New Kid on the Block

No, no, I’m not talking about the 80’s one hit wonders boy band. I’m talking about being the new coach, trainer, business employer, or (enter job title) in the new environment you obtained. By all means, congratulations, hopefully it’s a position you are happy with, and want to put your heart in soul in throughout your time there.

Cool Threads

The first day you walk into your new place of business, you automatically are judged upon everything you do. These initial statements becomes less of a thought by the time you accomplish your duties there and climb the ladder. As a strength coach, or whatever your job entails, follow these few steps to ensure that you not only gain the respect you deserve, but gain the authority that was given to your job title:

1) Learn your environment as quickly as possible:

By the time you have settled in, you have your pencils aligned, your books in alphabetically order (some extent you go through) you’re ready to start your journey. Get out of your office and introduce yourself to everyone you will be working with. Hopefully you have done this during the interview process, but if haven’t,  go out of you way  to introduce yourself to your co-workers and attempt to get to know them a little better. Knowing the way your co-workers work and how you can get along with them in the workplace is essential for a successful work environment. This is especially important for coaches getting to know their athletes they’ll be working with for the upcoming seasons. Know how things flow in the work area, even though you might be the new head honcho, shows respect. Don’t jump the gun and begin changing things in the way you want it to be. Take your time to ease in and make small adjustments as you head forward, these small changes in the end really do at up.

2) Even though the big duties are a must, the small responsibilities make you become more reputable as a hard worker. Master the proper combination of these responsibilities and success is right around the corner.

Yes, writing a perfect strength and conditioning program, keeping in touch with athletic trainers, coaches and so forth are all important. But, the small duties need just as much attention. Teaching proper technique with each exercise, maintenance of your work area (i.e. weight room), preparing your facility for the coming athletes,  and EXTENDING YOUR KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD are all necessary to become a successful strength coach.

Never hurt to know a little more

Showing others you are prepared and up to date with the latest biz will send a message to your athletes that not only are they putting in work, but so are you. When work gets done, progress is made, when progress is made you have higher numbers on the left-side of the win column. Can be simple, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

3) Break any bad habits that could have set you back in your previous career before it hits you in your new one.

Didn’t have a good relationship with the employees you worked with? Easy fix. As mentioned before, introduce yourself and get to know your employees, so that puts you ahead of the curve. Procrastinated on your work and had to find time to do it during lifting sessions with your athletes? STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!!

“Stop, Hammer Time”

If at any point you forget the purpose of being a strength coach, then you need to take a step back and ask yourself, “Am I ready for this kind of responsibility?” As athletes walk into your facility, they become your responsibility; they are a mirror of your success. If another coach were to walk in and see your athletes training without your supervision (let’s say you were in the office finishing up that last minute email to the head football coach you put off from earlier) then all of a sudden….CRASH!!! An athlete just failed an attempt in squatting and is in dire need for an athletic trainer to check him for a concussion. Hmm, not a great impression on your part. Like I said before, your athletes are a mirror of your success. They are in order, never confused, and show better performances when the coach is present and focused upon his athletes, not getting his busy work done. There is a time and place for answering emails, writing new programs, organizing, etc. When your athletes are there, they are your main focus. How am I going to get them better THIS session?

Get your work done before the athletes set foot into your facility, no exceptions. If you procrastinate, it’s your fault and yours only.

I know I have only given you three minor tips that only scratch the surface, but in my experience, they are the main starting points that can be the difference maker in having you become a well known individual within your work environment, or just another shadow. Don’t be a shadow waiting to be casted away by a brighter light.


Michael Matz B.S., CSCS


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