Assistant coach in soccer

Coach & assistant coach
Coach & assistant coach

Every team has a head coach. Coaching is, however, a collective activity in which the assistant coach plays an essential role.

This technician is responsible for the leadership of the group of players assigned to him by the head coach, by the technical and tactical training of his group, but most of all he must provide quality activity that supports the team’s goals and the training conception developed by the head coach.

In Europe, in many team sports, the head coach cooperates with one or more coaches (in American football, up to ten).

In spite of some divergences often found between the head coach and the other members of the technical team, the main role of the assistant coach is to carry out the tasks assigned to him by the technical team leader.

No matter how competent the head coach is, he can not cover all the daily tasks, without the direct assistance and skill of other team technicians.

Ideally, the assistant coach must share the same concept of training as the head coach. Any misunderstanding and any “short-circuiting” at the level of responsibilities and communication between team technicians will definitely affect the atmosphere and the efficiency of its preparation. Thus, the head coach and his co-workers must work in full harmony.

Therefore, choosing the assistant coach is essential for team success. If you are looking for such help, I will list the qualities that the candidate must have:

  • the same concept of sports training as the head coach;
  • teacher qualifications;
  • knowledge of sports;
  • professional ethics;
  • enthusiasm;
  • the ability to work and to understand others;
  • organization;
  • loyalty;
  • adaptability / flexibility;
  • no behavioral problems related to alcohol or drug use;
  • the ability to accept a role of subordination to the head coach;
  • power / resistance in some respects, to fill the main coach;
  • personality that blends harmoniously with that of the head coach, whether it is similar or opposed and complementary (for example, calm to expansive).

Assistant coaches management:

The atmosphere at the level of a team’s technical leadership is strongly dependent on leadership, correctness, communication capabilities / skills and the ability of the coach to delegate some of his coach’s responsibilities.

The second coach does not only work in the subordinate of the principal but also in other coaches and the support team. He must participate in the decision-making process, establish team objectives, implement, analyze, test and evaluate all the technical, physical and psychological elements of the team.

In order to set up a working environment of maximum efficiency, gaining satisfaction from leadership and conducting training, and developing a positive self-assessment, the head coach must make the assistant coach feel like he is an integral part of the team, his duties in the process training is important and the success of the team depends on him.

Any possible misunderstanding between the head coach and the assistant, linked either to the team strategy or to the application of the technical program, etc., must be discussed in particular. The two coaches must always provide the team with a unitary opinion.

Obviously, the head coach is the final decision maker and team spokesman, which does not mean that the assistant coach has no authority in the team. A number of tasks can be entrusted to him, such as leadership sessions or, sometimes, even media representatives.

Reliable and honest collaboration relationships between the technical team leader and the assistent coach are an essential part of successful teamwork.

 

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