When evaluating a coach or when a
team is ready to select a new coach they typically look at whether the coach
was successful in his previous (present) position. In addition they often look
he employs a successful strategy
he gets along well with players and has good rapport
he surrounds himself with good coaches
Some new criteria appear to have
been introduced that are considered to be very important. First and foremost
appears to be whether the coach has detailed
plans. This means whether he has schedules worked out for organized team
activities, for the minicamps, how the players are going to eat during training
camp, times of practices, how they are going to go on the road, if they are
going to the East Coast, if they are leaving on Friday or Saturday for road
It was these detailed plans that
most impressed the management and the fact that he had a good work ethic and
had never been fired from a position, led to his being hired.
In my opinion because the coach
must have excellent players to carry out his strategy, it is critical that the
selection of players be foremost in the coach’s mind. Thus any detailed plans
that he has should include the following sample evaluations of the players.
Player A --
needs work on making sharp cuts (to be a successful running back)
Player B -- too
slow getting started. Needs to improve his acceleration
Player C – Good
speed but poor changes of direction. Needs to be taken down a notch in his
Player D -- not
consistent in his passes. Looks like a shot putter on intermediate throws. Will
need more work
Player E -- has
good forward acceleration and power. Needs to improve on moving laterally
Player F --
good speed, good cuts, definitely a starter
Player G --
good hands, make great catches, needs a little improvement on getting free.
The list can go on but I think
you can see the difference in this type of evaluation or detail that addresses
player ability and needs. If the team does not have personnel on board that can
make some of the needed improvements, then they should bring in specialists to
help in these areas.
These are the kind of details
that I believe will make a successful coach. He knows the type of player he
needs to carry out his strategy and can either select or fine tune his present
players so that they can perform as needed.
the number of very talented players in the professional leagues is not many.
The number on any one team can usually be counted on one hand. They are easy to spot in a game if you
look at execution of the skills such as running, quick and sharp cutting actions,
leaping, catching, eluding, etc.
- Dr. Michael Yesiss
DC Sports Training - Sports Performance Training in Pittsburgh, PA