Coaching Philosophy

Last Updated on December 26, 2022 by Andrew Pirie

Excellent Coaching Philosophy in Athletics

Coaching Philosophy in Athletics. Nothing is as practical as a well-developed philosophy.

Philosophy is simply the way you see situations and experiences. So, whether you have given it much thought or not, you already have a personal philosophy of life.

It is based on your ideas, opinions, and attitudes from a lifetime of experiences. It determines your every thought, decision, and action. 

Your philosophy also applies to your work in athletics.

Again, you may be aware of it, or you may act without giving much thought to the reasons for your decisions.

As someone with a position of responsibility in athletics, however, you have an obligation to conduct yourself and make decisions with the sport’s best interests and the athletes foremost in your mind.

Having a well-developed personal philosophy will make an important contribution to your effectiveness and success in athletics and other areas of your life.

Some Key Points

Holistic Development – An athlete is a person first, an athlete second.

Athlete Centred – and should personalize personal interpretations of experiences to the individual 

The Three Cs

  • Communication
  • Compassion
  • Chemistry – any athlete-coach relationship (please note you can have an excellent coach and an outstanding athlete, but they are not always compatible)



Examples of Coaching Philosophy

To create an interest and enthusiasm for events within the athletes, direct interest + enthusiasm along the lines of sound fundamentals taught.


My own coaching Philosophy

To encourage and guide athletes by improving strengths and working on technique weaknesses, regardless of their ability or disabilities. To be the best they can be is more important than winning.


John Wooden

John Wooden’s coaching philosophy was a simple one, and he believed that many coaches over-complicate things. His view was that basketball is a simple game, so why make it complicated? He said: “I think the coach’s job is to prepare players to play and then let them do it. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail”.

Why was John Wooden such a good coach?

Coach Wooden was a master at selecting players, and he knew how to motivate each person to fulfill his role on the team. He also knew each player had a spot on the floor from where they shot the best. So he would design plays to get these players into the areas they shot the best.


Regardless of their ability or disabilities. As a coach, the purpose is to focus on improving everyone I work with whether they be a beginner that ends up as a recreational runner or an elite international. A coach will devote their efforts to improving whoever they work with.

To encourage and guide athletes through improving strengths and working on weaknesses in technique. To motivate them to be the very best they can be is more important than winning.

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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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