A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
Center for Middle School - Teaching at Eaglebrook

Coach Skills & Responsibilities

Skill Set
  • Belief in School Mission and Values
    • Appreciation for and interest in middle school students
    • Ability to model exemplary adult behavior and school values
  • Good Communication Skills
    • Good written and verbal communication skills with athletes, parents and other coaches
    • Ability to communicate with athletes and officials verbally in sometimes stressful situations
  • Ability to Plan and Organize
    • Anticipate upcoming events
    • Balance demands of practice and game preparation and other responsibilities
    • Provide students with necessary structure to learn to organize themselves as student/athletes
  • Knowledge of Adolescent Behavior
    • Ability to create and maintain a safe athletic environment, both emotional and physical
    • Model mature, caring, and responsible adult behavior
    • Basic understanding of child development and psychology
    • Willingness to learn more about adolescent behavior
  • Knowledge of Sport
    • Understand and communicate important skills and strategies of sport
    • Knowledge of appropriate competitive level in sport for middle school athletes
    • Willingness to learn more about areas in which assigned to coach
  • Knowledge of Sound Coaching practice
    • Understand range of ability for middle schools students in sports
    • Basic understanding of how to develop practice and game plans
    • Willingness to learn more about and employ safe and appropriate coaching practices
  • Approachability
    • Openness to helping athletes, parents and other coaches
    • Ability to create clear boundaries in coach/athlete relationship
  • Consistency
    • Ability to follow policies and procedures consistently
  • Cooperativeness
    • Willingness to take direction and apply it
    • Desire to work as part of a team and accept departmental decisions
Responsibilities
  • Active support of the school's Mission
    • Modeling of appropriate coaching conduct
    • Advocate for athletes
    • Individualize approach to each athlete
  • Coach games
    • Adequate appropriate playing time for each athlete
    • Model and enforce good sportsmanship
    • Ensure a safe competitive environment
    • Communicate about upcoming contests
  • Organize Practices
    • Safe, both emotionally and physically
    • Varied
    • Age-appropriate
    • Develop skills for different athletes
    • Maintain appropriate practice discipline
      • Maintain clear standards for behavior at practices
      • Assign appropriate consequences when standards are not met
      • Follow through with administrators and advisers about discipline issues
  • Communicate with advisors and parents on athlete progress
    • Emails and phone calls depending on situation
    • Write thoughtful complete sports comments
    • Participate in meetings about students athletes
  • Read and apply information gained from memos and meetings
    • About students
    • About curriculum and routines
  • Communicate information gained from your own experience to others
    • Parents, administrators, and other faculty
  • Support and advise other faculty with their coaching
  • Help school develop sound age appropriate sports curriculum
  • Keep abreast of new developments in sport and general athletic training for adolescents
  • Anticipate events and workload, maintaining a personal calendar
  • Properly arrange necessary coverage for absences
  • Attend coaches’ and weekly Full Faculty meetings
  • Participate in evaluation program
  • Manage paperwork ( student memos, officials pay slips, etc.)
A coach’s immediate supervisors for matters related to coaching are the Director and Assistant Directors of Athletics.