12 Essentials for Effective Assistant Coaches

Attached is an article from Coach & Athletic Director in Jeff Janssen, from the Janssen Sports Leadership Center.

Janssen’s article focuses on Getting the Most from Your Assistants ( Getting the Most from Your Assistants – Jeff Janssen ) and he ranks his top categories.

The categories are as follows (in order of importance):

  1. Loyalty
  2. Knowledge of the Game
  3. People Skills & Communication
  4. Hard Worker
  5. Enthusiastic Positive Attitude
  6. Organized & Dependable
  7. Initiative
  8. Great Teacher
  9. Honesty
  10. Ethical & Professional
  11. Willingness to Learn
  12. Compatible Philosophy

Are there any categories that need to be added, subtracted or revised?

The only thing I would mention is that assistant must be able to cross between all of these categories. For instance, having a compatible philosophy (#12) and having people skills/communicator are important when recruiting because assistant must be able to get the head coach’s vision for the program out to families, etc.

Head coaches should remember that their program will only be as strong as your assistants. While assistant must remember to make the head coaches life easier.

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