A good coach can change your game. A great coach can change your life.
You will work with many coaches throughout your career as an athlete. Some coaches will be good, but some of them will be great.
A great coach will help you strengthen skill sets like fundamentals, techniques, schemes, and game situations. However, they will also work with you on building up your self-confidence, communication skills, and keeping up with your responsibilities. Over time, through rapport and trust, their role will slowly become one of a mentor.
As you prepare to take your game to the next level, you may solicit the help of various specialty coaches who focus on specific aspects of training like positions, strength, and the logistics of recruiting.
For those athletes transitioning to the professional level, it’s easy to lose sight of how coaching dynamics inevitably change and new relationships develop. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a coach that can be available for you on a personal level. However, at the professional level, you can’t lose sight of the reality that your coach is your boss.
It’s important that you learn how to make adjustments so you’ll have the best coach, regardless of role. For example, an “off the field” coach, or life coach, will assure you develop life skills on top of your exceptional athletic ability.
An “off the field” coach’s first priority is to motivate you, help you strategize your goals, and hold you accountable for your actions. They create a unique plan to help you stay on track with your goals while focusing on the day to day requirements of your new job as an athlete.