“Do your best, where you are, with what you have, right now.”
“The big time is wherever you are.”
2. Create the Special.
There must be Pride in the Unit.
“Nothing is special, if you don’t make it special.”
Create the Environment. You are the Attitude Coach.
3. Be prepared.
Study. Plan ahead.
The more prepared you are, the fewer problems you’ll have.
Nothing shows worse than being unprepared. It’s a trust buster.
4. Be consistent.
Be tough, but fair.
“They don’t wear their jerseys in the weight room.”
Hold all accountable. Regarding rules and effort, don’t play favorites.
5. “Inspect what you expect.” Z. Ziglar
If you expect the ditch to be dug correctly…you’d better check it.
Don’t grow complacent.
6. Pick up your weights.
Your facility reflects program pride. Make the athletes help.
7. Squat, low and often.
Strength is the foundation of the athleticism pyramid. Squats dug the foundation and are a great attitude lift.
8. Be excited and recognize athlete’s successes.
Recognize success formally and informally (ex: award boards, t-shirts, verbal)
9. Ask athletes about their goals, families, and school work. Then listen!
Ask about things other than sports and strength.
You’ll learn and they’ll begin to trust. Be human.
10. Hit the reset button before going through the door at home.
Never take your frustrations out on your family.
They go through enough waiting for you.
Be thankful that God placed you in such an important position.
Thanks for reading! Stick around for the next edition of Coaches Corner with Mike Gentry every other Wednesday.
Mike Gentry is currently the Co-Founder and Director of High School Strength- a website that equips strength and conditioning coaches with proven leadership and training strategies to help athletes perform at their best and win at life. His mission is to encourage, educate, and support high school strength and conditioning coaches. Gentry retired as Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Performance in 2016 after a thirty-four year career directing the collegiate strength and conditioning programs at East Carolina University and Virginia Tech. He was inducted into the USA Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.