Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge will write a regular column for thewest.com.au during the NBL season.
Sometimes you have to ask the question: why do we choose to coach?
Another day in the world of professional sports and another coach is shown the door when things don’t go well!
I am certainly not privy to anything that goes on at the Perth Glory Football Club or any other club that releases their coach, but as a career mentor it’s really disappointing, in any sport, that the coach is nearly always the one who gets fired.
In professional sports it seems that players win games and coaches lose them! I sometimes find it amusing when the coach gets blamed for some losses. I guess it is the coach’s fault if a player misses an open lay-up, or they dribble the ball off their foot or when they don’t follow the game plan!
Generally the head coach is the face of the club so as they say, the buck stops with the coach. It is rare that the players or admin staff ever has the finger pointed at them and blamed for losses but unfortunately that is just how it is.
With saying that, there certainly are circumstances where the coach is at fault and should be held accountable for this. I know this is a cut throat business, and I have a family depending on me, so as most coaches would I give nothing short of 100 per cent everyday at work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean my job is safe. If you get fired as a coach you also become damaged goods – it’s not easy to get a new job when you’ve been fired in the coaching game.
I have learned over time and believe for the best success, sporting clubs should be athlete centred, coach driven and administrative supported. I think you’ll find most successful sporting organisations operate this way, and it works really well for us at the Wildcats.
The Perth Wildcats are all about making the athlete as great as possible and we build the infrastructure around them to make sure that our product is the best. I am very lucky here as we are well resourced, well supported, have great admin staff and have the best fan base in the country. This allows me to employ outstanding coaching and support staff. Turning up to work is a real pleasure.
Despite coaching being a high-risk job there is definitely a big up side and very rewarding to being in my position. I’m always searching for excellence, to be the best that I can be and to be a positive influence on the people around and pushing them to their limits to be great. Coaching allows me to do that.
I turn up every day wanting to get better, wanting to make my players better, and I think the day that you think you can’t learn any more is the day to give it up.
I love working with my players, to see a guy like Damian Martin, for example, I’ve coached him since he was a 16-year-old kid, so to watch him grow from a kid into a man, into a captain of this club makes me immensely proud, and I could say something similar about every one of the guys.
Professional coaching is without a doubt a cut-throat business but truly it is a rewarding job if you are in the right situation and I wouldn’t trade anything else for it.
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