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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