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Career As A Sports Coach
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Sporting competition is often compared, metaphorically, to war. Football teams lineup against one another, each desperately seeking to gain control of the line of scrimmage – their “front line.” Hockey players brutally attempt to gain control of the puck from the enemy, then as if it were a live grenade, they charge down the ice looking to thrust it into the net. Even tennis players and track stars push their limits in tough competition.
If the athletes are portrayed as the combatants, locking horns with their opponents in a grueling test of their physical abilities, then that would make the coaches the generals. They oversee all aspects of the battle. They design tactics with the sole purpose of gaining victory during combat. They train their troops to be in peak physical and mental condition and motivate them to achieve maximum performance. They also take responsibility for their troops’ well being, making sure they receive the very best in care and maintenance for their bodies and minds.
Coaches sometimes work individually, but more often they are part of a staff at a college, university, or professional sports franchise. They are responsible for devising successful training regimens and strategic game plans. They need to evaluate talent, recruit new athletes, and manage the athletes they oversee. They must assume many roles, including motivational speaker, psychologist, trainer, mentor, and tactician. The most important responsibility, though, is to make sure the men and women they coach are prepared to compete and succeed – not only in sports, but also in every other aspect of life.


Institute For Career Research; March 2007
29 pages; ISBN 9781585116980
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