Now I am in the thick of the Cross Country season: morning practice, evening practice, Saturday meets, and Sunday recruiting; all with a full time job. Revisiting this list, which I wrote before the season started, was a confidence boosting refresher. It confirms what I thought it took to be successful then, and so this is what I am applying now. This list is in no particular order. All points must be in solidly present at all times.
- Develop a plan
- Constant clear communication
- A strong moral compass
- Your work ethic sets the standard for your athletes
- It takes a team to coach at team: delegate
- Believe in your athletes
- Life is a balance
- Adaptability for effective change. The path you envisioned will not go strictly according to plan however, the goal remains.
- Don’t do what your coach did; keep a constant open mind to new research and techniques
- Analyze performances and plans to acknowledge and learn from mistakes
I look forward to expanding on each point in the future.