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Croft role coaches as leaders

  1. 1. Muhammad Ali Center Athletes & Social Change Forum March 21-22, 2014 Louisville, Kentucky Chris Croft, Ed.D –University of Southern Indiana Role of College Basketball Coaches as Educational Leaders
  2. 2.  College basketball head coaches have a role and responsibility to be educational leaders  Represent the university, athletic department, and their basketball program  Leader and mentor to student- athletes Responsibility of Head Coaches
  3. 3. “I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach college basketball, (Janssen,2006).” -Duke Head Basketball Coach, Mike Krzyzewski
  4. 4.  Character  Commitment  Caring  Confidence-building  Communication 5 “C”s: Components of Coaching Leadership
  5. 5.  Shows who you really are and how you react to things  Players must respect the head coach and feel he or she is trustworthy and honest  Will make the best decisions possible for the success of the team and individuals Character
  6. 6. “I like to think the players I coached, however they came to UCLA, left as men of character, (Wooden, 1997).” -Former UCLA Head Basketball Coach, John Wooden
  7. 7.  To lead by example so that players can see their active participation  To “preach what you teach”  To develop expectations that are passed from head coach to players Commitment
  8. 8. “He’s trying to get the best out of you, and he’s trying to make you figure out how to bring that out of yourself, (The secrets of Geno’s success, 2014).” -Freshman Connecticut women’s basketball player Breanna Stewart about Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Geno Auriemma
  9. 9.  Coaches must show players that he or she cares about them first as people, and second as basketball players  To being concerned with their academics and their personal lives Caring
  10. 10. "I really think first and foremost you have to care about your athletes. I don't think you can fake that. I think that's got to be real and the reason I love so much what I do is that I get to work with people, (Janssen, J. & Dale, G, 2002)“ -Former Tennessee Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Pat Summitt
  11. 11.  To develop confidence in players by believing in them  Occurs because of close personal relationships  Starts during the recruiting process, develops during playing days, and continues throughout life Confidence-Building
  12. 12. “I’ve learned so much about basketball, life, and myself in one year being in this program. I was meant to be here, this is my stop. This was life-changing for me, (Kansas Basketball, 2014).” -Current Kansas senior Tarik Black (referring to Kansas Head Basketball Coach, Bill Self)
  13. 13.  To deliver messages yourself  One of the best ways to communicate is to listen  To give players the opportunity to express themselves, and therefore the head coach will more effectively be able to communicate with player Communication
  14. 14. “People cannot be blamed for what they don’t know. It’s your job to make sure that the people you are leading understand your message, (Reynolds, 2000).” -Louisville Head Basketball Coach, Rick Pitino
  15. 15. “To this day, I see much of my success as a coach linked to my ability and skill as a teacher...In fact, coaching is teaching and all of the skills that teaching requires; knowing the sport or activity; planning; developing people skills, communication, motivation, mentoring, and being a role model; understanding your players or students; and, of course, knowing how to teach, (Schempp, 2003, p. ix).” -Gonzaga Head Basketball Coach, Mark Few
  16. 16.  Janssen, J. (2006). Discovering the seven secrets of successful coaches. Retrieved from  Janssen, J. & Dale, G. (2002).The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches. Janssen Peak Performance Inc.  Kansas Basketball (kuhoops). "“I’ve learned so much about basketball, life, and myself in one year being in this program. I was meant to be here… This is my stop. This was life-changing for me.” 14 March 2014, 2:06PM. Tweet.  Reynolds, B. (2000).Lead to Succeed: 10 Traits of Great Leadership in Business and Life. New York: Broadway. References
  17. 17.  Schempp, P. G. (2003). Teaching sport and physical activity: Insights on the road to excellence. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.  The secrets of Geno's success(2014, March). Retrieved from basketball/tournament/2013/story/_/id/9070531/women-ncaa- tournament-2013-connecticut-huskies-coach-geno-auriemma- pursues-perfection  Wooden, J. & Jamison, S. (1997). Wooden: A lifetime of observations and reflections on and off the court. Lincolnwood, IL: Contemporary Books. References Cont.
  18. 18. Questions & Answers & Discussion