The Secrets of Successful Sports Coach

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How to define the success of a sports coach? Is it only about a number of wins and trophies or is there something more valuable? Find out!
Gheorge Cretu leading his team

How do we define the success of a sports coach? Is it measured by its seasonal records or amount of victories? Is winning the only part of success?

In reality, trophies and medals do not make a team exceptional until it is paired with great coaching.

Sports coaches who actually care about their players and the relationship between each other ensure success beyond the record on their field.

In this article, you will find:

Being a sports coach

Coaching a team is one of the most important, demanding and rewarding jobs you will ever have.

From game to game, season to season, highs to lows, a coach will always play an influential role in the development of the players, on and off the field.

All the lessons that are learned throughout the years, will stay with the players forever.  

Owning such responsibility, makes you think. What are the qualities/habits that will make a coach great?

Are there some universal traits or skills that coaches can develop and train throughout the years to become the best in their fields? Are you born to be a coach or this is something you can learn fully?

Is there an ideal sports coaching model?

To make it simple, a perfect coaching model does not exist. A great sports coach can take many different forms and different coaches use different combined styles and techniques according to the teams they are working with.

As there are many different players, with different attitudes, skills-sets, educations, there are just as many different approaches and styles. The only thing to remember is to try to be the best version of yourself.

But still, even if the ideal model does not exist, there are many key aspects every trainer should always keep in mind and try to combine them with their own techniques. 

Sports coach main skills and responsibilities
Some of the sports coach main skills and responsibilities

Know your players

To manage the whole team you have to know the individuals inside the team. Every player has their own upbringing, values, personalities, and understandings.

This means every individual will respond differently to different coaching methods. In order to maximize the teams’ performance, you must understand how to motivate and train each individual player.

Think before you say

One of the most important skills is knowing how to pre-process your content before saying it out loud. I believe everyone has had a situation in their life where words have had the capability to burn bridges.

That’s why how you say it is more important than the content. As a sports coach, you always have to think of how you talk to your players without offending them or killing their motivation.

Before giving feedback after a game or competition, a coach should always pay attention to his words, tone, gesture, and facial expressions. 

Pay attention to your tone. Although sometimes it is necessary!

You don’t have to be always right

In your line of work being effective is much more important than being right. While coaching your players, it is essential to make them eager, motivated and engaged.

To succeed in this, you have to remember there is no I in a team sport. Have weekly or monthly discussions, talk about each other’s thoughts and let the players give feedback to you.

Through this process, you will get many exceptional ideas and improve even teamwork and -spirit. 

Me, Myself and I

I think we can all agree that the best coaches have to be in touch with their minds, heart, and actions.

This means that they have to be highly aware of their thoughts, ideas, emotions, psychological responses, behavior, and motivations.

The best coaches are always in a good state of mind because they constantly work on their triggers and try to stay emotionally, physically, and psychologically healthy.

Every one of us has our own triggers and weaknesses, so it is important to prepare and train yourself to always respond effectively. 

Show your human side

Your job is not to be a god in a trainers’ uniform. Your players don’t expect you to be the smartest expert in the room. In fact, being always perfect makes them feel unrelatable to you.

Once in a while, show your human side, admit your mistakes, and share vulnerability. It is important to create an environment where everyone can discover, engage and take ownership of their learning experience. 


Victories, winnings or goals are just the tip of the iceberg on defining a coach’s success. With time, emotional intelligence becomes more and more important in coaching techniques and styles.

That’s why a good coach will always remember to never become remote, distant nor lose touch with himself and his players.

He keeps evolving, learning and paying more attention to his and his players’ emotional intelligence. By taking this approach, athletes will always have the opportunity for unlimited success and growth. 

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