These photos below are of some of the kids I coach as well as some of the kids that in our program. E.S.B.A. ELITE is an organization that plays AAU basketball and in a few years will be known all over the world. These kids put in more work than what is asked. They do this while still being kids and figuring out if it’s time to work on their game or hang out with friends. That's a hard decision to make as a teenager, but these kids know what they want and they work for it. Couldn't ask for a better group of kids. That what makes the coaching community unique in my eyes. Not only are you coaching kids that want to better their self on and off of the court, but we are their role models. I love to see my kids around the community and the first thing they do is run up and say "T what you been doing" or "coach do we have to run a practice today" (my answer is the same every time and that is "of course"). I can personally relate to this group of kids you are about to see. They set goals and accomplish them. As a coach I these guys push me to do the same.
I wanted to advocate for the coaching community to show that good coaches are more than just coaches. Good coaches are people who help in their own community by mentoring the kids in that community. We are leaders to the kids that we are around. They look up to us as role models. The impact a coach can have on a kid’s life is amazing and vice versa. That's if it’s being done the right way. our program E.S.B.A. ELITE can honestly hang our hat on that. We do things the right way. Which means keeping the kids best interest at heart no matter the situation. The kids come first, then their development on and off the court. These kids are our future, and we must teach them the things in life that will help them transition into great adults and leader. Coaching has giving me the platform to do this and much more. A coach can see his impact on the kids in community right away. That's a great feeling. Through this essay I hope that you can see that the coaching community when done the right one is a great thing to be a part of. I love being in the community. I get to meet new people while traveling the nation, and playing top competition in that state. I get to watch up in coming hoop stars that maybe in the NBA one day and I will be able to tell my kids that "hey I coached against that guy or seen him play in a tournament before". I went to watch a few of our players play last night at Huntington High School. The excitement I get when I watch these kids play is amazing. I can see all the hard work that has been put in. It’s starting to pay off in a big way. As a coach, it’s not too much more that you can ask for. Also, over the past few years E.S.B.A. ELITE has produced more than ten kids that has went on to play sports at a collegiate level. All of this has come from hard work, and dedicating yourself to your craft.
@SportsFeelGood, editor. “Dean Smith Quotes | Basketball Quotations | Carolina Coach.” Sports Feel Good Stories, @Sportfeelgood, www.sportsfeelgoodstories.com/dean-smith-quotes/.“The coaches job is to be part servant in helping each player reach his goals within the team concept.” Coach Smith tells us how important it is that we as coaches have the best interest for these kids. That goes with teaching them life lessons as I talked about earlier. Dean Smith was an iconic man and coach. He was always of the for front of social issues such as equality of all people and many more topics. He has been commended for taking a stance on these such issues when a lot of other coaches choose to stay quiet on the situation. I feel this source would fit my essay well because coach Smith is a great example being more than just a coach. He was a role model to the kids who came through the North Carolina program and other coaches that were around him.
Capone, Francine, and Mark Ruth. “Four Views of Coaching.” 2012Table of Contents, 11 July 2012, gsaec.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/background-paper-the-voices-at-the-table-ruth-04-19-12.pdf. This essay gives incite on the future of coaching and why everyone shouldn't be considered a coach. He talks about how athletes are being lead on by these so called coaches who do not have the kids best interest at heart. A lot of people just pick up a team and go compete with them and that is that. That's not coaching. Coaching takes the ultimate dedication to the kids, program, and the community. If we can improve the community through coaching that in turn one day will improve the kids which will improve our future. This essay gives great background on coaching and why everyone should pump the breaks on calling them self “coaches”. This also is a great reminder to me that my jobs is never done when it comes to these kids.
Gene, Robert et al. “Hoop Dreams: The Real Thing.” The Criterion Collection, Sal U. Llyod, 31 Mar. 2015. speaks on two stories from two individuals that grew up around the same area. One was very fortunate money wise and the best player in the state. The other player was a little less fortunate and had to work for everything he had. In the end the kid who worked the hardest went the furthest while the other just kept hitting a wall and could never get pass that. A great story on handwork beating talent that I apply to coaching. A film like "Hoop Dreams" is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself. e learn, for example, of how their extended families pull together to help give kids a chance. How if one family member is going through a period of trouble (Arthur's father is fighting a drug problem), others seem to rise to periods of strength.
Calipari , John, and Michael Sokolove. Publishers Weekly. 1/27/2014, Vol. 261 Issue 4, p183-183. 1/5p., 2014, Academic Search Complete [EBSCO]. This book centers on keeping his focus on the players—what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another. He is beloved by his players for being utterly honest with them and making promises that he always keeps, no matter what. John Calaprari the definition of a coach that totally dedicates his self to his team and consistently shows that. Coaching is more about running plays. We help these kids grow into better men for their future.
Elmore, Tim. “6 Steps Great Coaches Take to Help Athletes Reach Potential.” TheHuffingtonPost.com, 1 Feb. 15ADAD. this artcle out of the huffington post gives a few ways on how to help you players reach theri full potential on and off of the court. We as coaches have to make sure they are in a positive environment at all times while in our care. That's why one cant put coaching under one umbrella because we are more than coaches to these kids. We are parents, mentors, father figures, and many more things.
“Jay Bilas.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay Bilas. Jay Bilas is a commentator that calls college basketball games. He once played at duke university and was a very good player. Bilas served as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke for three seasons from 1990 to 1992. While serving as an assistant coach My paragraph on teaching kids hard work through coaching had a lot to do with Mr. Bilas views on hard work being instilled in kids at a young age. “hard work beat talent when talent does not work hard” That quote is something I teach my kids from the start. I tell them that yes someone may be taller, faster, stronger, but that doesn’t mean that they can outwork that person.
Krzyzewsk, Mike. “Coach K .” CoachK.com, Official Website of Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K is someone I look up to. His attitude and beliefs about the game of basketball is next to none. Coach K coaches duke basketball and a slew of other events including the USA men’s basketball program. He is a coach that inspires me to become a better teach, listener and coach. “A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.” Great quote from one of the best coaches in the game of basketball. College and Pro! “In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure.”
Byrd , Hannah. Prezi.com/, 13 Apr. 2015, prezi.com/efl4ay6vybvn/why-is-dean-smith-so-legendary/. Michael Jordan was a player for the University of North Carolina who later went to play for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. "Other than my parents, no one had a bigger influence on my life than Coach Smith," Jordan said in a statement. "He was more than a coach -- he was my mentor, my teacher, my second father. Coach was always there for me whenever I needed him and I loved him for it. In teaching me the game of basketball, he taught me about life. My heart goes out to Linnea and their kids. We've lost a great man who had an incredible impact on his players, his staff and the entire UNC family." This quote form the great Michael Jordan goes to show what type of person coach smith was, and that why I had to put him in this essay.
Grossman, Evan. “Jim Valvano's ESPYS Speech Remains ESPN's Most Impactful Moment.” NY Daily News, 11 July 2016. "I'm going to speak longer than anyone else has spoken tonight," Valvano had said, accepting the first ESPN-created Arthur Ashe Courage Award. "Time is very precious to me. I don't know how much I have left and I have some things I would like to say." "To me, there are three things we all should do every day of our life," Valvano said. "Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two, think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears, be it happiness or joy. This is probably the most influential person outside of my parents. This guy overcame the odds by winning a national championship and never giving up on his battle with cancer.
Tomblin, Mike. “TOP 18 QUOTES BY MIKE TOMLIN | A-Z Quotes.” A-Z Quotes, 15 Sept. 2015. "Hungry is a word that I've been analyzing here of late. It's not hunger that drives me, it's not hunger that needs to drive our football team. Hunger and thirst are things that can be quenched. We have to be a driven group; we have to seek greatness." "People aren't very good listeners, by nature ... Part of being a good communicator is recognizing and understanding that and trying to make the complex simple. I try to capture a concept, an idea or a moment in a few words. If they remember it, job done".