Coaching Philosophy

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 in Practices, Technique, Wrestlers

One of the lessons I took from reading Dan Gable’s “Coaching Wrestling Successfully” when I first started coaching is the importance of developing a coaching philosophy to guide me. Not surprisingly, my philosophy has evolved over the past 8 years as I’ve grown as a coach and especially as I’ve started working with elementary school wrestlers. In fact, the younger wrestlers have helped me see, more clearly than ever, the essence of why I coach and what I hope to accomplish working with young athletes. My philosophy consists of the following 4 core principles that provide the foundation for everything I do as a coach.

1. Wrestling is a classroom for life

2. Define success properly

3. Teach fundamental positions and techniques that work at all levels of wrestling

4. Cultivate a positive attitude