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Dan Coyle: The Craft Of Being A Good Coach

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Listen in as Positive Coaching Alliance goes 1-on-1 in interviews with top pro and college players, coaches, executives and other major sports figures who provide tips, tools, information and inspiration for youth and high school sports coaches, parents and student-athletes.

This 1-on-1 interview features Dan Coyle (@DanielCoyle), former youth baseball coach and New York Times bestselling author for works such as The Talent Code and Hardball: A Season in the Projects. Coyle joined the PCA National Advisory Board in 2015.

Jim Thompson (@JimThompson18), PCA Founder, talks to Coyle about how his writing changed how he felt about coaching, the different set of skills a coach needs to have, and why coaches need to be enthusiastic about the process of struggling.

Coyle talks about his realization that coaching goes beyond a sense of humor and a few ideas: it is about building skills and connecting human beings to a team. Coaches need to master hard skills that require muscle memory like swinging a baseball bat, and soft skills like recognizing patterns and reactions. Coyle also emphasized how coaches need to design spaces that allow players to function at the best of their ability and fail forward. Even though coaches have an overwhelming job, but they also have the power to become an important figure in their players’ lives, so it is important for them to understand the depth of their craft.

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