Navigating Mid Season Coaching Changes


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Navigating Mid Season Coaching Changes

  1. 1. Navigating Mid-Season Coaching Changes<br />Adam H. Naylor<br /><br />AASP Conference 2009<br />
  2. 2. To My “Boss” In the Middle of the Season<br />Assumption:<br />I’m on my way out with him.<br />Reality:<br />Stay around…<br />
  3. 3. A Season to Remember<br />Canadian Hockey League (CHL) – major junior team<br />16-20 year olds<br />Pros in training<br />Professional schedule and small stipends<br />Over half of each team will “graduate” to pro hockey<br />Record: 22-46 (made the playoffs)<br />2 years off of a division championship victory<br />At least 2 prominent draft picks every recent team<br />
  4. 4. My Role with the Team<br />Sport psychology educator<br />Contracted for 1 workshop a month for duration of season<br />Leadership educator for team captains<br />Sounding board for players and coaches<br />
  5. 5. The Mid-Season Change<br />Coach A<br />Coach B<br />“Young”<br />American<br />Intimidating<br />High expectations<br />Character<br />Passionate<br />Believes in sport psychology<br />Record: 14-32<br />“Experienced”<br />Maritime Canadian<br />Welcoming<br />High expectations<br />Character<br />Passionate<br />Believes in sport psychology<br />Record: 8-14<br />
  6. 6. An Unusual Challenge<br />A Business in Chaos<br />The sport psych guy is an afterthought<br />Breakdown of communication systems<br />The Best Laid Plans… Need Re-Planning<br />Norms are no longer norms<br />Basic Tenets of Psych Practice Challenged<br />Transition<br />Care for the client (athlete)<br />Closure/termination<br />
  7. 7. Defining “Successful” Navigation<br />Professionalism, ethics, and respect of the business of sport<br />Appropriate concern for “primary clients”<br />Continuation or closure as possible<br />Maintenance of quality educational initiatives<br />* It is nice to keep your job, but accomplishing this feat does not necessarily mean “successful” navigation<br />
  8. 8. Considerations for Navigating a Coaching Change<br />Self-Management and Monitoring<br />Professionalism<br />Re-Rapport Building<br />
  9. 9. Personal FactorsSelf-Management and Monitoring<br />Ego/Pride<br />No one likes the potential of losing one’s job<br />Dedication<br />Liking to finish the job you started<br />Loyalty<br />To previous coach, to players, to team<br />How do you remain objective and professional<br />Impatience<br />With a mental/emotional development plan in place… will you see it to fruition?<br />
  10. 10. Our “Humanness” Can Get In Our Way During Such Stressful SituationsCheck Your Internal Compass Regularly<br />
  11. 11. Professional FactorsProfessionalism<br />Maintaining Contact<br />Proceed cautiously – gatekeeper is coaching staff, do not contact players directly unless they have contacted you first<br />A Stiff Upper Lip<br />Do not add to coaches and athletes ill wills<br />“I’m not here to talk about the past…”<br />Be Flexible<br />To new norms and new expectations<br />Strive for educational objectives while being flexible how information will be delivered<br />
  12. 12. Situational/Leadership FactorsRe-Relationship Building<br />Group Process – Storming<br />Trust and interest of new coach must be established<br />Listen<br />Be team and player focused<br />New coach is the boss… treat as such<br />Nothing is certain<br />Workshop, game time, and practice protocol may/will be changed<br />Be open minded<br />The change was “business not personal”<br />
  13. 13. Concluding Thoughts<br />Be professional and be patient<br />Righteousness is rarely either<br />System is in transition, smooth sailing takes time<br />Remain client-centered remembering that you are part of a dynamic system<br />Help manage the emotions of players and coaches<br />Guide towards future focus<br />Be prepared for new ways of working with and relating to team<br />
  14. 14. Thank You<br />Adam H. Naylor, Ed.D., AASP-CC<br /><br />