East Tennessee believes a successful team and an athlete’s positive experience fall on employing certified professional coaches who have a passion for the sport they coach.
Although many factors help determine outcomes in sports, coaches have a direct influence on athletes, their attitudes and performance. Athletes perceive and interpret their athletic experience based on the leadership they receive, as well as their ability to perform well. Effective coaches influence athletes toward greatness.
Coaches can have a huge impact on athletes’ personal lives and goals and how they perceive themselves and their community. Individual athletes look to coaches for leadership and encouragement beyond the sports environment, and this also carries over to athletic performance. According to Athletic Insight, the relationship between a coach and a student-athlete determines overall motivation and stress levels. Coaching behavioral practices such as hard work, compassion, cooperation, loyalty and enthusiasm, can lead to positive leadership and can influence individual athletes toward personal growth and success.