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Pat Fitzgerald On The Best Coaching Philosophy In Youth Sports

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Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is the Northwestern University Head Football Coach. Prior to coaching, his College Football Hall of Fame career included twice being named an All-American, twice winning both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards, and leading Northwestern to back-to-back Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl appearance in the mid-90's.

In this clip, Fitzgerald discusses a good coaching philosophy for youth sports coaches and his belief in the teachings of John Wooden. Specifically, Fitzgerald doesn’t think youth coaches should focus on the scoreboard. In fact, the final score shouldn’t even be your destination. He believes coaching youth sports should be about helping young people grow.

He also talks about the special relationship coaches can develop with young kids, which can have a lasting impact on them becoming better athletes and better people. The amount of parents who volunteer to coach youth sports creates unique opportunities for growth and development, which should focus on life lessons and character education, and not just scoreboard results, which matter less in the big picture.