Parents sift their children through activities and sports in an effort to make them more well-rounded and prepared for the world. Toward that effort, we place our children in the hands of teachers and coaches with a variety of approaches and philosophies. Some are hyper-focused on winning and losing, others on pure fun (“everybody gets a trophy!”), and some tackle the more sought after hybrid: win or lose, and have fun either way. However, if you’re lucky, you may win the coach lottery, as we feel we did. Our children have a coach who brings not only his knowledge and love of the game to his team, but also totes his heart, soul, and grit along for all to share.
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Over the last six months I’ve been inspired on a weekly basis by a gentleman who goes by the name Coach Z. Coach Z is a tennis coach who came to us highly recommended by a family friend. She told us Coach Z would not only teach our children tennis skills but life skills as well. So with three children who were moderately interested in tennis at best, I was somewhat hesitant to pay for weekly lessons. However, my wife and I decided to give Coach Z a call and set up our first lesson at our neighborhood courts.
Fast forward 6 months
My kids along with two of their friends are not the only ones who look forward to their weekly tennis lessons with Coach Z. On tennis days, I feel like a child anxiously awaiting recess, eager to watch Coach Z instruct our kids with a formula unlike any other. For me, witnessing him in action is a refreshing reminder that there ARE amazing role models for kids. In a time when there is so much pressure to win (see previous post called The Art of Losing), Coach Z’s emphasis is on teaching skills, building confidence, and crafting well-rounded citizens.
What makes him so special and how can we learn from his qualities?
I guess for me, Coach Z is remarkably inspiring because of the complete package he brings to each and every lesson. As a physical education teacher for more than 20 years, I’m always searching for ways to improve my craft. Having the honor of observing Coach Z has provided me with professional development I could not find at a conference, hear at a lecture, or read in articles and self-help literature. I am privileged and humbled by my opportunity to meet and observe this outstanding coach.
Oh, and by the way, along with everything mentioned above, my kids’ skill level and knowledge of tennis has blossomed. Thanks Coach Z.
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