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Thread: What Attributes / Characteristics Make for a Great Coach

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskerRedDread View Post
    Because if integrity and character, were a high priority for successful coaches thing Turner Gill should be coming off of his 2 BCS appearance with KU.
    so it's integrity/character and avoiding places like Kansas and Iowa State to name a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskerRedDread View Post
    Correct. All are great coaches. Just horrible in managing their personal life. There's a difference. Like Lawrence Phillips was a hell of a back for NU, but wasn't such an all star managing his life.
    Short term thinking versus long-term...same as with a workplace. Sure, he might look good and hit record sales in the short-term; but, when he embarrasses the organization, you wish you would have never hired him.

    So, I guess we need to outline the responsibilities of 'great coach'. Is it purely about wins and losses? Or, does it also include representing the university and developing young men to be solid men as adults?

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    Well it depends what you want out of your sports. I personally believe the point of sports is to learn life lessons at the college level. I think some general once told a class at a service academy something to the effect of (paraphrasing) "on these fields are sown the seeds that will win future wars". In other words the intangibles of competition, sacrifice, working beyond ones limits, teamwork, ingenuity, quick decisions under pressure, are equally important as the technical skills learned in college. These are things that don't just benefit an officer corps. It's a fact that we pay dearly in treasure and resources for every young mans college education. It's a waste of money if they don't have values. In my opinion.

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    Some thoughts:

    Turner Gill, even though he wasn't going to win at Kansas, could he still be considered great -- maybe more so in the future when he has the chance to recover from Kansas -- on the basis that he knew his values and was willing to stick to them. Call that integrity or character.

    Leadership definition is difficult because there are so many qualities that define leadership and I think these could be different depending on the organization -- sports may be different than corporate fields. How would this work in the area of sports: Leadership is able to cast a vision; rally others around the vision so that they "own" the vision; set the mission so that achievable goals and directions are known; and then move the whole organization roughly the same direction. The whole organization in sports would also include fan base as well as players, coaches, etc.

    I am enjoying reading the various posts -- keep it going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utsker View Post
    so it's integrity/character and avoiding places like Kansas and Iowa State to name a few.

    You missed the point, re-read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BGRed View Post
    Short term thinking versus long-term...same as with a workplace. Sure, he might look good and hit record sales in the short-term; but, when he embarrasses the organization, you wish you would have never hired him.

    So, I guess we need to outline the responsibilities of 'great coach'. Is it purely about wins and losses? Or, does it also include representing the university and developing young men to be solid men as adults?
    Definitely. No argument here. Win/loss column defines the "coach". Everything surrounding the program defines the CEO (which is what the coach has to become to have continued success).

    Example...Martinez came out as a GREAT ATHLETE is rFr year. Had immediate success. I mentioned during his first Spring Game, I would like to see him become more of a QB rather than a fast kid taking the snap from center. Obviously I got ridiculed and was called a "player basher" and other corny (no pun intended) names. But as he got more playing time under his belt, everything that I was saying I would like to see from him was being addressed from opposing defenses (SDSU, UT, aTm, etc.) He had to become a better QB rather than just a great athlete to have continual success. Same with a coach. The coaching job should be the easy part when given the athletes you desire to play for you. The CEO portion comes with the relationship, and decision making regarding the players, staff, how you recruit, development, etc.....

    Only part I was answer was what it takes to be a GREAT COACH. It doesn't take a whole lot, but for the continual success, their are other attributes that this GREAT COACH has to obtain and/or learn.
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