Katey Stone: Working With Assistant Coaches
PCA National Advisory Board Member Katey Stone (@kbstone9) is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey. As head coach of the Harvard Crimson for the past 18 seasons, she has accumulated 378 victories and has led the team to several NCAA Championship appearances. She also coached the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team to a Silver Medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
In this video clip, Stone shares her wisdom on picking the right assistant coach, which she calls ""crucial"" to the success of a program. She believes choosing the right person is similar to choosing the right athletes, you have to identify their strengths, weaknesses and ideal team role.
Her simple, yet important advice for coaches going through this process, is to listen. Your assistants can bring a wealth of knowledge that differs from your own, so find someone who can compliment you in this way. She also believes that a consistent coaching staff is beneficial to a team, but there will always be circumstances where a short term coach is the right choice.