Q&A: How to Select Coaches For Your Association
Ed asks: Our association is starting the process of considering our coaching options for 2009-2010. Do you have suggestions as to the criteria we should use when selecting a coach, everything from resume to questions to ask? Also, when doing their performance reviews, I assume that you can follow a good business outline. But what else?
Answer: I believe it is important to look at the coach’s hockey knowledge and their ability to teach the fundamental skills of the sport. Communication is one of the most important qualities that a coach can posses. I would ask the coach to put together a practice plan to be reviewed by the Coaching Director or whomever is responsible for hiring the coaches. This will provide a snapshot of their organizational skills, their knowledge base and their ability to plan for the players development. I always feel that an essential component to selecting coaches is the evaluation process and to get feedback from parents, players and other coaches within the organization.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Jim Johnson for his input.
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