Prolonged Exposure to Coaching can become Addictive
This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Minnesota to meet with Coach Mike Rowe and in the process, see his Rocori Spartans play in the State High School 4A Semifinals in US Bank Stadium. The Spartans quickly found themselves down 14 points early in the 1st quarter. With so many things going wrong they continued to fight to the point that they held the lead until the final 1:21 of the 4th quarter. Having gotten to know Coach Rowe over the last 4 years, I have no doubt his team’s resiliency in large part was a byproduct of his Character Program. The Spartans ultimately ended up losing and in defeat Coach Rowe perfectly summed up how I feel as a youth coach after a tough season ending loss.
“So proud of these young men and how they handle adversity. Came up short today, but the loss is not why I am sad. All I ever want is one more day to coach these kids and hangout with my coaching peers.”
Getting a chance to watch our young players grow, become more confident, and to learn to fight through adversity are some of the most rewarding parts of being a youth coach. Adding in the opportunity to build relationships with other coaches coaching can become quite addictive.