1st Edition

What Great Coaches Do Differently 11 Elements of Effective Coaching

By Rob Haworth, Todd Whitaker Copyright 2010
    144 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    144 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    This book describes the beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes of great athletic coaches. Where do they focus their attention? How do they spend their time and energy? And how can others gain the same advantages? Here, Rob Haworth and Todd Whitaker describe the qualities of champion athletes, coaches, and parents. Applying and extending the concepts presented in Whitaker's What Great Teachers Do Differently and What Great Principals Do Differently, this book demonstrates how effective coaching calls for "people skills" that the best coaches practice every day. Perfect for the coaches of your favorite school sports teams! "Plenty of real sports examples! The authors present a positive approach to understanding what great coaches do differently." -- Gene Shelkett, Principal, Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK

    About the Authors
    1. Why Look at Great?
    The Clinic
    The Curse of Previous Knowledge
    2. People, Not Programs
    Jills and Joes, Not X's and O's
    The Spread Offense
    The Social Contract
    Player-Coach Relationship
    3. Inside Out
    House for Sale
    4. Coaching 101
    Negative Reinforcement
    Authentic Praise
    Public versus Private Praising
    5. Your Best Athlete
    Decision-Making Skills
    Peeling a Banana
    Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted
    What Will My Best Athletes Think?
    6. Expectations
    The Athletic Triangle
    Professionalization of Youth Sports
    What are the Odds?
    7. Playing Time
    Most Precious Thing
    I'm Sorry That Happened
    The Highway Patrol
    Talking about Playing Time
    8. Who is the Most Comfortable?
    Treat Everyone as if They are Good
    Uncomfortable Parents
    Uncomfortable Athletes
    Comfortable Coaches
    9. Planning
    Rules versus Expectation
    10. Over-Coaching
    The Power to Ignore
    Dirty Laundry
    Handling Your Best Athlete
    11. Winning
    Finding the Scoreboard
    Winning Behaviors


    Dr. Rob Haworth is a vice president for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Director of the Champions of Character program. The Champions of Character program provides character education to coaches, athletes, and parents at all levels of sport participation. The goal of the program is to improve the culture of sport. Rob, who is recognized as an up-and-coming leader in the field of character-driven athletics, has made several presentations at the local, state, and national levels. He is married to Amy. They are the parents of Olivia and Eric.Prior to joining the NAIA in July 2008, Rob spent 20 years in public education. During that time, he served as a school district superintendent, assistant superintendent, athletic director and teacher. Rob’s duties also included many years as a high school baseball and basketball coach. He is a graduate of Greenville College, Illinois, where he competed in cross-country and track and field. He holds a master’s degree in education from Indiana University and a doctorate in philosophy in educational leadership from Indiana State University.,
    Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.Before moving into higher education, he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri, and he still holds a school record for most wins in a season at one of the high schools where he coached. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written 22 educational books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Teaching Matters, Great Quotes for Great Educators, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is a professor of elementary education at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children, Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.