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Positive Coaches Inspire, Encourage, Direct And Discipline

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Through the 2012-2013 season, Lionel Hollins (@LionelHollins14) was head coach of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. He is an NBA Champion player (starting at guard for the Portland Trailblazers, 1977), and a former NBA All-Star and All-Defensive First Teamer. He is also a sports parent of four children, including one who played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Hollins talks about his belief that positive coaching must involve inspiration, encouragement, and direction, which brings along discipline. Coaches want their players to do the right thing and understand that rules with consequences exist, and that talent isn’t the only thing that matters. Development is also about becoming an adult that is productive and successful. Supporting lessons to learn how to apply oneself, respect coaches, opposing teams, and referees is all important and part of positive coaching. Hollins speaks to his own experience growing up, describing how the coaches he had taught him the right things to be successful—this is important, because if a coach doesn’t do this, and the athlete continues to develop to tougher and tougher levels, there will come a point where they are no longer the best and are not equipped to deal with that.