Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Wow, I haven’t posted anything for a long time. What has been swirling between my ears for a while now is the concept of “being a coach” and what that means. This is a big topic, so I have been thinking a lot, and writing little. Not always a bad thing. I will be posting more on this topic.

Now that one of the NHL’s most popular coaches and all around nice guy has been fired, I have finally been shaken out of my writer’s block. No, I am not going to pass judgement on the firing of Bruce Boudreau. I am so far out of that loop that I will make no specific comments about the firing.

This past weekend I was talking to a good friend of mine, Malcolm “Gomer” Lloyd, a bobsleigh coach with the Russian bobsleigh federation. Gomer has coached national bobsleigh teams in Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Monaco, and Russia. He told me of a conversation he had with Bob Storey, former president of Bobsleigh Canada, and also of the FIBT, (international bobsleigh federation). Bob has also served on the IOC and the Canadian Olympic Committee, among other international sport committees. So these 2 guys have been around in international sport.

Bob told Gomer that the one thing we have to accept is that we are all transitory.

“We” refers to functionaries and coaches in sport.

I just read an interview with Sean Waxman, the owner and head coach at Waxman’s Gym ( He was interviewed by Cedric Unholz, and here is the URL for the interview:

Here a direct quote from that interview – Sean Waxman says it much better than I can:

Build your coaching credibility by actually coaching and not just speaking about coaching. You must temper down your ego. Coaching is about the athlete, not the coach. If you want to be a rock star, get out of coaching and get your own reality show.

I think that there is little left to say.

Know why you are a coach or why you want to become a coach!

And check your ego at the door.

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