Coaching Philosphy

One of the classes I’m taking for my Masters this semester is Coaching Science II – Coaching Philosophy. For this class we have 2 assignments: 1. Develop and outline our own coaching philosophy (~20 pages); 2. Find two successful coaches and present/outline their coaching philosophies in class (2 x ½ hr. presentations).

Our prof is covering what he calls the ‘Philosopher Coaches’ (Wooden, Lombardi, Percy Cerutti, Hayes, Brutus Hamilton) and ‘Current Coaches’ (Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Bill Parcels and Anson Dorrance). We are free to choose any other coaches.

Do any of the forum members have suggestions for good books to read that deal with detailed philosophies of specific coaches? Any other suggestions that deal with the psychological aspects of coaching (motivation, goal setting, team building, etc) would also be appreciated.

Thanks for any help.


And . . . how the hell do you edit thread titles for spelling? :mad:

Coaching Swimming Successfully is a great book by Dick Hannula and I use this as my reference year to year. Super value…

Every year I go back to this and it is perfect for your class IMHO.

lou holtz has a good book out.

Not being rude, but, I’d have thought you would easily have enough knowledge of the philosophy of Charlie and say Louie Simmonds from your current knowledge. Or do you want different ones?

Not a problem John. I have already been going through these sources (eg. CFTS Sport Psychology section offers a lot as does Speedtrap; Jim Wendler’s ‘Coaching Axioms’ article, etc.)

Just looking for different sources from different sports. It has been interesting looking at coaching from different perspectives. In addition to dealing with personal differences, I find that athletes that compete in different sports have very different temperments and may have to be handled slightly different.

Coaching philosophy is also highly dependent the coach’s personal values in life, as well as their own temperment. As I said, just trying to broaden the perspective.

Thanks for the tip Carl. Must be a popular book - both copies were out of the library. Had to order it thorugh interlibrary loans.

Lore of Running by Tim Noakes; not only of his ideas, but because he discusses other coaches, athletes, etc and their approach to training; for endurance running, that is…
if you are looking for sports other than running, oops! :o

This is just an aside…please make sure to have at least one Bruce Lee quote in your presentation. :slight_smile:

“The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

“Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

“Obey the principles without being bound by them.”