I started working with Tammy the season after she was fired from her job as a head coach.
Circumstances were complex. Her athletic director was dealing with pressure to reduce spending, legal battles within the department, NCAA compliance issues...things were a mess. The entangled web of problems led to her team being cut. She was out of a job.
She wasn't sure what she would do at first.
Leave coaching? She wondered 'who would ever hire me again...after having the stigma of being fired?'
It wasn't her fault. It wasn't performance based.
And still...she worried, 'how can I possibly explain my unique circumstances every time I call about a position or even put in an application?'
Tammy felt incredibly alone.
Coaches aren't bulletproof.
You need meaningful connections and support you can count on - just like any other human!
COACHING IS ISOLATING
Research done on elite sport coaches has shown how a wide range of stressors lead to isolation
1) Institutional demands.
Coaches are under pressure from their school. Athletic directors have hired coaches TO WIN.
2) Athlete (and parent) expectations.
Coaches are under more scrutiny than ever before...with some athletes texting their parents several times a day - examining every meeting, discussion, and decision you make. That's stressful!
3) Self-imposed pressure.
If you're like most coaches I work with, you put more pressure on yourself than anyone else. You're always supposed to have the right answers, make the right decisions, and have the confidence to back it up. Read More