Jools Murray is an accredited Strength & Conditioning coach from Canada and has worked with some of the World’s best athletes in the UK and her home country. Currently working at the University of Toronto, (Canada) with a number of sport, Jools previously worked with the English Institute of Sport whilst studying for her Masters in S&C, as well as coaching the U23 GB Ultimate Frisbee Team.
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I had never really thought about this before. Sure, I have looked at my coaching philosophy, developed insights into what I believe good coaching to be, and even had 180’s with regards to what I though was important. However, when discussing this with another coach, he asked if I could boil it down to just one thing, what would be my bedrock.
He explained how different coaches he had read about each had their thing. For one, it was organisation. That success didn’t just happen by chance. Plans, processes, structure, were all key to being the best. He personally believed in the rapport and relationship he built with his athletes. Knowing how to talk to them to help them achieve their best. Understanding them as individuals to maximise his involvement with their progression. So what was my thing?
I realised that all of my choices and thought processes came down to teaching my athletes to have the confidence and belief to make decisions under pressure. After all, when it comes down to it, I can’t do it for them, so I need them to be able to back themselves and the choices they make. I believe this creates a solid base for them to stand on and push from. This includes building rapport, understanding how they view the situation, what is going on in their lives, providing them with a bespoke framework to help them learn, not coddling them, and most importantly, being a sounding board to help them find the answer. While coaching the GB U23 Men, I realised they probably had a better mind for the game than I did. What I needed to to was provide them with support to figure things out. I don’t want my athletes to rely on me. I want them to feel that they can perform with or without me there. They have the processes and belief to make changes, analyse, adapt, and achieve success. It is THEM who are responsible for their performance. They have the knowledge and ability to achieve success. I’m just a there to give some encouragement, offer a different perspective and most of all, to help them discover what I know they are capable of.