November/December 2020 - 14

IT'S NOT JUST
PLAYERS WHO NEED TO
BE WHO THEY ARE
By Darren Fenster, Boston Red Sox minor league coach; Founder/CEO, Coaching Your Kids, LLC
As coaches, we often talk about the
importance of our players being who
they are and doing what they do. We
want them to use their gifts, play with
their personalities, and not try to be
someone else. Players who truly know
themselves have the best chance to
maximize their unique potential.
It may be just as important for
coaches to be who they are and to do
what they do to enable them to help
maximize their players' and their
teams' full potential. Last winter,
HBO aired a documentary profiling
the relationship between two football
coaching legends, Bill Belichick and
Nick Saban. Unquestionably, coaches
across America watched intently with
pen and paper in hand, feverishly
taking notes and fully prepared to
be the next Belichick or the next
Saban by the time credits rolled.
Unfortunately, that is impossible.
There is only one Bill Belichick.
There is only one Nick Saban.
And there was only one Fred Hill.
In the spring of 2006, upon the
sudden end to my playing career,
Coach Hill created a position on his
Rutgers staff for me because, 1) he
thought I would make a good coach,
and 2) I had nothing better to do
and no plan B in life. At the time,
I thought this would be a simple
stopgap as I figured out what I
wanted to do with my life. Little did I
know that this would be the start of
my second life in the game.
Assistant coaches are the unsung
heroes of a coaching staff. They are
the epitome of the behind the scenes
worker who gets little reward and
even less recognition for the job they
do. An assistant coach has to be an
extension of the head coach. In order
NOMINATE AN
EMERGING LEADER
Coach & A.D. and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association have joined
forces to transition the Sports 40 Under 40 Awards to a monthly honor in an effort to
recognize emerging industry leaders year-round.
Nominate a rising star today from any segment of the industry who is:
* Under the age of 40
* Currently employed within the sports industry
* Demonstrating strong leadership qualities
* Striving to propel the industry forward through innovation and/or involvement
Monthly honorees will be recognized in each print issue and on Coach & A.D.'s social
media channels.
NOMINATE TODAY
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