Sunday, June 23, 2024

Secret Coach

I am a full time coach working at the elite level in hockey. My purpose is to talk about my experiences and observations in coaching. I chose the name – The Secret Coach – because it allows me to speak freely and ask questions without a perceived agenda. I am hoping that this column touches you in many ways as a fellow coach. Happy Coaching!

Secret Hockey Coach: Create an environment where your athletes can flourish

As we come through the clouds on a beautiful morning, I see the skyline of another major city coming into view. I won’t tell...

Secret Hockey Coach: The learning process

One must never stop learning. I’m sitting on a plane on my way to Santiago and taking lessons from notes I have complied from...

Secret Coach: Say your piece, have argument, make decision – it’s working for me

Nice to see you again. After a summer flying all over the globe and some well-earned relaxation and recuperation I’m back with all sorts...

Secret Coach: Fears, inconsistencies and ‘the hump’ in hockey

Let’s describe the hump. My version is that season-changing, programme-changing, tournament-changing event that’s difficult to achieve but the momentum you gain from it carries...

Secret Coach: A weekend observing the Euro Hockey League

Umpire positioning, the aerial ball, EHL player welfare and end-to-end matches. Our coach has his say from Wagener Stadium experiences City of diamonds, canals, bikes,...

Secret Coach: Getting best out of your hockey goalkeeper

Everyone has seen the sticker you can get from OBO – Goalkeepers are Amazing People. They are, they are also different. They are wired...

Secret Hockey Coach: Best v Right and building a team the proper way

My partner and I are currently undergoing a kitchen renovation. It’s a weary process that has caused consternation at home and many meals out....

Secret Hockey Coach: Time for code of silence to stop abuse and protect umpires

So, another season of indoor has come and gone. Improvements were made, the tournaments I was at had a higher playing standard than last...