Roles of a Coach As an Innovator

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An innovative coach puts teams in the pathway of success by providing personalised practices, encouragement and strategies. A coach's creativity also inspires team members to perform better and encourages individual creativity.

New Techniques

A successful coach develops motivational techniques, styles and plays which are appropriate for teams and players. Former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh was one of the NFL's top innovators. Walsh changed the look of offences in the NFL when he developed the West Coast Offense, an offensive attack that uses short-timed passing and variable formations. Coaches like Walsh are adept at motivating and inspiring team members. A coach's innovative role also includes developing new ways to encourage players, whether by showing a video, giving a speech or involving community leaders in team activities.

Practicing Styles

Coaches must invent practicing methods that build on and encourage team member knowledge and ability. For example, a baseball coach must develop new drills continuously in order to eliminate boredom static points in stamina, strength, and skills. The coach utilises his or her intuition when deciding a time to move to the next level of practice, in order to better the team.

Each Team Member is Unique

Coaches deal with different personalities, body types and learning abilities, and learning styles hence the need for flexibility in these areas. A coach must assess each individual and his or her unique style, and develop specific coaching guides for each member. John Wooden built UCLA's basketball program into one of all-time greatest. Wooden was innovative in the way he handled each player as an individual and how those individuals came together to be a successful team. The creation of discipline guides, workout and practice guides, encouragement guides, and communication guides will allow an individual to perform at the best of his or her ability.


A coach assesses competition and plans practice and plays around strengths and weaknesses. For example, a basketball coach might watch old video of opponents in order to determine strengths and weaknesses, endurance, and whether to shoot from the outside or attack the basket from close range. An example of an innovator of game plays is former North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith. He utilised the Four Corner's offence, a strategy in which a team spreads the court-spreading out and weakening the defence in the process-and stalls, taking time off the clock and forcing the opponent to foul when trailing in the end of a game. An innovative coach creates avenues to win and succeed after his or her thorough research on the opposing team. Likewise, if the same plays and strategies are always performed, a studied competition will know how to win.