What is the role of a coach? Seems obvious doesn't it? Wish it were that easy. John Croyle offers insights and examples of the ways that coaches impact the lives of young athletes. Coaching is a powerful role...make sure that power is used to make a positive difference in the lives of your athletes.

The Coach's Role in Youth Athletics

"Gentlemen, this is a football." Those are the words Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant used at the beginning of every season says John Croyle of the Big Oak Ranch. The coach's role is a complex one. Just as the parent, the Coach is a teacher and a mentor. From the fundamentals of the sport to the challenges of life, the Coach's influence remains long after the game is over.