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I played sports at Holy Name just like 90% of the boys in the neighborhood.

The best thing about this experience was the coach.  I had some of the best the neighborhood had to offer; I was taught lessons which I still use today.

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Whether it was basketball in the winter, baseball, track or cross-country, there was always a coach who raised his voice to get their message across.

Did I like it?

Probably not.

I even quit the basketball team a couple of times because the coach yelled at me. That’s soft isn’t it?

Esquire Magazine published this article a few months back on coaches who yell. The author didn’t have a problem with the “old school coach.”  Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

One important aspect of coaching; everyone has a different philosophy on how things should be. Bob Hurley at Saint Anthony’s and Tom Izzo at Michigan State scream a lot. They are two Hall of Fame coaches.

Today, we have a lot of advocates who are against the coach yelling at their son or daughter.

There’s also a connection to how a kid is treated at home.  Did the parents play sports?  Is the kid a good athlete or not? As a high school coach, I have had parents tell me it’s fine with them that I yell at their kids where on the other hand there have been parents upset at me for yelling.

Take time to read this piece and tell me what you think.

Respectfully,

Red

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