Regional Director, USA Sport Group.
Being a new parent of 2, this thought has crossed my mind a few times (even though my kids are only 27 months & 3 months old). The more I see and hear parents who coach their kids, the more I want to stay away from it. It seems to me that these coaches are harder on their own child than any other. Is it because they can shout and scream at their own kid without having to worry about the repercussions?
I will go back to my childhood when my dad used to coach me for many, many years. As you can imagine, I was the captain, penalty kick taker, etc. But to my Dad’s defense, I was the best player ;). Unfortunately for my younger brother, this wasn’t the case. He rarely played and I remember one cup final when my dad didn’t play him at all. To this day, my Mom still hasn’t let him live it down.
I am interested to hear thoughts from others, whether you have kids or not. Will you or would you coach your own child? Currently, as said above, my answer is NO.