2018-06-13 / Opinion

Coaches Influence Young Lives

In the life of a child, many adults influence their development.

Very few have as much influence as coaches.

Coaches, no matter what the sport, leave their mark on boys and girls. Part teacher, part mentor, part cheerleader, part disciplinarian, coaches teach more than how to shoot free throws or the best way to pin an opponent or how to jump hurdles correctly.

In the hours they spend with their young athletes, coaches are role models for life– even if they don’t know it. Even if they’re not trying, coaches teach lessons about how to react to pressure; how to graciously handle victory; how to cope with the disappointment of a loss.

Every minute coaches are in front of their teams, youngsters are watching their actions and reactions, absorbing the lessons the coaches mean to teach, and those they don’t.

The impact coaches have on young men and women can be demonstrated by the fact that men in their 60s and 70s, well past their school days, still refer to mentors as “coach.”

Coaches in the Archbold and Pettisville school systems, including those who have recently retired, have impacted members of their teams for the rest of their lives.

“It’s not easy being green,” Kermit the Frog says. And it certainly isn’t easy being a coach. From unrealistic expectations by athletes and parents, to keeping up with new rules and regulations, to the low pay coaches receive considering the hours they put in, it takes a special person to be a coach.

If it was so easy, everyone would do it.

Return to top