coaching todays athletes

How Coaching Has Changed in the Last 30 Years

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My first head coaching position in the NFL began close to 30 years ago. In many ways, coaching today is not much different. The goals remain the same. You want to help players be the best they can be and you want to create a culture of teamwork and unity. Those things never change.

However, there is one thing that is very different now. Here’s how coaching today’s athlete has changed.

What’s changed? How to get through to the players. Our younger generation is made up of visual learners. They learn by seeing and communicating face-to-face. When working with this generation, you have to find ways to connect by building relationships and earning trust. It may be more involved and a little more difficult, but the message remains the same—and it’s still important.

Think about how you can break through and build trust with younger people so you can lead them.

Sound off: What do you think it takes to connect with younger people?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “How does someone earn your trust?”