Sioux Falls FCA hosts Joe Ehrmann's lesson on positive, impactful coaching
As the Rutgers University incident casts a dark light in the national coaching scene, coaches, athletes and parents from all over South Dakota met to talk about the benefits of positive coaching.
Former NFL All Pro Joe Ehrmann, author of the book ‘InSideOut Coach', spoke about the opportunities parents and coaches have to make a greater impact on their kids through youth sports.
The event was sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian athletes and hosted at Gloria Dei Church.
The packed evening began with by recognizing the timeliness of a lesson in positive coaching.
"I think coaches are one of the most influential adults in the lives of every young person," said Ehrmann.
It's just one reason why the abuse by the Rutgers head coach Mike Rice is so troublesome.
"I think the days of parents just being able to drop their kids off at practice then pick them up a couple hours later, those are gone," said Ehrmann.
"As a college football coach, it was disturbing obviously, and as a parent, even more disturbing and part of why this lesson is so important," said Augustana's new Head Football Coach Jerry Olszewski.
Ehrmann's message struck deep into the heart of coaching.
"There's two kinds of coaches in America, you're either transactional or you're transformational," said Ehrmann.
He says transactional coaches use student athletes to benefit their own goals and careers, instead of working to build holistic players that are physically, mentally and emotionally strong.
Ehrmann says all coaches must ask themselves why they coach.
"Is it about me, or is it about my players?" said Ehrmann.
"It's a gift that you have of being in charge of these kids all the time and being able to teach the life lessons that are going to go far beyond basketball," said first-year basketball coach Jerome Hoegh.
"I think coaching is an honor and a privilege and we as parents need to entrust coaches, but I hope we put people in a position of authority that have morals and ethics and understand that its a game," said Olszewski.
Coaches with that mindset give parents and students the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of student sports.
"Just to be able to exercise and hang out with your friends and being able to compete with other kids," said 12-year-old student athlete Jett Olszewski.
"You get to be a part of a team, work together, be teammates and learn to grow in that respect and also how to grow as an individual and treat other people," said student athlete parent Matt Hummel.
Ehrmann will also be leading a coaching clinic on Saturday, April 6th from 9:00am-12:30pm at Gloria Dei Church. The coaching clinic costs $15 with continuing education credit available. To register, go to http://southdakotafca.org/ehrmann .