I believe that coaching is a manipulation of the body’s complex internal systems and hormones in order to bring about adequate adaptations within each athlete so that they may reach their highest potential.
I believe that as a coach the onus is on me, in as far as I have control, to first do no harm. As far as possible the athlete and the health of the athlete must always come first.
I believe that there is far more to coaching than simply dishing out a few training sessions. These training sessions must be carefully thought out and planned with an understanding as to why each and every session has been given.
I believe that a coach must have a sound understanding of sports science and physiological principles and to this end I have invested both financially and time wise, and continue to do so, so that I may gain all the knowledge I can. I have completed 3 quality coaching certifications. The first is the U.S.A. Track and Field Level 1 and Level 2 certification. I completed Level 1 at the West Point Military Academy in the state of New York and Level 2 at the North Carolina State University in the state of North Carolina. The U.S.A. Track and Field Level 2 certificate is equivalent to the IAAF Level 4 certificate. I also spent close on 12 months in completing the NAASFP Marathon Coach certification, an in depth 24 month coaching certification.
I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to coaching. Every individual is unique and every individual adapts and responds differently to the same training stimulation, hence the training given must be adapted to match the athlete’s current fitness level, training age and developmental stage.
Winning is important, but not at the expense of the athlete. I do not believe that a coach should push an athlete to their breaking point just so that the coach can receive accolades. At the highest level there will always be a fine line between breaking point and success. Based on the desire of the athlete, I will work alongside him/her, striving to bring out the best in them, by using knowledge, understanding, insight, hard work, discipline and an open professional coach-athlete relationship.
I believe in a drug free sport and would like to encourage all athletes and other coaches to take the drug free pledge on the I Play Fair website. My feeling is, if you’re going to beat me, beat me fair and square. If I’m going to beat you, I’m going to beat you fair and square.