Running Head: THE MOST EFFECTIVE COACHING STYLE 1 Lucas RomickDenison UniversityCoaching Methods
THE MOST EFFECTIVE COACHING STYLE2When attempting to choose which coaching style I would like to model my work by, I immediately jumped to the cooperative style method. It is the modern day method where the Coach has a working relationship with the players themselves. If used effectively, it can bring out the best in both the players on the team and the coach. Through my own experiences with this coaching style and through research of legendary basketball coach, Phil Jackson, I attempt to tailor the cooperative style to me. In HS, my Track & Field coach, Stephen Poitinger, was my first experience with a cooperative style Head Coach. Throughout the pre-season and conditioning sessions, hemade it clear that he was at the helm of where we were headed, but also allowed us to have a say in how we got there. This brought out the best in some of us, me included. Butwhen others struggled with giving their input on what they wanted, Coach P (The nickname we gave him) stepped in and worked individually with those people to get themto reach their potential. Specifically, I remember during my senior year, Coach P laid outthree different workouts and laid out the results we would achieve dependent on what workout we chose for that week. We trusted his judgment and chose the one that would get us our fourth straight conference championship, and just like that, Four-Peat. The thing that I want to draw from Coach P is the ability to provide a direction forthe group, but not a set path for every individual on how to reach that goal. That understanding of being able to differentiate needs by specific individuals on my team would contribute to a more successful individual and a more successful team. Techniquesused to achieve this would be holding weekly team meetings to layout out the
THE MOST EFFECTIVE COACHING STYLE3groundwork for our season, but also require individual meetings to gain an insight on their personalities and goals throughout the season. This will allow me to handle each player the correct way and bring out the best in him or her.