why hire a doormat? wrote:
put the a** in assistant wrote:
11. Do not speak unless spoken too
12. Of course so and so needs more(or less) mileage/speed work/weight training
13. Be a yes man(or woman)
14. Head coach always coaches the Varsity/super star
15. Assistant coaches JV
16. Take 100% of the blame
17. “I got those same splits”
If you hire an assistant (in coaching or any other field), ideally you are hiring them because they know things you don't know or they can do things you can't do. It is healthy for the head coach to be in charge and command respect. It isn't really in anyone's best interest to hire a complete lackey, though.
If I'm a head coach and I hire you to coach the pole vault, I'm hiring you because you know how to coach an event that I don't know how to coach. I don't want you to be an a$$ kisser. I want you to be the best pole vault coach in the state/conference. It wouldn't benefit me or the team or anyone for me to hire someone who is content to be my doormat.
I agree 100%. I've seen head coaches with huge egos that collect a staff of lackeys and have a terrible program because of it. Then they blame their programs failures on their assistants, "I can't do everything", makes me laugh every time. Some are so insecure they run off any assistants that are competent or show any autonomy. Then wonder why they can't find good help.
I hire assistants that know what they are doing and want to be there, putting in the work every day. If they want to do the work but don't know how, I mentor them so that they are competent on their own. Then they are an asset instead of a lapdog.
It's not that hard to build a strong coaching staff, unless you're an insecure, egotistical, control freak.