Philosophy of Sport
The great Vince Lombardi (1970) once said “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”. Playing for Vince Lombardi was much more then just showing up and going through the motions. His personal philosophy on coaching and leadership style brought out the very best in all of his players. It was through his teachings, and his ability to merge his coaching philosophy and his leadership approach that allowed him to establish what he believed was the best possible environment for his players. Vince Lombardi achieved the ultimate goal from a leadership perspective. He was able to use his teachings and personal philosophies to influence the lives of countless athletes, and to leave behind a legacy surrounded by culture, leadership, motivation, and above all else, he had the unique ability to create real change in the game of football.
Establishing a personal philosophy is one of the hardest things to do when it comes to coaching. It is easy to have a meeting with your coaching staff and figure out a different way to handle a certain situation or discuss how to prepare for the upcoming game, but when it comes to personal ideology and the establishment of a coaching philosophy, the only one you can turn to is yourself. This philosophy goes well beyond the playbook, and the athletic field. It is a culmination of life experiences, mixed with personal views and personal beliefs.
“A philosophy consists of (1) major objectives (the things you value and want to achieve) and (2) your beliefs or principles that help you achieve your objectives. These principles help you cope with the myriad of life’s situations. Often some of your beliefs or principles will change as they are shaped by your experiences.” (Martens, 2012, pg4).
Understanding the type of person you are, is the basic foundation for anyone’s coaching philosophy. If you look at Vince Lombardi for example, the basic foundation of his personal coaching philosophy started well before he was a professional football coach. Growing up in Brooklyn NY, Lombardi was the son of an Italian immigrant. Having five brothers and sisters made life difficult when it came to having financial freedom at that time. The foundation of his beliefs and moral structure started when he was 15 and became heavily involved with the Catholic Church. The teachings he learned at an early age gave way to his views and beliefs giving him a framework for his future ideologies in coaching.
Growing up in a diverse part of the country, I was able to experience people from all different backgrounds at a very early age. Being able to rationalize and ultimately figure out a solution to a problem with people who you might not necessarily agree with is a critical aspect of coaching. I came from a family oriented household where...