Coach, I appreciate this word more and more. It can be a term of respect, appreciation, annoyance or a combination of many, depends on the person being referenced. Assuming said coach is doing their job properly, it should be one that puts a smile on their face when they hear it. It personally puts a smile on mine, especially when some of the older graduated athletes come back to say hi, some of them fully functioning adults now, good god that’ll make you feel old.
For many, the word evokes a very positive thought or feeling, or a very negative thought or feeling. For me, I feel I have the responsibility to make sure it’s a positive feeling. So far, I think I’m doing OK, as I said previously, I’ve only gotten one, “you’re an asshole” email in my time as a coach. Not only that though, I feel great most days hearing the positive stories and getting the energy from people, especially the youths. With that, the first time I take it for granted (which may happen, I'm human after all) will be the time I likely screw up the most.
The point of this whole thing is, if you’ve found yourself in a position to be referred to as this don’t screw it up. If you’re in the position of calling someone this, be sure they’re worthy of the title.
Thanks for stopping by friends. More in depth or technical stuff coming next week.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS