The Coach as Culture Hero – What's so great about the guy with the whistle around his neck?

This is a great example of finding something really popular and then calling it "overrated" as a form of originality…But nonetheless Timothy Noah has a good point here. It seems like coaches are always portrayed as heros in movies and books and personal stories. Big time coaches (like Coach K at Duke) write books on success and on life. For many, though, coaches have little impact on their life or perhaps are a scar (just watch Little League World Series coaches…they’re nuts).

Link: The Coach as Culture Hero – What’s so great about the guy with the whistle around his neck? By Timothy Noah.

There is surely no American archetype more preposterously overpraised at this cultural moment than the Coach. He has become a vessel of redemption, a wise old pappy who could tell us a thing or two about this thing we call life if only we’d bother to listen. The Coach is the voice of dedication and tough love, of giving 110 percent, of never saying no to your dreams. His subject is the playing field, but his message is universal. Persist and you will either prevail or go down knowing you gave it everything you had. It’s all about heart.

5 Responses to The Coach as Culture Hero – What's so great about the guy with the whistle around his neck?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think I speak for many, that coaches have been the most influential people in our lives other than our parents and friends.

    The phrase ‘many coaches have little impact on their life’ is a bit harsh. I would say ‘some’ coaches but defintely not ‘many’.

    Coaches are the original ‘life coaches’ giving us motivation, belief in our selves, self discipline, and support accross the board. I have great respect for the likes of Coach K, Tony Dungy, Geno Auriemma, Eileen Crompton, and SO many others as they help us out as people. When we are helped, people in turn are helped.

    It’s about helping others and making contributions.

    Without Sport, where would we be?
    What a great outlet for release helping us express our passions and emotions.

    Great Website!

  2. nicole says:

    I think I speak for many that, other than our parents and friends, coaches have been the most influential people in our lives.

    The phrase ‘many coaches have little impact on their life’ is a bit harsh. I would say ‘some’ coaches but defintely not ‘many’.

    Coaches are the original ‘life coaches’ giving us motivation, belief in our selves, self discipline, and support accross the board. I have great respect for the likes of Coach K, Tony Dungy, Geno Auriemma, Eileen Crompton, and SO many others as they help us out as people. When we are helped, people in turn are helped.

    It’s about helping others and making contributions.

    Without Sport, where would we be?
    What a great outlet for release helping us express our passions and emotions.

    Great Website!

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