Monday, April 29, 2013

A Good Coach

Recently my kids' high school was searching for a new boys basketball coach. The principal asked us to create a profile of the ideal coach to aid him and the search committee in the interview process. We asked Kellie to send us her insights. Below are her thoughts. I think they are spot-on. (Kellie wrote this at 1:00 in the morning after a long night of studying.)

A good coach:

1. Knows the game--proper technique, good plays, good tactics, good play calling etc. Probably needs to also have been a good player and have coached at that level before.

2. Good communicator--what do you need to improve on, what are your strengths, why I am taking you out, why you are running, why I am yelling at you? Uses the right tone of voice at the right moments and for the right kids. Ask him how he will correct his players.

3. Charismatic--inspires the players, makes the players love him/her despite having to punish/correct every once in a while. This can be done by humor, loving/serving the players, exuding excitement or love for the game--every good coach or teacher has their own style, but not every coach is charismatic.

4. Cares about the players on and off the field. They talk to the players individually about things unrelated to the sport. They know and communicate to the parents. They are approachable, honest, respectful, and listen to the parents, but is not controlled by them. 

5. Organized. Practices and games are run well. You know what the schedule is in advance. Ask what he thinks a good practice looks like.

6. A good administrator. Can they raise money for the team, can they handle the overwhelming logistics of it all (tournaments, jerseys, grades, liability)? 

7. Cares about the entire program, not just varsity. Do they go to 7th and 8th grade games? Do they do camps? Do they watch and are involved in JV and Sophomore and Freshman? Do they hire good assistant coaches? Are they respectful and supportive of the girls program?

8. Has a handle on his authority. If they are too authoritarian for their own good, then the players will literally hate their coach. If they are a wimp, then the players won't play for him. How much does he care about discipline?

9. Good role model. Does he care about school? Does he swear excessively? Does he lose his temper too much?

That's all I can think of for now.


(Kellie was a 4-year varsity basketball player and a 4-year starter on the varsity soccer team at Timpview. She was also a scholarship athlete on the soccer team at the University of Utah. She currently coaches a premier U14 girls soccer team for Celtic Storm in the Premier 1 division.)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Dear Rachel (#15)

Dear Rachel,

This picture of Linus is how I've been feeling this month--my birthday month even--lazy and unmotivated. I am fairly certain our rainy cold spring has had a lot to do with it.
You said you wanted a blog post no matter how uneventful life seems to be, so here it is.

Kellie asked your dad to make a white chocolate cheesecake to celebrate her 23rd birthday. He obliged and it was decadently delicious.
Travis didn't really dress up for the auspicious occasion. He had just arrived home from a band concert. March was a busy musical month for him. Do you recognize this venue?
Yes, that tall percussionist on the left is your brother.
Here's a close-up of him during a solo/ensemble competition.

Abby's science fair project made it all the way to the state competition at BYU this year. It was dark in the room where she spent the day so this photo isn't the best, but you get the idea. (She's always so cooperative when I take her picture, yes?)
Abby made each of the Faraday cages completely by herself and when she was done her fingers were quite sore.
Travis has been doing track this spring. Lately he runs the 400-meter and the 800-meter. He has even competed in the high jump. I thought you might enjoy seeing him run the 4x400-meter relay. He ran the third leg and his team won.
Would you believe that your two youngest siblings spend a good hour outside on the basketball court with no squabbling whatsoever? They actually had a really good time together. Perhaps they are growing up.
Finally, I will leave you with a view of the tulips in our yard. At least they are thriving in our chilly weather. I will try to follow their lead.

I love you and David lots!