Most coaches are passionate, its almost a prerequisite. I would say, to be successful, a coach HAS to be passionate, which makes it a very different profession to many others. That's not to say that there aren't passionate people in other professions, just that there are many where you can succeed without it.
Coaches also need to be great at coaching. That is obvious. Except it isn't really, because there is a hugely varied range of things encompassing what 'coaching' is. Think of it like driving...... If I ask you to think about the traits of a great driver you will probably think of an F1 or NASCAR driver. But if I asked you the traits of a great school-bus driver, you would think of completely different things. Both drive for a living though. Maybe this is a thought for another post…..
Back to passion.
The question is - if you are an ambitious player and have a choice between two coaches, which would you want:
- Someone with passion for Coaching and an interest in the Sport, or
- Someone with interest in Coaching and a passion for the Sport?