Three Other Qualities of Successful Coaches

Greetings all reader. In this article i will write about Three Other Qualities of Successful Coaches. To be a successful coach we must adopt a coaching style compatible with the Athletes First, Winning Second Objective that is, the cooperative style. I’ve also explained what leaders do and how they especially focus on developing the team culture. Now let’s briefly consider three other attributes of successful coaches:

– Knowledge of the sport
– Motivation
– Empathy

Three Other Qualities of Successful Coaches

Knowledge of The Sport

There is no substitute for knowing well the rules and technical and tactical skills of the sport you coach. This is just as true for teaching beginning athletes as advanced ones. In fact, to teach the fundamentals well to beginners you must have as much knowledge as you would need to coach professional athletes. (Actually they require different types of knowledge).

Not knowing how to teach technical skills puts you in the position of risking injury to your athletes and frustation from their repeated failure. The more you know about basic technical skills of your sport and about teaching these basics in the proper sequence, the more success and fun you and your athletes will have.

Moreover, your ability to teach both technical and tactical skills will earn you great respect from your athletes. These respect gives you credibility that you can use in teaching athletes life skills such as ethical behavior, emotional control, and respect for others and oneself.

The most common way coaches acquire knowledge about rules and technical and tactical skills is by playing the sport themselves, but that most likely will not give you all the knowledge you need. On the other hand, not having played a sport does not mean that you can’t acquire the knowledge needed to coach it. Most coaches enjoy being a “student” of the sport.

These step can you do to gain your knowledge about sport you coach.

  1. Consider learning about coaching as a lifelong journey. For example, complete the courses in the Professional Education Program.
  2. Join a coaching association. Many sports have state ad national coaching associations and every sport has a national governing body.
  3. Many books and videos are available for most sports, read them, view them, learn from them.
  4. Attend clinics that are frequently offered in larger cities. Check with your school athletic director.
  5. Watch and talk with other coaches.


You can have all the skills and knowledge in the world, but without the motivation to use them, you will not be a successful coach. You need only come across a player who has the ability but not the motivation to develop into an excellent athlete to see full well the importance of motivation.

Sometimes coaches have the motivation to be successful but not the time. Or rather they don’t have sufficient motivation to make the time for doing what is necessary to be a successful coach. We must understand about young people need your time.


Empathy is the ability to understand the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of your athletes and to convey your sensitivity to them. Successful coaches possess empathy. They understand athletes joy, frustation, anxiety, and anger. Coaches who have empathy are able to listen to their athletes and express their understanding of what was said. They don’t belittle, chastise, or diminish the self worth of their athletes because they know how it feels to experience the loss of self worth. Coaches with empathy more readily communicate respect for their athletes and in turn they receive more respect. 

Empathy => it’s essential to be a successful coach!

Refference: Rainer Martens. Successful Coaching. 2004

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