I love the game of soccer, and have been a player of the game for years. I became involved in coaching it at a rather young age, but largely in minor roles. The 2015 season will represent my 5th season as the head coach of the varsity girls’ soccer program at the Manhattan school that I teach at. And since I’m also a progressive educator I’ve written before about the dilemma I sometimes have reconciling the different worlds.
Coaching is something that I do that I see as very close to teaching, while being a unique way to present other life lessons that are different, while compatible, to those of the academic world. Sports in general are a fantastic way to present complimentary life lessons and experience to those we learn in school.
A lot of what I’ve learned as a head coach, and someone who is trying to develop and direct a program, has been done through direct experience. I never learned under a mentor. While I think I’ve done reasonably well so far and picked up what I needed quickly, I know I have a long way to go to reach a level that I’m genuinely happy with. This season I’ve decided to spend some time in the coming season reflecting on the diversity of the moving parts that make up a team, as well as my own role as the facilitator of the growth of the program.
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