Is being compassionate toward student athletes a necessary quality of a successful coach?
Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 31, 2006
“To some extent, but there is also a large need for discipline. Especially with team sports.”
“Sure. I think it’s a people business and you have to be able to relate to the needs of the athletes. I think it’s the responsibility of a coach to make sure that the athletes have a positive overall experience.”
“I think so. I always played better for coaches who I bonded with as a friend and a coach.”
“I think it is important, because to be a good coach, you have to love what you do. So they need to be compassionate towards the players as well as the game.”