The Characteristics of Great Coaches

by on May 28, 2013
in Great Coaching

In my Introduction to Coaching course, I used a presentation by John Stoszkowski as a guide to help the students write out their coaching philosophies.

One question was to list three characteristics of great coaches. The students  are primarily former or current athletes – only a handful coach. Therefore, their responses might resemble those that your players would offer.

According to my class, great coaches are:

  • Passionate (10)
  • Committed/Dedicated/Determined (10)
  • Knowledgable about their sport (7)
  • Respectful of others (6)
  • Leaders (5)
  • Motivating (4)
  • Honest (4)
  • Good communicators (4)
  • Caring/Supportive (4)
  • Inspiring (3)
  • Patient (3)
  • Hard-working (3)
  • Adaptable (2)
  • Energetic (2)
  • Organized (2)
  • Disciplined (2)
  • Innovative/Creative (2)
  • Good teachers (2)
  • Goal-oriented
  • Having Fun
  • Open-minded
  • Diligent
  • Efficient
  • Example
  • Optimistic
  • Likable
  • Humble
  • Consistent
  • Competitive

If these are the characteristics of great coaches, how many do you possess?

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