A coach plays a key role in an athletes’ entourage. The quality of the relationship between a coach and the athlete has a crucial effect on the athlete's satisfaction, motivation and performance.

Finding A Coach

Seung-Hi Park (R) and Suk Hee Shim (L) of South Korea celebrate with their coach

Your coach should be your teacher, mentor, counsellor and protector of your health and integrity. Here are some tips on choosing the right coach for you.


Qualities Of A Great Coach

Marion Thees of Germany talks with her coach at Sochi 2014

A good coach is positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient and a clear communicator.


ICCE International Sport Coaching Framework

Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain talks to coach Jan van Eijden

The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Association for Summer Olympic International Federations have prepared a framework to recognize and support the role of coaches at all levels of sport across the globe.

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