As young coaches enter the profession, they face uncertainty and various challenges.
We spoke with NSCAA Hall of Fame member Jerry Yeagley and head men’s coach at The Ohio State University John Bluem about how young coaches should approach some of these challenges. They offer their recommendations for the up-and-coming coach who is ready to kickoff his or her career.
For Bluem, an essential trait every coach should have is an “everlasting desire to improve.” He highlights specific traits and examples from his experience as a young coach that he credits to his development as a coach and as an educator.
Yeagley focuses on the commitment each coach needs to make as they begin their career. He highlights the importance of contributing to the community and networking with peers. For Yeagley, there is no shortcut to success and he addresses how-to and not-to jump into the job market.
This is the first part of a two-part series that includes Tom Sermanni, USWNT Head Coach; Tony DiCicco, SoccerPlus CEO and Founder; and Anson Dorrance, head women’s coach at the University of North Carolina.