How to become a great coach

How can you be an amazing coach? Expert John O'Sullivan tells you exactly what you need to know in order to become an excellent and supportive sports coach.
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How to become a great coach

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The qualities of a great coach I think have kind of gotten lost in the shuffle of the modern day, focus on winning and championship coaches. A lot of people think that a great coach is someone who knows all the X's and O's. But I've done a ton of research in this area and I've asked thousands of coaches what they think are the five best qualities of the best coach that they ever had, and then number one answer by far more than double any other answer is he or she cared about me. They cared about me as a person. I wasn't just a pair of hands or pair of feet, I was a heart and I was a mind. I think this is the best advice that every coach really needs to know that you don't coach a sport, you coach a child, you coach a person. And when you do that and when you form that authentic bond with each and every player, they will play harder, they will play longer, and they will play better for you. So, when people ask me what's the best quality of a coach, just care about your kids.

How can you be an amazing coach? Expert John O'Sullivan tells you exactly what you need to know in order to become an excellent and supportive sports coach.

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John O'Sullivan

Founder of Changing The Game Project

John O’Sullivan founded the Changing the Game Project in 2012 in order to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations create a more child-centered sports experience for our young athletes. John is a former collegiate and professional player, and worked for 20 years on the youth, high school and college level as a coach and club Technical Director. He holds a USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and a US Youth Soccer National License. His blog is now one of the most popular youth sports websites in the US, and he has been a featured presenter at TEDx Bend Oregon, IMG Academy, and this week at the NSCAA Convention. The Changing the Game Project provides live and online parent and coaching education workshops, webinars, and consulting services.

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