04 Oct Positive Coaching Alliance: Brad Stevens shares his secrets for staying calm on the sidelines
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to introduce Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
PCA National Advisory Board member and head coach of the NBA’s Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens is known as a positive coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as the calm, cool and collected coach of the Butler University men’s basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA Tournament final game appearances.
Stevens shares in the following video that one of the things he’s learned as a coach is that he operates best when he’s focused on the game and what he can do to control the outcome. That means maintaining a calm demeanor on the sideline and not dwelling on things like perceived bad calls. It’s a message that transcends sports, and one that soccer coaches can learn from one of the best basketball minds.
The easiest way for Stevens to “fix” things when they aren’t going the way he wants during a game is to stay an even keel and not get too worked up. This also gives the team the message that they should stay calm and in control during hard times on the court.
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