I am a cooperative coach and why I talk to my players instead of yelling. I can still remember how confused and sad I was that year with my coach and I would never want any of my players to feel that way. Two coaches I do look up to in a positive way were my two AAU coaches, Coach Shayler and Coach Percy. These two coaches figured out quick that I had a very good understanding of the game and that they could talk to me about what was going on the court. They gave me freedom as a player to just play basketball and would let me know calmly when I was doing something wrong. I had a great relationship with both these coaches because if they wanted me to do something they would simple just talk to me and tell me. They saw no need to yell or scream at me or any of my teammates. They would always look at the positives and tell us how to correct the negatives. Unlike Samaha who would harp on the negatives and not give us a clear path on how to fix them, he would always say, “Play Harder”. It was his favorite line of all time and he would scream it. The way Shayler and Percy would communicate with me is something I will always
remember and always look at to mold the way I communicate with players after them. In my mind they were ‘players coaches’. Their calm and relaxed style of coaching basketball is just now starting to become more popular in the last decade, whereas before basically every coach was ‘old school’. They would do a lot of yelling and commanding, because that’s what the players of that time reacted to. Just as the game is constantly changing, the players are too. I have always admired coaches that keep their cool such as Iowa State’s head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. One part of his coaching style is having an approachable relationship with his players. This is something I will look to have with my players as well, I want them to be comfortable coming to me and talking to me or any member of my coaching staff. He is one coach that I have watched a lot this year, to see how he was on the sidelines. He was one of the calmest college coaches I have seen, and because of it his team was calm and collective even during a couple big-time upset games. One reason why I look up to him so much is because our personalities are very similar, as far as how we communicate and handle ourselves. Another coach who I admire greatly but is not as calm is Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. The biggest thing I have been able to learn from his coaching style is the way he communicates with his players during the game. He might scream and yell at them but when they come off the court he stops them puts an arm around them and calmly talks to them. You can tell that he has a very good relationship with his players because of the way they can talk to each of them in such intense moments and that they stop but their arm around him and communicate back. The thing I will take away from Izzo is the way he communicates with his players on the sidelines.
Probably one of the greatest coaches to ever coach was John Wooden of UCLA.
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