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Coaching Tips

Aimee Boorman tip
Aimee Boorman
Gymnastics

"Probably seeing the pure joy and emotion in Simone’s eyes when she was the official winner of the Olympic Gold Medal in the All-Around competition. It was in that moment that Simone realized that all of her sacrifices had been worth it."

Karen Brown  tip
Karen Brown
Hockey

"The more role models there are, the more that it will change. People do see it as a career now so I do expect more female coaches in the coming years."

Jennifer Huggins tip
Jennifer Huggins
Boxing

" My success came from breaking down barriers where a lot of people thought they couldn’t. I never gave up on my vision of what I wanted to accomplish within my sport and never let anyone take away my confidence in that vision. To have success at anything, you have to have perseverance and you have to be willing to take a knock, take them in your stride and use them to fuel you rather than breaking you down."

Mel Marshall  tip
Mel Marshall
Swimming

"You’ve got to have balls. I think that’s it, in a metaphoric sense, but you’ve got to have balls."

Hollie Bees tip
Hollie Bees
Tennis

"Be determined! Don’t get put off by the frustrating sexism that you will unfortunately encounter in some quarters. Believe in yourself and your coaching ambitions and grab every chance you get with both hands! Find a mentor, male or female, who can help you through your career journey. Coaching is a tough career but the rewards make it worth all the challenges – you can change people for the better, helping your athletes achieve some of the best moments of their lives!"

Bea Chang tip
Bea Chang
Basketball

“By and large, the coaches who taught me how to grow up and become a woman were, well, women.”

Helen Potter tip
Helen Potter
Gymnastics

#1 Listen well – to your gymnasts individual needs & to other successful coaches/mentors

#2 Keep Learning – Its important to never stop learning and adapting your training methods

#3 Work hard & Enjoy it – Life is more fun if you are busy

Helen Wiliams tip
Helen Wiliams
Basketball

"It should always be about the kids. Everything you do should be to make sure the kids you coach have a positive experience and learn all the great life lessons that sports can teach."

Marnelli Dimzon tip
Marnelli Dimzon
Football

"You should never stay at the same level. Always push yourself to the next."

Bobbie Kelsey tip
Bobbie Kelsey
Basketball

"You gotta get your butt in the gym! You can't nap your way to being a great shooter!"

Jennifer Huggins tip
Jennifer Huggins
Boxing

"Because of my experience as a female boxer and as a coach, one big issue I have had is the resistance to the concept of what boxing is. If I can break that mould of what people think boxing fits into and break the misconception that boxing is just a blood sport and in some ways not even a sport, it’s just fighting, for me I am killing two birds with one stone."

Gail Parata tip
Gail Parata
Netball

1. Walk your talk. Do what you say you are going to do.

2. Always strive to be better.

3. Go with your gut instinct and what feels right.

Wendy Louque tip
Wendy Louque
Soccer

"Find a mentor and also be a mentor. Seek out a woman that has been coaching for longer than you to help guide you along the way. And also seek out a younger woman or girl who has great leadership qualities to guide into a possible coaching career. The concept of mentoring is a proven one and works in virtually any environment. Mentoring is important because the support and encouragement of other coaches helps you become better and more confident in your abilities. And finally, never burn bridges because nothing is worth cutting off someone completely."

Ute Scholl tip
Ute Scholl
Fencing

"My advice would be to persevere and have fun! I think a major factor in adherence to any activity is fun. Apart from advice I would try to find out why the fencer is finding it difficult to progress. There might be so many different factors involved starting from environmental to personal and all in between. If I can find out what the problem or difficulty is I can start to work it out with the athlete."

Nancy Lieberman tip
Nancy Lieberman
Basketball

"There's no substitute for hard work. If you work hard and prepare yourself, you might get beat, but you'll never lose."

Ria Ramnarine tip
Ria Ramnarine
Boxing

"They say discipline and dedication and respect are the key factors, but patience is a virtue that is absolutely essential!"

Vera Pauw tip
Vera Pauw
Soccer / Football

"The only thing I was worried about was giving my best. If you can’t do that you better not do it [coach], you better take the common job, because coaching takes a lot out of you."

Hollie Bees tip
Hollie Bees
Tennis

"Be determined! Don’t get put off by the frustrating sexism that you will unfortunately encounter in some quarters. Believe in yourself and your coaching ambitions and grab every chance you get with both hands!"

Pat Summitt tip
Pat Summitt
Basketball

"We communicate all the time, even when we don't realize it. Be aware of body language."

Bev Priestman tip
Bev Priestman
Soccer / Football

" I think you have to have a mindset that opportunities must be earnt through good character and work ethic. Harness the traits that females bring, which I believe is that ‘gut’ feel in the social/emotional corner but more importantly believe in yourself. I think finally, surround yourself with good people."

Melissa Hyndman tip
Melissa Hyndman
Netball

"Get tough skin, don’t believe everything you read in the media and don’t read too much in the media either. Find inspiration and Believe in yourself and go with your ‘gut’ and smile, never second guess yourself."

Peta Searle tip
Peta Searle
Australian Rules Football

"Work hard, persevere, and have self-belief. More importantly, be true to who you are."

Pat Summitt tip
Pat Summitt
Basketball

“Setting up a system that rewards you for meeting your goals and has penalites for failing to hit your target is just as important as putting your goals down on paper .”

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie tip
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
Track & Field

"I want the best for my athlete. The most important thing is trust and that relationship.
I teach them it’s more of a mind set. "

Martina Navratilova tip
Martina Navratilova
Tennis

"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."

Lauren Carey tip
Lauren Carey
Basketball

"I think the best advice anyone can ever give is to just go for it. If you want it, you can't fail unless you try."

Jennifer King tip
Jennifer King
Basketball

"My best advice for young coaches is to be the best you can be which means investing in your craft through books, workshops and any other avenue you can use to gain experiences and knowledge that can make you a better person and coach."

Lauren Meehan tip
Lauren Meehan
Soccer / Football

"Find your own voice and be confident in it! Also, don't buy into praise/criticism too much - stay on an even keel"

Marieanne Spacey tip
Marieanne Spacey
Soccer / Football

"Believe in yourself, have an aptitude to learn and go knocking on doors to keep putting yourself into positions where you can get better. Go on coaching courses, go and observe, ask questions, be around people that you can learn from. There are so many things on twitter and the internet to gain information, but just be careful what you take in and what you see as the right thing. Try things, if it doesn’t work, then reflect on it. Always continue to learn and progress and develop yourself.

Nicole Lincoln tip
Nicole Lincoln
Track & Field

"You have to be data driven you got to look at your programme and set goals for your athletes and revisit those goals on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and helping them make the adjustments so they can be at their optimum."

Lois Fidler tip
Lois Fidler
Soccer / Football

"Never expect to be handed opportunity. Get your head down and work hard, it doesn’t go unnoticed. Be honest with yourself and push yourself to grow as uncomfortable as it might be. Don’t worry about mistakes and not being ready because in those moments of failure the most learning takes place. Those moments will stay with you forever. I can honestly say that it has been a long and often bumpy journey but it’s worth it, stick with it."

Pat Summitt tip
Pat Summitt
Basketball

"You can’t always be the strongest or most talented or most gifted person in the room, but you can be the most competitive. Competition allows you to influence your opponent."

Nicky Pearson tip
Nicky Pearson
Soccer / Football

"A successful women is one who can build a strong foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her" - be that woman!"

Lin Dunn tip
Lin Dunn
Basketball

"Know what your core values are and always stick with them!"

Ruth Holdaway tip
Ruth Holdaway
Surfing

"You’ve just got to go for it and this is true for anybody. But I think for women it’s probably even more important. You have got to put yourself in positions where you can progress and you’ve got to be proactive and create opportunities for yourself. Other people will not do that for you, so take the opportunities that you can see in front of you. Work flexibly and encourage other women around you to do the same so we change the culture of the work place to make it accessible to women. But ultimately put yourself forward, take a risk and lean in to your career."

Rikki Bingham tip
Rikki Bingham
Archery

"I've come to understand and accept that we will never be as physically strong as the men, but by understanding our bodies and focusing on technique we can do what the men can do without brute force and ignorance. A lot of male coaches don't take the time to learn this and we do it naturally and this should be our gift to share."

Pat Summitt tip
Pat Summitt
Basketball

"It’s much harder to handle success than it is to handle failure. Success lulls you. It makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy. In a way, you have to cultivate a kind of amnesia and forget all of your previous prosperity."

Brenda Willis tip
Brenda Willis
Volleyball

"Don’t let stereotypes stand in your way and don’t be your own limiting factor."

Shelley Kerr tip
Shelley Kerr
Soccer / Football

“Work hard every day and open your mind to learning.”

Nancy Lieberman tip
Nancy Lieberman
Basketball

"Give your team just two or three plays [tactics] to remember at a time, and then communicate what you want."

Pat Summitt tip
Pat Summitt
Basketball

“Setting up a system that rewards you for meeting your goals and has penalites for failing to hit your target is just as important as putting your goals down on paper .”