Finding the Perfect Coach…FOR YOU
January 25, 2021
January 25, 2021
By Mikki Osterloo
It’s that time of the year when many are setting goals and looking at race calendars and thinking “Maybe I need a coach?” Hiring a coach can be a big financial commitment, but it can also yield exciting results if you find the right fit. So how do you know if a coach is right for you? Choosing a coach requires great care and consideration, but if you have never had a coach before, you might not even know where to start! We have created a step-by-step guide to help you in your search for the perfect coach:
First, if you currently have a coach and are thinking about making a change, it’s helpful to answer the following questions. This can identify reasons your current relationship isn’t working for you and help to find a better fit going forward.
Breaking up with your current coach can be tough, especially if you have been working together for a long time. Any coach should be highly invested in your success and supportive if you feel like you need a change. Having an honest and open conversation about what you think might have gone wrong or what you could have done better can benefit both you and the coach.
When you’re ready to look for a new partnership, OR you’re hoping to find your first coach/athlete partnership, we recommend starting by answering the following questions:
Now that you know who and where you are as an athlete, think about what type of coaching relationship would work best for you? What type of relationship do you envision? These questions can help you think through your needs:
Next, it’s time to think about type of coach you want. Coaching relationships are unique to each athlete and not every coach is a good match for every athlete. It’s good practice to have a few names on a short list. You can get this list from asking friends or teammates, or even other coaches you know for recommendations. (We know a lot of great coaches so ask us!!) Ask about pricing up front, the coaches you consider should be transparent about pricing. Remember the more communication and feedback you want, the higher the price point will likely be.
Once you have completed the steps above and have a short list of coaches, we recommend you interview each one and go through the questions below (and any others that are important to YOU!) We recommend you talk to at least 3 different coaches to get a feel for their communication style and to ensure you find the best fit for you.
There is a TON of sparkle and flash on social media. But there is so much more that goes into a healthy, happy, and productive coach/athlete relationship. We encourage you to take some time to reflect on where you are, where you want to be, and what that coach and coaching relationship looks like tomorrow, in a year, in 5 yrs and maybe, if we’re lucky- in 10!