The Coaching Conundrum The systematic failure of today’s coaches

I was doing some research on what makes a successful coach, and I came across an article written by Wayne Goldsmith. Admittedly, I had no idea who Wayne Goldsmith was when I first came across the article; thus, further research ensued.


I found that Wayne Goldsmith is one of the premier international sports coaches in the world. He has worked with those who have been to the top, whether in Olympic Games, world championships, professional football finals, or on international tours.


In his article “The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Coaches,” Goldsmith brings up a point that I see as the root of so many coaching problems. He said, “Athletes are only athletes for an hour or two at most each day. For the other 22-23 hours each day they are human beings.”


As an athlete myself, I see first-hand how coaches fail at this. So many times coaches claim to train their athletes to become great people; however, in a “do-whatever-it-takes-to-win” culture, these coaches quickly shift their mindset instead to training their people to become great athletes. And, unfortunately, that is where the training so often stops.


Taking Goldsmith’s concept of “athletes are only athletes for an hour or two a day,” that means the majority of who the athlete is as a person is neglected.