“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Three coaches I know. Each coaching in the most difficult type of environment; a situation where their communities have too many people that are either arrogant or ignorant or both. The latter is the most lethal combination for any coach. I am fortunate that people like that are rare where I coach and for that I counted my blessings today.
I feel bad for these three coaches. Each got the most out of their players. By that I mean they made their players not only more competitive, but better people. Still each of those coaches was let go.
They were let go because some people expect a team to step off a bus and just win. Those people have no idea what it takes to win; yet they often seem to be the most vocal and influential. It saddens me to see coaches get run out when they try to teach their teams, their players, to be mentally tough and to have character. I think they get run out because the people trying to send them packing have no idea what those two things mean to a team, to a kid; both now and later in life. They can’t fathom why teaching character and mental toughness matter.
They just think their team should step off the bus and win. Football, lacrosse, and life don’t work like that; you have to have the character to do the work and the mental toughness to keep doing the work when things get truly difficult. Those three coaches understood that. The people who ran them out of their respective coaching jobs never will. I feel even worse for the kids they could have coached had they been allowed to stay.
Here is a link to a great article about the mindset of a winner. These are the type of results that occur when players are allowed to learn lessons about character and mental toughness. Some people will never know what they are missing, and neither will those that listen to them.
Update: make that 4 coaches.