I think Knight is somewhat misunderstood. First, he didn't throw chairs at
his players. Second, most of his players loved him, similar to what is said
about Jerry Sloan above--he demanded effort. Thirdly, the graduation rates of
his players were among the highest of any coach past or present. He demanded
his athletes work hard in class.
3-pointerI think there is a difference between being "Get on" and
"Yell-Tell"I was able to talk with a former Jazz player who
played under Jerry Sloan. This former player was a friend from my high school
days.He told me that although Jerry could make a sailor blush with
the words he used on the court, he was never demeaning to the players. He wanted
"effort", if you made a mistake in your assignment, but was giving
effort in doing what you were doing, then Jerry would still get on you, but at
the same time would tell you he appreciated the effort.That is why
so many former players of Jerry Loves the man. He was honest in his dealings
with the players, wanted 100 percent effort, and that he never once made his
coaching techniques personal with the players.
It reminds me of some good quotes: "At first all of his yelling was
tough to take. I mean you look at this little guy, who you could beat up so
easily, and wonder what is going on. You have to finally understand not to
listen to how he says it, but what he says.Once I did that, I could handle
it. After all, you don't have to be the smartest guys to figure out he is
on you because he cares about you and your development as a player and a
person." Tony Rice, NCAA Quarterback Referring to Coach Lou HoltzI could never understand why some of my teammates got mad when a coach
got on them. He was only trying to make them a better player.That's
what a coach is supposed to do, work to make his players better!Michael
JordanMost coaches who yell, do it because they love those they
serve…and, they want to correct bad habits or behavior, motivate their
players to do well, or speak loud enough to be heard in a loud environment.
It's time for the real leaders to step up. whenever you observe this
abusive behavior you need to speak up. Call the problem parents and coaches
out. Let them know their behavior is unacceptable.Remind everyone
what it is supposed to be about.Lame coaches out there....time for
you to go! bye bye
I like what Relax said.....I have officiated sports for 25 years....
The parents and fans are the worst in "Tell-Yell". I have seen some
pretty horrible things done in the name of sports.Coaches that need
to "Control" the players usually yell because the players have tuned
him/her out. The greatest coaches are those that "inspire" not
There is a difference between yelling and projecting. During a game a coach
might have to yell to be heard over the crown, but imagine how people would
react if a business professor slapped students on a business scholarship (in
essence their coach) or threw chairs are them like Bobby Knight did just to
"get their attention"?
If coaches occupy a unique role because so many Americans worship at the altar
of sports, perhaps our priorities are in the wrong place.
Oh brother. Talk about generalizations. I agree there are some who
"tell-yell" in an inappropriate way, however, you are suggesting that
anybody who "yells" is a poor coach, motivator, or leader.I'm sure that soft, easily produced encouragement in front of 1000's
of screaming fans not only motivates, but is received with clear & concise
understanding (tongue in cheek). They key, in my non-doctorate opinion, is what
goes on when the fans, mommies & daddies are NOT watching. I agree if
it's a constant barrage of yelling, that is not healthy or good. But my
experience is that many coaches who yell during a game, are quite different in
practice.There are varying ways to lead and I'm certainly not
advocating "tell-yell" but let's just make our kids so soft that no
one can even raise there voice at them. Unfortunately, it's another mode
of excuse making: "I didn't preform well because I was yelled
at."Sorry I hurt your feelings.
While it is not effective coaching to use the "tell-yell" model, that is
what society accepts in all aspects of competition. Coaches yell at kids,
parents yell at coaches and officials, and kids disrespect those in authority.
Everyone does not act this way, but as a society, we seem to think it is
acceptable. So everyone needs to calm down and get back to why we need
competition and the good involved with it. Don't think the problem is
limited to coaching. Watch the sidelines at your next soccer, basketball,
baseball, or football game, and you will see something in my eyes far worse than