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A Coach

I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in athletics. Its my personal approach that creates the climate. Its my daily mood tat makes the weather. As a coach, I possess a tremendous power to make an athlete's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether an athlete will be escalated or de-excalated and an athlete huanized or de-humanized.

No Written word

Nor spoken plea

Can teach young minds

What they should be

Nor all the books

On all the shelves

But what the coaches

are themselves.

Adapted from Haim Ginott.