“One thing that I tell my coaches is, “You are only as good as the people around you.” Therefore, why not improve yourself while helping your career and ultimately others?”
I was very honored when Felicia asked me to speak at, “A Step Up Dallas 2012”. I believe this symposium will help to improve the careers of assistant coaches and I feel blessed to be a part of it. One thing that I tell my coaches is, “You are only as good as the people around you.” Therefore, why not improve yourself while helping your career and ultimately others?
Last year, one of my assistant coaches, Coretta Brown, attended the symposium in Chicago. She had nothing but great things to say about the experience. She came back and shared the knowledge she had obtained while she was there. I could tell she had learned some great things that would be of value to her in her career as well as to our basketball program.
This is a great opportunity to learn from other coaches and schools. Also, this symposium is a way to form contacts and develop friendships with coaches in many different areas. In my opinion, the keys to being a successful coach is continued self assessment, in order to identify your strengths and weaknesses, surrounding yourself with others who possess the characteristics for which you are weak in, and then seeking every opportunity to grow and learn from others. In turn, it helps to improve the coach, a team and the lives of student athletes. I fell very blessed to be a part of the symposium this year!
Coach Sytia Messer is the Head Coach for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. Follow Coach Messer on Twitter (Twitter.com/CoachMesser).