By: John Klessinger, Wrestling Coach - South River High School (MD)
Originally Published in: A Coach's Manual
Provided by: Championship Productions
"Even bad teams have optimism. The Bad News Bears'
Again, my opinions and thoughts on bad coaches are just that, opinions and views. I took some of my beliefs on ineffective coaches from how I did things early in my career. Others are from observation of hundreds of coaches over the years. For the record, the comments made do not make a person a bad coach or person. Mainly, the practices and methods, in my opinion, take away from the potential of a program. Something that needs stating- no one gets into coaching or working with young athletes with the intent of not doing their best. Many do not have mentors or models to "steal" ideas or practices. Early in my career, I went with my "gut" and did not consult others for help. I was young, hard-headed, and arrogant at times. I made mistakes without intent to improve and limited the potential of myself and my teams.
There is a balance between positive and negative. Last night while watching college football, I heard the announcer praise Minnesota Head Coach P.J. Fleck for the positive culture he created in his organization.