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April 25, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: Yes, I do have a ‘nice team’ — and I'm OK with that


NEW CASTLE — "Coaching and teaching are two different things. The coaching never turned me on that much, but I always enjoyed the teaching, the practice sessions." — Pete Newell

So, what do you think? Anything you would add to my list?

I’m not saying my way is the only way to coach — the final score doesn’t always agree with me either — but I know it’s the right fit for me and those I’m entrusted to lead.

If nothing else, focusing on those three guidelines has helped to remove the insecurity I used to lug to the sideline before each game. So now, when another team’s coach says, “You have a nice team,” I can honestly answer: “Thank you. These kids ARE pretty special ... and I’m having a blast coaching them.”

I really am.

But even more important is a kid coming back five years later and telling me I made an impact on his life.

Now that’s ALWAYS a win in my scrapbook.

No matter what the scoreboard — or the opposing coach — says.


No matter how many victories we earn as youth coaches,

we are all winners if our former players remember us like this.


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