Coaching for success or coaches mix it up – Episode 24

Two successful athletic coaches share how they use their philosophies to reach students in the classroom and on the field or court.

Transferrable tips (listen to the episode for details)

Philosophy – get everyone involved. Establish a routine and set goals so students know where they want to go.

Make it competitive – gets students engaged.

It’s a relationship business – students need to know that you care and if you do, they’ll perform for you, in the classroom and/or field.

Focus on what you can control – your energy, effort and attitude – maximize these three areas. Teach it and model it.

Be efficient – practice time is like the classroom “bell to bell” structure, so student-athletes are practicing efficiently the entire practice.

Words of affirmation, like the Eagle Drill – a player recognizes another player for something that has nothing to do with athletic ability. The recognition and words of affirmation from other players builds camaraderie and self-value.

Be goal-oriented, but give a kid an out. Students are going to fail sometimes, it’s how we learn, but then help them recover from that.

Motivate – learn who each student is and what he needs to succeed. Each person is different. Meet them where they are.

Words to live by

“Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Stephanie.

“It’s not about you. It’s about serving others.” – Cameron

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MEET THE GUESTS – (This post was recorded Feb. 26, 2020)

Coach Stephanie Gibson coaching the Winter Park HS girls’ volleyball team in 2017. photo/Troy Herring, Observer Media Group

Stephanie Gibson is a physical education instructor at Winter Park HS. She coaches the girls’ volleyball team and just completed her 33rd year teaching. She helped coach the girls to nine state championships.

Coach Cameron Duke talking to his team after a game in October 2017. photo/Troy Herring, Observer Media Group

Cameron Duke is the head football coach and teaches credit recovery and weight training at Edgewater HS. He just completed his third year at EHS and his 10th teaching. EHS football played in the state 7A championship. He is the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year.

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