The mark of a great coach is a constant desire to learn and grow. A hunger to use whatever can make them better.Doug Lemov, the best-selling author of Teach Like a Champion and Reading Reconsidered, brings his considerable knowledge about exceptionally good teaching and learning to the sports coaching world in this new book from John Catt Educational.
Lemov knows that coaches face many of the same challenges found in the classroom, so the science of learning applies equally to them. Unfortunately, coaches and organizations have a mixed level of understanding of the research and study of the science of learning. Sometimes coaches and organizations build their teaching on myths and platitudes more than science. Sometimes there isn’t any science applied at all.
While there are thousands of books and websites a coach can consult to better understand technical and tactical aspects of the game, there is nothing for a coach to consult that explicitly examines the teaching problems on the field, the court, the rink, and the diamond. Until now.
Intended to offer lessons and guidance that are applicable to coaches of any sporting endeavor, this illustrated guide built around videos of great coaches and teachers at work breaks new ground. Everyone from parent volunteers to professional coaches and private trainers will benefit from this book and the body of knowledge it conveys.
About the Author
Doug Lemov is a former teacher and school principal. He helped found Uncommon Schools, a network of high performing schools in under-served communities.
His book Teach Like a Champion (now Teach Like a Champion 2.0) describes techniques used by exceptional teachers and why they work. His books have sold more than a million copies and been translated into a dozen languages.
His other books include Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better and Reading Reconsidered.
He played soccer at Hamilton College, where he was the worst player of the decade. He has an MA in English from Indiana University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Follow him on Twitter at @doug_Lemov