Dan Parsons had the greatest impact on my Youth Coaching career.
Of all the wonderful Coaches I have had the sincere pleasure
of meeting and working with over the years, he, by far and
away, is the one that stands out to me.
I was 22.
Young and very ambitious.
Dan was a seasoned veteran and had worked with literally
hundreds of young athletes through his career.
And wow… what a role model he became to me.
He taught me about the scientific concepts of long-term
He showed me how to communicate with young athletes of
varying personalities and skill levels.
He explained to me the ART behind the SCIENCE of strength
He put me in difficult youth coaching situations, gave me just enough
rope to hang myself and then demonstrated how to do it
I worked with Dan for three full years.
And to this day, it stands as the greatest learning experience
I ever had.
You’ve never heard of Dan Parsons.
Some of the greatest Coaches on this planet are men and
women that none of us have ever heard of.
They don’t write books.
They don’t make presentations.
They don’t have websites.
They don’t promote themselves.
They just Coach.
And like me, I’ll bet you’ve been affected by someone no
one else has ever heard of.
So, to kick off 2010, I want to pay tribute to the ‘Dan Parsons’
of the youth coaching and training world.
I want you to write a three point tribute to the one Coach who
had the greatest impact on you.
Include these three factors:
1) Who are they?
2) Where did you work with them?
3) What was the most valuable lesson they taught you?
1) Dan Parsons
2) Sport Science Track & Field Club – Toronto, Canada
3) How to see the ART behind the SCIENCE
Be as descriptive as you want.
Let the 2010 tributes begin…