NATIONAL COACHES DAY | OCTOBER 6
On October 6th, National Coaches Day honors the men and women who inspire us to work harder and do our best.
Across the country in every community, a coach organizes teams, plans practices and training, motivates players to strive to be the best they can be. At the same time, coaches pinpoint areas for improvement and supply guidance. Every sport or competition requires a leader. More importantly, a leader who knows the game and drives athletes to work together as a team.
The best coach is the one who sets you up for life, not the game. ~ Coach Snoop Doug
Many coaches maintain a schedule for training, conditioning, and preparing athletes. Not only do they create these schedules for competition but also for their best health. Injuries sideline athletes and upset team dynamics. Although a coach’s final goal is winning, they do so through a wealth of knowledge. Coaches work to build teams that bond well, too. They develop work ethics and set standards for their athletes that many carry with them throughout their lifetime.
When is National Sports Day?
For many athletes, coaches teach them to focus and how to reach a goal – which sometimes is not about winning. Sometimes the achievement is an improvement, playing by the rules or learning respect for others, themselves, or the game.
Coaches represent leadership, mentors, and inspiration. Often, a coach’s words will echo through an athlete’s mind for years to come. During difficult times, the words motivate them forward. Rarely do these coaches even know the impact they’ve had on an athlete until many decades pass. And athletes aren’t the only people who benefit from coaches. In an academic setting, coaches lead individuals and teams in speech, chess, drama, and many other types of competition.
John Madden – Coach of the Oakland Raiders, he led his team for ten seasons and a Super Bowl victory in 1977.
Kathryn Smith – As the first full-time female coach for the NFL, she inspires by sheer achievement. However, her background offers a unique perspective coaches and players both benefit from.
Herb Brooks – The NHL hockey coach led the United States to a win against the dominating Soviet Union in what became known as the Miracle on Ice.
Tony La Russa – With three world Series titles and a long list of wins, the Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals manager dominated the AL and NL during his career.
Cheryl Miller – The one-time basketball coach for Cal State LA, she led her team to two NCAA tournaments. She now reports to TNT as a sports broadcaster.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL COACHES DAY
Celebrate a coach who inspired you. Share a transformational memory with your coach. No matter how many years have passed, contact coaches who impacted your life and thank them.
Organize a celebration for your coach. Bring the team together and let your coach know how much you appreciate all they do. Invite former coaches to be honored at schools and organizations.
Use #NationalCoachesDay to share stories, memories, and events about your favorite coaches.
NATIONAL COACHES DAY HISTORY
In 1972, President Richard Nixon issued proclamation 4157 naming October 6th as National Coaches Day. He encouraged activities and ceremonies honoring coaches for the friends and counselors they become.
Q. Besides sports, what other types of coaches are there?
A. Coaching goes beyond athletics. Coaches benefit many facets of our lives. For example, individuals and businesses of all kinds often hire business coaches to advance their careers and expand their businesses. Other kinds of coaches include:
- Financial coach
- Life coach
- Health coach
- Educational coach
Q. Do coaches work virtually?
A. It depends on the type of coach whether they are able to work in a virtual environment. Athletics require a lot of face-to-face time with the team members. However, other coaches, like a health coach, may only require virtual contact.