Whether you are intent on being a run coach, a triathlon coach, or coaching people within your job, Morgon’s book is a must read for everyone. Morgon takes a pragmatic and realistic approach to coaching, how to become a coach, and why having a coach in your life is so important, whether for sport or for life. More importantly, Morgon sheds so much light on how to be open, honest, transparent, and vulnerable. These are all things that are so important for a coach, for an athlete, and overall, for just being a better human being.
Personally, I am a Certified Athletic Trainer, an Ironman triathlete, and an aspiring wellness and triathlon coach, so this book was an important read for me.
I have always known that I wanted to be a coach, but have always been afraid to take that leap of faith. Morgon not only provided me with the strategies, each chapter building up the previous, but he also provided the inspiration that is allowing me to believe in myself, believe in my knowledge, and my abilities that I can actually do it and affect change in someone’s life. I know that I have the book knowledge and the understanding of the human body, of injury and rehabilitation, of building and progressing. I understand the exercise physiology behind training, how to build programs for athletes, these are all things that can be learned. What is more important, is what Morgon focuses on: the human connection.
Photo from: Pumpkinman Triathlon
Book knowledge is one thing, however, connecting with people in order to impart that knowledge is completely another. This is where Morgon’s book comes into play. Morgon breaks the process down, chapter by chapter, each building on the previous to set anyone up to become a coach, a better athlete, a better partner, a better boss, a better employee, and most importantly, a better person. First and foremost, he tells his own story. This is important because he shares so many of his mistakes and his triumphs and each of these has made him a better coach. As an athlete, it is important to understand that your coach is human and may make mistakes. He explained how even when he made a mistake, how he learned from it and how he takes each day and each experience and learns and grows. He also acknowledged that not only is it ok to make a mistake, it is also ok to say “I don’t know,” but follow that statement up with “but I will find out the answers for you.” This is just one thing that makes a good coach great, but it also makes an ordinary athlete extraordinary, that humble nature that says I don’t know everything, but I know more than I did yesterday, but less than I will tomorrow. Whether a coach, an athlete, or just a regular person, learning is important and Morgon takes this to another level in reminding us all that not learning means we become stagnant and if we are stagnant, we cannot affect change, we cannot inspire, we cannot become better and therefore make our athletes better.
Morgon writes about connecting with athletes on personal levels, in getting to know and understand the athletes, what their needs and wants are and how to blend those wants and needs with the reality of life, job, family, and still enjoy the journey of fitness, of getting into shape, of racing, and of achieving goals. He strives to have his athletes enjoy the process and be excited about what they are doing. He reminds us that being a coach is so much more than just writing a plan. Coaching takes constant communication with athletes, listening and hearing each individual, being present, truly present with the athlete and letting the athlete know that as a coach, when you are communicating with them, they are the sole focus for that period of time.
One facet of Morgon’s book that is so important for coaches and athletes to understand is his discussion of balance. Being truly present in each part of life, when you are a parent, you are fully a parent, when you are a partner, fully be a partner, fully be present at work, and when you have your coaching hat on, be a fully present coach. Many people find it difficult to compartmentalize like this, but as Morgon points out, this becomes very important when things become overwhelming which happens often in life. An athlete having an understanding that their coach does have a life outside of coaching and their athletes is so important. Coaches creating clear boundaries about when and how phone calls, texts, emails, and other communications will be responded to creates a relationship with the athlete that allows the athlete to know that their questions and concerns will be responded to during the coaching time will reassure the athlete while allowing the coach to balance all aspects of their own personal and professional life.
Morgon created a plan with questions to answer and things to think about when considering becoming a coach. He covers every aspect that one would need to think about to become a coach: cost, marketing, recruiting, does it fit in your life and if so, how, balancing life responsibilities, and pretty much everything else one should think about but probably doesn’t because until already in the thick of it. This chapter is extremely important for the aspiring coach, but I believe that it may be even more important for the athlete. The athlete has to have the understanding that a lot of thought, a lot of planning, and a lot of money have gone into this business. Understanding that a coach has put their heart and sole into creating a successful relationship between coach and athlete and respecting the process creates a platform for growth, improvement, and success for both the athlete and the coach.
Morgon’s book is a must read. I has changed my perspective on so much and has helped me pivot my own life to grab onto it, hold tight, and take that leap of faith, both as a coach, but also as an athlete, and as a human being.
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Written by: Katherine Moskal