How to Build a Strong Coach-Athlete Relationship

Communication is fundamental for coaching. Successful coaches are master communicators, and unsuccessful coaches often fail, not for lack of knowledge, but for poor communication skills. Your job as a coach requires you to effectively communicate in a variety of situations, including arguing with a parent about why her daughter isn’t starting, explaining complex skills to athletes, introducing your team, and speaking with an official when you think the decision you are certain was incorrect.