the plain & simple:
My goal is to empower athletes to take ownership over their training process, giving them the tools to access the abundant potential that lives inside them.
the long & wordy:
Coaching has always meant much more to me than sets, reps, and exercise selection. In my early coaching experiences before I knew anything about programming tactics, connecting with athletes on a personal level was instinctual (& one of my few tools at the time). I’ve always been curious about my athletes’ interests outside of sport. Far too often, athletes are labeled and identified based solely on their physical accomplishments. It is my mission to understand athletes on a much deeper level. Communication is the basis of my work. Authenticity and genuine human connection are key for fostering long-term trusting relationships. People want to be heard and it is my goal to hear athletes out.
Before I ask someone to really push themselves, I want them to watch them move and make sure the potential prescription is safe and optimally challenging based on their current physical ability. Asking someone to perform a movement they’ve never done before shows me a lot about their self-efficacy, willingness to learn, and coachability. Simple observation tells me a lot. Do they hold themselves to a high standard? Do they have personal integrity? If an athlete is disciplined, eager to learn, and has a positive attitude, it will be much easier to guide their physical and technical development. The opposite is much more difficult.
My approach would likely be described as athlete-centered with the goal of developing the whole-athlete. To me, whole-athlete coaching means not focusing only on physical development, but also on technical, tactical, mental, and social factors. I want my athletes to know that they can confide in me and that the information they share will only help me help them. Chronic sleep deprivation, stress, or alcohol consumption are things I want to know about. These outside stressors have a massive influence on training outcomes; training adaptations will not be optimal if life outside of training is chaotic.
I provide varying levels of support depending on the athlete’s training age and level of experience. If I’m working with someone new, I prescribe specific warm up protocols, instructions, and mobility/flexibility training. I like to set clear objectives and expectations at the start. When an athlete demonstrates consistency and dedication, I encourage the athlete to take increasing levels of ownership over the goal setting process; allowing them to set objectives and expectations for themselves. Involving the athlete as much as possible is the goal. Using questions to raise their awareness but ultimately allowing them to make decisions is important. With this approach, the training process has the potential to be more meaningful.