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The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

April 21, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Top ingredients to a good coach?

With several key coaching positions open (including the head boys basketball job at Garfield), I got to wondering: What all goes into making a good coach, beyond the X’s and O’s?

How key is head coaching experience? When is it worth taking a chance on a younger guy looking for his first big break? How important are previous win-loss records?

Do you like coaches who rule with an iron fist, so to speak, or ones who take more of the buddy-buddy approach? What kind of language is appropriate? Are occasional four-letter words OK in practice? Up front, I’ll tell you I’m very old-school in that regard and don’t think high-school kids need to hear swearing from adults who are supposed to be their role models.

What about the screamers and yellers? Would you like your kid to play for someone who publicly chews him or her out during a game for a mistake? Again, old-school me would not appreciate that approach.

If you were on an interview committee, what kind of criteria would matter most to you?

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