In my mind, the best coaches are the directors of a great movie, simply allowing everyone else to shine. Today, we see a different and ineffective mindset, as coaches looking to advance their careers place emphasis on a teacher-centric model accompanied by daily pontifications on why their brilliant thinking is making athletes better instead of focusing on what they learned from their own athletes.
My core belief is that our job is to simply share what we know and give it away to the athlete. When we guide the athlete, instead of attempting to be a cross between a drill instructor and motor-learning guru, they will discover the deep skills they already have and improve in their sport.
Article by: Heino Van Zyl (Khoza Rugby Club Krugersdorp)