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Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Healthy Living, Sports and Recreation, Youth Development, Youth Sports |

Coaching in the Eyes of Robert Dean

My Name is Robert Dean. I have been a youth coach for almost 20 years and feel it is one of the most rewarding forms of volunteerism there is. I was fortunate enough to play college football and I feel it is a great way to use those skills imparted into me by others. It’s also an opportunity to mold youth and mentor them. I currently coach youth football for the YMCA and I’ve found that it parallels life in alot of ways, for example working together towards one goal, doing your part for the team, interaction with others in a competitive environment and all the while keeping a good sense of sportsmanship and self.

As a business owner, all these qualities are necessary to run a productive and profitable business. I have found that the YMCA creates a safe environment for this. It encourages the growth of an athlete with a sense of fairness. Although the coaches are generally volunteers, there are also paid professional staff that supports the coach and is an advocate for the young athlete. Other organizations are typically 100% volunteer driven, which can lead to an environment that encorages team stacking, elitism and parent politics. I have always thought by having a professional UNbiased facilitator, it cultivates a fruitfull experience for everyone.

I am sincerely appreciative of my experience with the Y and its wonderful staff, both as a Coach and a parent of an athlete. I would encourage others to volunteer as well because all the while you’re helping the kids grow, you are too!

Coach Dean Arena football ”Spartans”