Beginning with this past winter and from here on out, we will be selecting an outstanding boys and girls coach from each season by looking across the arc of the sports played at that time of …
Beginning with this past winter and from here on out, we will be selecting an outstanding boys and girls coach from each season by looking across the arc of the sports played at that time of year.
It goes without saying that there are many fine, dedicated coaches. Many of them have been mainstays in their coaching positions for long periods of time. The recipients of this honor are coaches whose teams not only had regular season success, but also participated in postseason play.
Great coaches must be far more than strategists. Their job is vital in the building of life skills and character. Some of the key aspects of outstanding coaching include having a winning mentality and the ability to instill confidence in their players. Through the practices they design and oversee, and the strategy they impart, they seek to put their teams in the best position to be successful.
They are caring, compassionate people who are sensitive to the needs, abilities and potential of their players. Coaches teach, but are also eager to learn. They are supportive and encouraging, but insistent that their players manifest a serious work ethic and good sportsmanship. They emphasize the concepts of teamwork, sacrifice and perseverance. Above all, they love what they do and transmit that enthusiasm and joy to their players.
This winter, we honor John Meyer, the varsity boys basketball coach at Sullivan West and Maggi Fitzpatrick, the girls varsity basketball coach at Livingston Manor for their positive impact on the court.
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