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How Coaches Can Learn Quickly When Put In A New Coaching Position

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This resource stems from a question submitted to the Ask PCA blog. Responses come from our experts including PCA Trainers, who lead live group workshops for coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes.

“Hello, I am going into my third year of coaching high school cheerleading after coaching at the grade school level for 16 years. This change has brought so many different dynamics that I struggle with how to adjust. Do you have recommendations on things you could share or that I could read that would help me be a better coach? Thank you!”

PCA Response by PCA Lead Trainer, Joe Terrasi

For starters, you’re already doing the most important right thing to improve: You’re adopting a “growth mindset” and a learner’s disposition. One of the things I’ve noticed that truly great coaches have in common is that they are insatiable learners. To put it another way, great coaches hold themselves accountable for improving as more or more as they hold their athletes accountable. We all tell our athletes how important it is to continually improve; great coaches model that in their own approach to their work.

Before we get to books and specific resources, let’s talk about some important resources that might be right at your doorstep. One of most useful learning tools is our local network of coaches. Having formal or informal meetings and conversations with local coaches you admire is one of the greatest resources we have. One great idea is to strike up a conversation with a rival coach whom you respect.

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