Episode 52

What Does It Take to Be a Great Coach?

What makes a great coach?

Not an easy question, is it? From teaching mechanics to inspiring their players, great coaches do a whole lot. We went to Jill Kochanek, Head Girl's Soccer Coach at Oldfields School in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss this subject. Jill is a recipient of the prestigious Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award presented by TeamSnap, so it’s safe to say that she knows a thing or two about great coaching.

Where does passion for coaching come from? How do we help our players balance academics with athletics? How important is it for young female athletes to have female coaches? And what can we do about problem parents? Whew. That's just a few of the topics we cover! 

If you're a coach, thinking about becoming a coach, or want to know what it's like to be a coach, this one's for you!

(This is part one of a four-part series with select winners of the Double-Goal Coach Award. Stay tuned for more!)

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]


Release Date: Mar 15 2016