I want to talk about my coaching philosophy and the principles that govern how I coach, program and develop athletes.
First of all my philosophy is still evolving. Its my first year out of university after finishing my MSc degree and I am now starting to focus on applying all thix years of education into practise. Although my little coaching experience so far has taught me a few things which I could say create my philosophy.
Philosophy has the ability to ask the questions and science gives us the answers. So philosophy is our theory and science the expirement. Before running the expirement we need to form a hypothesis, then run a trial, do a lot of errors till we have the final form of our expirement. Then after runnning it we will get back with the results and the conclucions.
Lets get to the point now.
First of all we need to love what we are doing. A coach needs to be enthousiastic about what he is doing so that he will help the athletes grow as athletes and persons. He needs to have a positive influence and inspire them.
He needs to work hard to develop a sence of independence among his athletes, develop responsibility and embrace their own power in order to prepare them for future competitions and life in general. Our job as coaches is to educate athletes so that they willl understand that learning can come from their own experience. Vince Lombardi once said “they call it coaching but it is teaching. You dont just tell them but you show them the reasons”.
My philosophy is athlete centered. I believe that the coach needs to emphasize on what athletes strengths are and work to improve areas that may be perceived as weaknesses. We need to identify the individual needs because every athlete is different and whatever we are doing as coaches needs to fit the individual. We need to find the optimal volume and intensity for each one so that they will stay healthy and will keep them performing to achieve their goals.
Now that I mentioned about goals, I strongly believe that the coaches need to set goals so that he keeps the big image in his mind and maintain the balance between what the athletes what to achieve and what he is really capable of.
Leonardo da Vinci said that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. So in my mind simplicity is a key element in coaching. Execution of the simple and basic things and coaching principles brilliantly will lead to better and easier understanding for athletes to bring results. Even if sometimes this is not possible to happen coach needs to be flexible and adaptable in every situation. We needs to be in a position to make fast and difficult decisions in differents conditions if something doesn’t go according to the original plan.
I strongly believe in laconic coaching. As a true Greek (not Spartan though), I am in a position to distinguish what i need to say and when i will say it. When it comes to coaching, a coach must not fire athletes with details which athletes dont unterstand. We need to stick to the point and explain briefly but accurately what we want to say. When the education process will be done and the athlete is able to understand things and is experienced enough we can add more scientific details.
Finally in order to get smarter you need to work hard at some point of your life. There are no magic workouts or programs. There are many ways of achieving the desired result. Here come the effieciency that coach needs to have developped so thst he will in a position to identify what he and his athletes need to do to get the best result and emphasize on quality work.