Tips From An Olympic Coach: Never Stop Learning & Embrace Every Role
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PCA National Advisory Board Member Katey Stone 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.
Stone shares in this clip how important she believes a growth mentality is to being a coach. She urges coaches, no matter what stage of the game or their career, to keep learning. Her commitment to learning runs deeps -- "When I stop learning, I will probably retire". She suggests coaches watch another team's practice, pick up on other tips and see what might work for your team.
Stone also believes that no task is too small for a coach. Taking part in the small things that make a team function is an important lesson for members of a coaching staff. Coaches should make it a goal to learn every piece of the team, or as she describes, "the small business".