28. 03. 2020

By Mark Lebedew: Coach Or Educator?

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Author: Mark Lebedew

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This is one of the age old questions of the coaching profession.  In the American system, sport is very closely aligned with the education system.  Coaches are considered at least the equivalent  of teachers, and a lot of the coaching literature that orginates in the United States emphasises the teaching aspect.

 

Hugh McCutcheon talks about preferring to be a better teacher rather than a better coach**.  John Wooden always referred to himself as a teacher and emphasised that part of his role.

The great Russian coach Vyacheslav Platonov also had some thoughts on the subject.  He saw a fundamental difference between the two.

A coach must also be an educator. during training he must always think of technical and tactical execution, but he must also keep in mind the psychological effects. However, there is a contrast between the coach and the educator. The coach must be a diplomat one day, an artist the other day and a democrat the next day, while he is a dictator again the next day.
Everything depends on the state of the team and the moment on which he fulfills the particular role. As far as the work of the coach is concerned, the most important characteristic is ‘justice’. If the trainer is fair, the players always understand the coach.

The quote comes from an obituary published in the Dutch Volleyball Coaches Association (NVVO) magazine.  Click here for the original text.

**To put into the correct context, if he had to choose between them.

 

About Mark Lebedew:

Mark Lebedew authors the At Home on the Court Blog. He coaches professionally in Poland with Aluron Virtu CMC Warta Zawiercie. That follows five seasons Germany where his Berlin Recycling Volleys won three straight league titles and a CEV Champions League bronze medal. He has prior professional experience in Belgium and Italy. Mark is also Head Coach for the Australian Men’s National Team. 

Mark partnered with his brother and father to translate and publish "My Profession: The Game", the last book by legendary Russian coach, Vyacheslav Platonov. 

With John Forman, he is behind the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project (link http://volleyballcoachingwizards.com/) which identifies great coaches from all levels, making their experience, insights, and expertise available to people all over the world. The project has produced multiple books, a in e-book format available here ( link to http://bit.ly/34yakou ) or in print at Amazon here (link https://amzn.to/2JRqTE6)

 

 

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POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

All this because volleyball is not e real professional sport and many clubs are managed with people with (almost) zero experience and knowledge in volleyball. And they manage money from state companies or government directly. Do not expect that that people will think differently. That is why volleyball will never move to another level and will always have some small “make up” in the future Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Many Strength and Conditioning Coaches/Scoutman are trying to get into coaching. Due to their lack of experience and knowledge, at first, they take a major pay cut in comparison to actual volleyball coaches. Currently, coaching jobs are paying very little, even in the top leagues, and some of the experienced coaches are not taking jobs for 25.000-40.000 EUR, knowing that demands are just as high as before when they were making double of this salary. Unfortunately, club leaderships see coaches as a disposable matter and therefore keep dropping salaries because there are candidates that will take these jobs. I am not here to judge, just to describe some of the dynamics around this profession. Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Interesting trend, that some coaches who specialised on physical training, some who never played volleyball on top level, became pretty successful volleyball coaches. It can be observed in some menś and women teams. It reflects a situation that volleyball has become a very physical sport. Even the world champion country, which in past had taught others, needs coaches from abroad who come into this category. Reply

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