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I have been a coach of many sports on all levels for 30 years. For most o those years, I coached three sports a season in a row. People used to ask me, “how can you do that?” “How do you find the energy to be able to coach so much? spend so much time with players and not get tired of it?”
Well, world famous author, Mark Twain, once said this, “If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.” This quote is one of my favorite of all time because it is so true. I have truly enjoyed every season that I have coached my players.
Besides the joys of victory and the agony of defeat of the games on the field, it’s the everyday coaching, teaching, and building relationships with people on a daily basis, that makes the job so rewarding. There is nothing that means more to me than when a player (or parent) tells you how much they learned the sport, enjoyed their experience, or other things that may have touched their lives.
I recently came across the following “Letter to a Coach” on FaceBook that I thought would give you a glimpse of what players sometimes say to a coach and illustrate why the profession of coaching is so fulfilling.
~ Coach Muller
Since I have graduated high school there is one phrase that I miss saying more than I ever thought I would. “Hey Coach” left my lips at least once a day. Anyone who has ever had a coach knows just how important they are. I’m sure everyone will say that their coach is the best. But this post is not about the coaches you’ve had. This is about mine. If I wrote just how much one person has changed my life, this post would be unreasonably long. But it is crazy to me that one person can do so much.
What makes a good coach? Well, don’t ask me! I’m a little too picky, grumpy, and “my way or the highway”.
What makes a good coach? My coach. My coach has pushed me to success, and pushed me to tears. My coach has been a parent figure when times got tough, my best friend when we could celebrate our wins, and a shoulder to literally cry on. When we succeeded my coach succeeded. When we failed we knew we let coach down. But that never stopped coach from loving us.
What makes a good coach? Compassion. I never doubted the love coach had for me. Not one day went by without my coach showing, or telling me how much I was appreciated.
What makes a good coach? Coaches leave their family, and dedicate their time to the people and the sport they love, even if sometimes it doesn’t feel worth it. Missing vacations, birthdays, and so much more, to give their time and love to us, even when we are ungrateful.
What makes a good coach? Everything my coach was, and everything I will be because of it. One single person can change your life. And I know my coach changed my life for the best.
I’m trying to be like my coach. Hard, yet soft, harsh but loving, a rock, a shoulder to cry on.
I don’t know how to even thank someone, who has done what they have done for me. I know I will never be able to repay coach for the things done.
If you had a coach who changed you, please, go thank them. If you have a coach now. Go now,and thank them.
You don’t know how much they sacrifice for you, and for your team. I love you coach. I love you for pushing me, I love you for accepting me, I love you for caring about me without fail. I love you for still caring even when new team mates have taken my place. I love you for being you.