Jeff Johnson's

Quotes of the Week

January 7, 2019

"Teach your athletes to be self-sufficient on days of competition, so that they can prepare themselves without you, warmup without you, compete without you, cooldown and recover without you. Make your athletes own their competitions, and you will find yourself preparing champions."

December 31, 2018

"Beware of transitions in your training plan, those necessary changes of emphasis: low mileage to high mileage, slow training to fast training, flat running to hill running, grass or trails to track or road, training shoes to racing flats to spikes to bare feet. Potential injuries lurk at transition points. Ease into transitions gradually or avoid them altogether by including a little bit of everything every week. 'Every shoe, every surface, every speed, every week' is a good motto."

December 24, 2018

I used to think of coaching as achieving success by developing kids. But I have learned that it is the other way around. Coaching is developing kids through achieving success. The goal is the development of young adults: his confidence, her self-respect, his self-reliance, her self-discipline, their sense of the importance of being a good teammate, their acceptance of responsibility and leadership. The means to that goal is to reveal, then demonstrate the path to success. One way or another, in order to develop the emerging adult, the athlete must experience success, however you choose to define it: by growth, by improvement, or by winning.

December 17, 2018

Coaches are full-time teachers, psychologists, disciplinarians, mentors, role models, cheerleaders, recruiters, story-tellers and organizers.They are part-time parents, babysitters, chauffeurs, health-care providers, fund raisers and public relations flacks. Each of us fills some of these roles better than others, and individual athletes have differing views of our effectiveness in each of those roles. So accept the fact that you are differently abled and differently appreciated and just do the best you can.

December 10, 2018

Be they male or female, real competitors are often said to be 'beasts', which is meant as a compliment. But when you refer to 14-year old Sally as a beast, Sally's mother may require further explanation.

December 3, 2018

Coaches of young athletes should aspire to teach a love of effort and competition independent of immediate results. Coaches should aspire to build a habit and cheerful expectation for the daily work that will advance their athletes' goals. Coaches should aspire to teach commitment and persistence as a lifelong strategy for success. They should highlight each 'win' along the way, no matter how small, in terms of a life lesson that will have future application. None of this is easy. It requires of the coach a perspective that extends far beyond the next race.

November 26, 2018

Don't try to be a friend to your athletes. They already have friends. They need someone to teach them, to inspire them, to train them, and to reveal to them the path to success. That's your job.

November 19, 2018

Believe in your athletes. Let them know you believe in them. Good things will result regardless of the results actually achieved.

November 12, 2018

Talk to your athletes. But, unless they ask, talk to them as little as possible about their event. Talk to them about important things.