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"What's In It For Me?": Positive Coaching Pays Back Tenfold

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Jerry York, Head Men's Hockey Coach at Boston College and PCA National Advisory Board Member, has coached for over 40 years, winning over 1,000 games. At BC, he won NCAA Championships in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He also won the 1984 title at Bowling Green University, making him one of only three coaches in NCAA history to lead two different schools to national titles.

In this video, Coach York explains how when you're working with athletes at a formative time of their lives, encouragement, positive reinforcement, and positive coaching in general is paid back tenfold as players develop. York says that negative coaches who demean and bully players may somehow derive satisfaction from their own behavior, but ultimately that is not the best way to develop teams or individual players. To York, positivity is something you must grasp in order to be a successful coach or have a successful career in general.