In the previous posts, I wrote about great coaches, Alastair Clarkson and Luke Beveridge.
They were average players and spent a lot of time seeking improvement on playing, so they know how to develop young players more than great players.
“Great players cannot be great coaches” is said in Japan as well. I have seen average baseball players becoming great managers.
While I was creating the big pictures in the previous project, I was wondering if great players could be great coaches or not.
Some favourite sons have been appointed as senior coaches at their clubs, but unfortunately they seemed not great coaches.
Opposed to great coaches who were average players, these favourite sons saw ups in their playing career so that they had less knowledge of how to improve performances.
But I think some great players can be good coaches.
Lenny Hayes is a legend at St Kilda. He captained St Kilda for a couple seasons and experienced down to up and to down in his playing career. Also his great attitudes that he turned up training early to improve himself after the shocking Grand Final losses are impressive and admirable. Also he had ups and downs in his on field performances.
Currently being an assistant coach at GWS, he will coach a club in the lower level to gain work experiences before coming back to AFL, I think. Then he can be a great senior coach.
Although he has not struggled much in the playing career, Nick Riewoldt would be a great coach in the future. Reasons are the almost all the same as Hayes. Rooey’s great leadership skills and captaining in both good and bad times are bonuses, I reckon. His great attitudes of being loyal to the club would add to form a strong team.
Indeed I want him to play great footy in 2017 and beyond. And I want to see him in the premiership team as a player soon.
Positive and possible are the key to be both great player and coach. Lenny and Nick will be.