Family Meeting: Coaching

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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From sports to professional and life coaches, today’s entire show is about coaching. We’ll hear from you on what made your most beloved coaches so good at the job, and what was lacking in the not so great ones. Are coaches responsible for the health of their players? And do they have an obligation to not put their egos first? Stefan Fatsis of Slate and NPR considers these questions, from the little leagues on up to the professional level. Plus: New York Times Magazine critic Sam Anderson on how the most successful sports coaches tend to emphasize more than just athleticism; a life coach explains life and career coaching; and a coach and teacher Natalie Randolph on her experience as one of the first women to be head coach of a high school football team. 

What Makes a Good Coach?

We spend two hours talking about coaching, from sports to professional life, parents and coaches, and how coaches can influence our bodies and minds. First, a call-in for you to talk about your best and worst coaches and what they taught you. Plus Stefan Fatsis, panelist on Slate's Hang Up and Listen, sports correspondent for All Things Considered, and author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, takes your calls and discusses what makes for a good coach, from the pro level down to youth soccer.

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Phil Jackson and the Inner Game of Sports

Why some of the most successful coaches - incoming Knicks president Phil Jackson, for one - emphasize the mental and spiritual as much as the X's and O's. 

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Coaching Throughout Life

Janet Harvey, former president and chair of the board for the International Coach Federation, talks about how coaching works - and is certified - at the professional level, from life-coaches to business mentors and more.

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Meet Coach Randolph

Meet Natalie Randolph, a teacher at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., and one of the first women to coach a high school football team. She discusses her experience, and how she sees parallels between teaching and coaching.

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Screening Room: Our Favorite Coaches in Movies & TV

Our Family Meeting about coaching made us reflect on coaches in all areas of life. Here are a few of our favorite coaching moments from film and television.

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