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The Pros And Cons Of Being Coached By A Sibling

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Katie Saylor (@saylorwillrun) played and coached Lacrosse at Division III Wellesley College. She continued pursuing her passion in sports by earning her M.B.A. and Master's in Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Katie spent two years as a member of PCA's Marketing team from 2014-2016. Now you can find Katie teaching, coaching, and advising students at The Nueva School (@nuevaschool). She became a PCA trainer in 2015 and loves to meet student-athletes from across the Bay Area.

This clip shows an athlete’s perspective of being coached by a sibling. Katie’s older brother coached her field hockey team in high school even though he did not know much about the sport. In terms of pros and cons, one pro was establishing bonds with her brother in ways she had not before.

However, it was a difficult adjustment period for her as it can be for many people who have family members as coaches. For example, sometimes it was hard to remember that while on the field he was the coach, not just her brother. An adjustment period often is necessary for athletes coached by parents or siblings to process the variety of roles in which they now see their family members.