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Coaching Supports Youth in More Than Just Sports

By Bradley Geiser, The California Aggie, 11/08/18, 12:00PM CST


“The team is your family. What type of person will you become when the chips are down? Will you be a me person or the one who looks out for the rest of your family?"

From an early age, American youth are often inclined to view their coaches as a moral authority akin to teachers, preachers or even parents. Amateurs and professionals often forge relationships with coaches that last for years thereafter. All coaches have their own style.

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy was known for his collected, clean-cut style. Former baseball manager Tommy Lasorda was known for a quickly-triggered, often amusing temper.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has built a reputation for a sarcastic, occasionally profane, but righteously indignant brand of coaching, while former NCAA basketball coach Bobby Knight, whose theatrical brand of anger included throwing chairs and accidentally head butting a player, has become more synonymous with his actions than his on-court successes.