Nashville FC Honors Top Coaches
By Alicia Steinhilber
Special to BSW
Inspired by the annual award Positive Coaching Alliance gives to the best “Double-Goal” coaches nationwide, Nashville FC Youth is recognizing coaches this spring within its recreational program that model the principles of a Double-Goal Coach®, one who pursues winning, but even more importantly teaches life lessons through sport.
Behaviors of a Double-Goal Coach include: redefining”winner” through a focus on mastery, rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching players that a “winner” makes maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and is not stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.
The second behavior: filling players’emotional tanks, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame.
The third behavior: recognizing that a player’s “emotional tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go as far as possible, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.
And the fourth and final behavior: honoring the game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).
Nashville FC Youth sought nominations from parents to recognize their coaches for exemplifying these behaviors.
NFC Youth has selected four coaches; all have been certified to have successfully completed Double-Goal Coach training through Positive Coaching Alliance.
The club is proud to announce John Sites, Matt Irwin, Steve Willis, and Santiago Meneses as recipients of NFC Youth’s Double-Goal Coach award. Bongo World, owner of Bongo Java Roasting Company, was the award sponsor.