September 27, 2002, Newsletter Issue #77: DUTIES OF AN ASSISTANT COACH

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Choose the most qualified person available for the job.
If it is a high school, try to get the best teacher - in the classroom and on the floor. It is important to find someone who is prepared and willing to learn.
Knowledge is important. The assistant needs to understand your system inside and out. Ideally, he should have a commitment to growth as a coach by going to clinics, camps, read, scout, and question others.
Your staff must be hard working. The coaches should work as hard at all times as they expect the players to, and be willing to put in extra time to improve the program.
Look for people who have patience. Mistakes are an opportunity to learn, treat them as such. Coaches should never give up on players, you should continue to improve until the very end.
Have a "Commitment to Excellence." You impress upon the players the need to be their best, coaches should be committed to becoming their best.
Maybe the most important quality is loyalty. Coaches can
debate in the office but must be united outside the office.
In order to maintain continuity, assign significant responsibilities to each coach, they build a desire to stay.
Always promote the program in a positive light.
Just like we preach that we have a TEAM not just players; we should have a STAFF not just coaches. Always work together to improve the program top to bottom. A staff that works together to achieve the same goals does a great service to their players.

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