Athletes explain why coaches are good role models


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GRANGER’S coaches are more than a simple necessity for the team. Rebecca Moleni (11) is a volleyball player here at Granger that illustrated how important her coach really is. “There are many things that make my coach a role model not only to me but also to my team,” Moleni said. When a coach is a role model to the athletes, it is a really good thing because it shows that the players can trust and have a bond between the coach and among themselves.

“One thing that makes my coach a role model to me is he doesn’t like to yell at us during practice or during a game,” Moleni said. When a coach is not always constantly yelling at the players for every wrong move that the athletes do, it helps the athletes. Most athletes concentrate more when the coach is just talking about what they need to work on instead of shouting at them.

“Another reason that makes my coach a role model is he understands us. He understands that there are going to be some days that we don’t really don’t feel good or something has happened to where we will not be able to make to that practice,” Moleni said.

There are going to be times when a coach will understand what you are going through, but there will also be times like when there is a game coming up that the coach has to start pushing their athletes to do better than the last practice.

Michelle Cansino (12) is a senior on the track and field team here at Granger High. “I have many reasons why my coach can be a role model. One reasoning is they get how we can be sometimes. They know that yelling at us is something that can make us lose courage at a track meet,” Cansino said.

Sometimes when in a sport there may be one specific coach that you will have positive opinions about. “That coach for me would be Jefferies. Jefferies is a role model because he takes time to help others and put them first instead of thinking about himself,” Cansino said.

When having a coach as a role model, sometimes they hold the philosophy of letting the athletes explore what they feel is right for them that gets their team a win. “With having a coach, most of the time their options for my teammates and I are to explore how we feel how we can make this team better,” Cansino said.

Coaches play a big part when it comes to sports. One big part that the coaches play is not giving up on the athletes. “With my coach something that I admire is them putting their time in to help us, and a big thing is they won’t give up on us. They put all their time and energy to help us accomplish something we want to improve on,” Cansino said.

One of the biggest things that athletes like to see their coaches can be is a hard working coach. Christopher Freestone (11) plays for Granger High School’s baseball team.

“If there is one thing I know that makes my coach a role model is him being a hard working coach. For me a hard working coach is a wonderful thing. It shows not only me but also my teammates how much our coach cares to help us,” Freestone said.

Some other things that you would want to see in a coach is the coaches taking leadership in what they are doing. “Taking leadership as a coach is something that every coach has even if they are beginner coaches,” Freestone said.

Sometimes the way the coaches bond with the players on and off the court or the field plays a large part. “When I’m getting to know my coaches, one thing that instantly pops in my head is much of a bonding time I will have with my coach. My coach is someone that I can trust with anything and on another note our bonding as a team and individually with our coach will last forever,” Freestone said.

There are many ways we can start a bond or have bonding moments with a coach, which makes our coaches the role models every athlete needs.