Coaching : A Mix of Teaching & Learning

Opportunities can sometimes come out of the blue and catch you by surprise, and there will come a time when you take advantage of the opportunity. Or you either leave it. And a few months ago, I got offered an opportunity that I found too difficult to turn down.

It has been five years since I began playing in my senior year of basketball at my old high school, Ecole Gabrielle-Roy, and now, I am starting my journey as head coach for the senior team this year. If you told me in my last year of high school that I would be coaching the team a couple of years after graduation, I would have thought you were crazy. But it’s funny how life works sometimes.

Over the summer, I crossed paths with my old English teacher, and he asked me if I would be willing to be the head coach for the basketball team once the season rolled around. I knew I was in school at BCIT, but I also saw this as an exciting chance to be a part of something great.

Especially with how much I’ve been missing team sports, this was a way for me to expand on everything I’ve learned in the past and implement my way of doing things to help the team succeed.

I’ve been coaching for a month now and have learned a lot about myself and the players. In a way, this is my first-time teaching, but there’s more to coaching than just telling someone what to do. I’ve noticed that players need encouragement, tips, and tricks to learn how to play the right way on their own.

There’s also a fine line between being critical about mistakes, but also understanding that everyone makes mistakes and that not every game, play, or practice is perfect. And the big thing as a coach is to establish a goal for the entire team so they understand what it means to be a part of the team.

Not only have I learned all this in a month about my team, but I’ve seen myself grow. I’ve become better at communicating, more patient, and more empathetic. These qualities will continue to expand over the year, and looking forward to what’s in store for our first game.

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