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Summer by WAR

CP Coach Article NSCAA
“Another Radical Thought About Your Job”

by Workshop and Symposium Presenter, Donna Fishter

Team architect Donna Fishter has become a “household” name within the NSCAA ranks, as she has presented at numerous Association events and provided her expertise in the areas of leadership training, team culture development, and team/player empowerment.

This summer, Fishter is again sharing her knowledge with coaches who are attending the NSCAA/NFHS High School Workshop in Indianapolis and/or the NSCAA Summer Symposium in Orlando.

The following is a follow-up to “A Radical Thought” that Fishter has allowed to share. For more insightful articles from Fishter, visit her website here.

You are not in the soccer business, you are in the people business. That is the first radical thought I started this series with. This forever changed the way I approached my job and I hope it will change the way you approach yours.

The second radical thought I want you to consider actually has to do with the word "coach."

I’m a dictionary fanatic. Even if I obviously know the definition of a word, I will look it up just for kicks to see what Oxford or Webster has to say about it! One day I was sitting in my office and I decided to look up “soccer coach.” I started by looking up the word “coach,” and the definition that appeared was:


1. a large, horse-drawn, four-wheeled carriage, usually enclosed.

This changed everything about how I approached my job.

Back in the day, the stage coach was a vehicle. It moved people from one point to another, and that’s exactly what I am as a COACH. I move PEOPLE from one point to another. I don’t allow them to stay where they are. I help them grow and move forward.

I always introduced myself as a soccer coach, but if I truly believed I was in the people business then I needed to cross out the word soccer, and realize I was a COACH first. The soccer part, well that was just second.

A good friend and colleague heard me talk about this and he wrote down in his notes: “I am a coach. I move people through stages of life.” And, then he looked up from his notes and laughed saying, “hey Big D… I’m a stage coach, I move people through the stages of life! Get it?” We had a good laugh and I told Matt Cosinuke (University of Cincinnati Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach) I was stealing that and adding it to my presentations.

As a COACH, it is about helping move the whole person from where he/she currently is to the next stop on the journey. The performance of a player comes out of who he or she is, not just talent and skill.

So no matter what, your players need to become a better person, a better athlete, a better teammate, and a better leader. It’s your job as a COACH to provide help and movement towards the goal.


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