Your won/loss record is NOT what’s really important.
Championships won are NOT what’s really important.
“Your” athletes who go on to play D-1 or make it to the pros are NOT what’s really important.
What IS really important is WHO you are, HOW you conduct yourself with your players on a daily basis and the kinds of RELATIONSHIPS that you develop with each and every one of your athletes.
That is, what’s REALLY important as a coach is…
Being a person of CHARACTER and INTEGRITY,
WALKING THE TALK, where your behaviors consistently match your words,
Being DIRECT and HONEST with your players,
Displaying FAIRNESS in all of your interactions,
Being RESPECTFUL of your athletes,
Understanding that YOUR JOB as a coach FAR TRANDSCENDS the X’s & O’s of the sport,
That your real job is to DEVELOP FUTURE LEADERS and GOOD HUMAN BEINGS,
Genuinely CARING about your players as people, NOT just as athletic performers,
Creating a SAFE ENVIRONMENT for your athletes to make mistakes, learn and excel,
Keeping the games and winning/losing in the PROPER PERSPECTIVE,
Being aware that YOU WIELD TREMENDOUS POWER,
Using that power CONSTRUCTIVELY to build up, NOT tear down your players,
Having the courage to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your mistakes,
Being a great ROLE MODEL,
Teaching your athletes the value of HARD WORK and the PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE,
INSPIRING, not crushing DREAMS.
This is what’s REALLY important for you as a coach