Ethics in Coaching

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Coaching Philosophy, Ethics

Recently my ethics as a college soccer coach were called into question by another coach in the profession.  I realize that this job creates an environment of extreme competition, but hopefully we don’t compromise on our values and ethics to gain a competitive advantage.

I think it comes down to having a coaching philosophy that outlines the objectives and motivators ahead of time instead of dealing with issues as they arise.

For me coaching is about the players and what they are getting out of the experience.  I want them to come away from Dakota Wesleyan as better men who have grown through trials and challenges that have helped to shape their character.  What better environment than athletics where athletes deal with victory, defeat, set backs, distractions, unity, selfishness, goal setting, motivation, leadership, etc?  What a great opportunity to work on solidifying the values that will carry us through a lifetime of the same challenges.  But there needs to be a coach who wants to be proactive about helping athletes develop in these areas.  We can’t just put our kids in sports and expect them to come out on the other side with a strong moral base. 

Athletics provides an environment where these things can be taught and brought out in our players, but it won’t just develop on it’s own without an intentional coach.

So much of our program is about character and values, being a person who has integrity.  When these things are called into question it is disappointing that people see me as a coach, or a program as otherwise.  But again, it’s an opportunity for us to work on our character development as well.  I need to rise to the occassion as much as my players need to, and I need to be more worried about doing the right thing and the peace of mind it give me rather than worry about what others are saying.

Having a strong foundation in my faith is also a must to stand the tests of this profession.  Maybe we shouldn’t take these tests as offensive, but as a compliment that we are worthy to be tested and that others want to see us fail?

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