I read an article by a guy name Lou Pavlovich about screaming coaches that I thought was very interesting. I like sharing these kind of articles or stories because as a coach I am always looking to better myself so that I can become a better teacher of the game. Feel free to pass this one to your screaming coach. 🙂

Are coaches who constantly scream at their players more  effective in gaining victories than a coach who works hard with his athletes in a more fatherly, caring manner?

There is a time and a place where a coach needs to be a little bit more aggressive. You need to challenge your  players. But the way you challenge your players doesn’t have to be from an intimidating standpoint. When you challenge players and tell them you want to see how good they can be, it is effective. Coaches tell their players that they see a heck of a lot more inside of them than the  athlete probably see. The coach’s job is to see what the potential is and bring that out.

Have you ever seen the FEDEX logo?


Between the E and X is a white arrow which is integrated into the design. How many times have you seen this logo? Probably thousands of times, but you rarely see the integrated white arrow. So with that said we sometimes see ourselves coach one way. Its similar to looking at the Fed Ex logo and not seeing the white arrow.

The old school style that may have worked at one time by intimidating players by coaches has been passed by with a new school way of teaching. This white arrow is the same way with coaching.

Do you see the white arrow within the logo? Or Do you see only the logo?

When coaches see this arrow they should think about coaching in a more productive way. Athletes see themselves when they see the logo. They don’t see the arrow that is inside them.

The job of a teacher/coach is to get your players to see things in the game of soccer and in themselves that have always been there but have never, ever been utilized before.


What transpires between intimidating coaches and caring coaches?

Intimidator coaches are people who put off what they want more and that is to be a good coach of significance and be a championship coach both on the scoreboard and also in the development of the student athletes’ lives. You truly don’t know if you had a successful season until 10 years later when your players come back to a reunion.

Do your players invite you to their weddings? When they come back from college, do they have a desire to go back and say hello to their soccer coach because he/she made a difference in who they are as a person?

That’s what successful coaching is all about.

When a coach has a set of guidelines, policies or team standards, how  does he enforce them? When players break team standard, and he/she is one of the best players on the team do you hold them accountable?

Your great coaches are consistent with enforcement.

Sometimes you have to put off for the moment what you want the most. Those great coaches understand that. They are willing to prove a  point even if it may cause the team to lose a game. They understand that learning soccer and it’s life lessons is not a sprint, but a marathon. It is important to hold everyone accountable and have team standards.

When the standards are challenged you need to be the coach who follows through on those standards. Once you set standards and you bend, you have lost all credibility.

by: Lou Pavlovich & Cain