A Head Coach’s Guide for Working with Assistants
The head coach/assistant coach relationship can help a sports program become its best or it can lead to all kinds of problems. How well head coaches and assistant coaches navigate their relationships and deal with one another will have a major impact on the success of the experience of all of the people involved on the team. Unfortunately, not much has been written about the various elements of these relationships—until now.
A Head Coach’s Guide for Working with Assistants dives into the many nuances of how head coaches and assistant coaches work together and the factors that can contribute to the success or failure of a team and program. Everything starts with the head coach. How well he or she builds and develops these relationships in a positive manner will go a long way towards determining the direction a program takes. By looking at their various roles, characteristics they should display, and keys to making these relationships work, this book outlines ways for head coaches and assistant coaches to become cohesive units that work well together for the good of the program.
While A Head Coach’s Guide for Working with Assistants was written for head coaches, it is also a great guide to help assistant coaches learn their role in this relationship. There is also a companion book written specifically for assistant coaches called, The Assistant Coach’s Guide to Coaching. Both books are filled with important information for each group to learn best practices for how to handle this important relationship.