When we speak of strategy we will often first think of the military, business or perhaps politics, we may consider the term as ‘our plan to achieving victory or success’. These environments have been instrumental in our conceptual understanding of what strategy is and how to move our ideas to actions. As such coaches can and should take the lessons learned, theories and concepts to guide our athletes towards reaching their performance goals.
In this interview, we sit down and talk with two coaches whose careers have taken them to 6 different countries across 5 different continents. James de Lacy, Head of S&C at the Romanian Rugby Federation and Josh Fletcher, Human Performance Manager at EXOS will talk about their journeys, experiences and lessons learned along the way, providing coaches with key take away messages which they can apply to their careers in any country.
High-performance sport is full of strong personalities, challenging training methods, thoughts and opinions, which in truly elite environments are not just important but encouraged. But disagreements can escalate quickly if you don’t apply some principles to your communication with other people. A catastrophic loss of rapport is when a relationship is damaged through poor communication, to the extent that it is no longer functional or positive for yourself, the environment or the athletes.
The role of the strength & conditioning (S&C) coach has typically been well defined as one which supports the athletic development and sports performance of competitive athletes (Haff & Triplett 2016).
Due to the diverse range of responsibilities, the S&C coach needs to have a broad skill set and is essentially a master generalist. This raises the question – what do s&c coaches actually do?
If you have made it to the interview, it’s usually fair to assume you have the skills to do the job, your CV would have indicated that to the panel. Now you need to show why you’re the best or most promising candidate for the job. This article will focus on an area of the interview process, which is often not optimised by the interviewee, the classic ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ posed by the panel and the end of your interview.
PACE planning is a military acronym used to describe communications strategies used in every imaginable eventuality in combat. The goal is to try to mitigate points of failure within the communications system, to ensure the highest possible level of success in that situation is achieved.
This system has been extended and accepted beyond just communication by military personnel, into just about all areas of their mission planning, training, simulation exercises and education delivery.