Every coach should have a philosophy that guides the players on their behaviour on the field as well as off the field. My off-field philosophy is Good things happen to good people. This is how I direct and lead conversations with players. I am going to discuss the art and science of coaching.
For me, the art of coaching is having one-on-one relationships with players, understanding what makes them tick and playing a big role in their development – not only as a player but a human being. The key here is to invest in the development of the player from a human perspective, not see him or her as a robot who has to listen to your tactics.
The science of coaching is the tactics, periodized training, and on-field planning of your team as a coach. This aspect is important for any coach: to direct players on-field as well as give them the technical and tactical feedback while they are playing and training.
The human aspect, in my observations, is probably the most important. What do we do as coaches to get to know our players off the field or get to know what they like or don’t like outside of sport? We have all heard the saying “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). This speaks of that. Below are two articles showing us examples of how we as coaches can achieve this:
The good coaches have all the best technical ability but the best coaches are the ones that have the technical ability as well as an understanding of how to manage players from a human perspective. The best coaches understand the balance between the art of coaching vs the science of coaching and adapt accordingly within their players.
At the end of the day, players will not only remember a coach who made him better technically but also a coach who has made them a better human being and added value to their human development.
Coaching is about serving who we work with. I will leave you with this quote:
Being a leader is not about finding ways to get others to serve you, but knowing how to serve your followers.