute to unwrap this idea. If mental toughness is so crucial to success, why do so many coaches struggle to define it or share a common definition, yet time and time again know it when they see it?