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How to Manage Coach Burnout

Take a second to think about the reasons why you got into coaching.

Answers will vary, but likely circle around an appreciation for competition and having the opportunity to play a part in developing the next generation of student-athletes. Unfortunately, over time, it becomes about everything else pertaining to coaching that slowly starts to deteriorate the passion that once inspired you to get involved.

In any competitive industry, climbing the ladder or finding the ideal opportunity can be difficult to attain. With coaching, there are limited barriers to entry with a limitless pool of candidates willing to do a little more for a lot less. So, it’s understandable when coaches start to feel burnt out during their career.

Our focus is less about if coaching burnout exists, and more on how it can be managed to continue doing what you love most.

Having A Plan (S.M.A.R.T. Goals)
Coaching is an investment. No different than business plans by entrepreneurs, or a blueprint from an engineer; there is a higher probability for success when preparations are made in advance.

S - pecific
M - easurable
A - ttainable
R - ealistic
T - ime (Pertinent)

Putting together S.M.A.R.T. – short and long term – goals shape out a path to be successful and can help manage expectations along the way. Ask the questions necessary to better understand what it is you want to accomplish and how you intend to get there based on a time frame that seems realistic. The clarity from this type of goal setting eventually builds confidence in the process; ultimately, mitigating the amount of stress that can occur from season to season.

Coaching can become an unhealthy obsession.

Improving efficiencies goes a long way towards a sustainable work-life balance. Prioritize what is most important. Delegate where there are opportunities for others to handle tasks and take advantage of the time away when possible.
Regardless of being an assistant, or a head coach, the skill development for effective time-management plays an integral role with successful coaches.

Continuing To Learn & Share The Game
Through advancements of technology or increasingly new adaptations of skill-development, sports will continue to evolve. Identifying competitive advantages are a driving force to keep coaches around, and with more access to resources than ever before, you can learn something new easily.

Connect with the rest of the coaching community via clinics, practices, or social media. It is a great way to share ideas and experiences that can help provide perspective when needed most.

Take one more second to think about the reasons why you got into coaching. Understand, coaching burnout occurs a lot in this industry. However, finding ways to manage it can help you become more prepared to handle everything else in your career and leave a legacy.

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