Whether through personal experience or through observations of others’ experiences, we all have an idea of what it means to have a “coach.” With running, some images that come to mind are stopwatches, whistles and a person standing trackside with a clipboard and visor. We imagine a wide-eyed athlete receiving a pep talk from this visor-ed figure minutes before the start of a race— we imagine wisdom.
As we become adults, though, the coaches in our lives may fade and even disappear— as adults, we probably see this coach image more frequently in movies and in our childrens’ lives than in our own. Is it that we out-grow needing a “coach” or that a coach is simply harder to come by as we grow older?
Perhaps with work, family and other adult-things playing a greater role in our life, we already have enough of other people to “report to” besides a coach. Besides, if we want to maintain our fitness or reach a fitness goal, there are manuals and books that can help us. We can find instruction elsewhere.
But what about the whistle and the figure standing trackside? What about the connection we have with coach moments before the starting gun goes off? There is something more than instruction going on in these scenes in our minds.
A coach is about more than instruction, then.
Great coaching is about observing an individual and evaluating how to maximize their personal athletic ability, mentally and physically. It is part science and part art— the best coaching is anything but generic and broad. Just as a chef begins with ingredients and finds out how they best work in harmony, so does a quality coach handle each athlete with care, thoughtfulness and technique.
Every individual athlete’s training plan should look different.
A coach does more than indicate to us when to go and stop, but is also someone we trust and are inspired by and feel accountable to. The coach’s whistle, for example, comes from a place of knowledge, experience, observation and creativity. Coaching is about more than just generic instruction, but more importantly about guidance and wisdom.
And wisdom is something we never outgrow.
At Team All-American, we believe adult athletes can truly benefit from a Coach, too. We believe in growing and thriving as athletes through a real coach-athlete relationship—symbolic whistle and all.
Coach Scott is the head coach for Team All-American. He believes there isn’t anything magical about coaching but there is something extraordinary about learning from others’ research and experience.
However, Scott found that access to quality running Coaching often ends at the collegiate level and started Team All-American coach to uniquely fill the athletic coaching gap adult athletes everywhere face.
As a Coach, Scott believes that there is nothing more paramount in an athlete’s career than achieving a personal best. And achieving that best as an adult athlete is entirely possible, but requires the combination of creativity and science that Coach Scott brings to Team All-American.
Through customized workouts, thoughtful progression of intensity and volume, Coach Scott is able to put the pieces of the athletic puzzle together with the athletes he works with. Coach Scott guide his athletes through the years, weeks, and days leading into race day so that Team All-American athletes are able to perform at their peak on race day. No online or self-coaching system is capable of observing, molding and managing an athlete’s progression like Coach Scott.
Officially, Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sports Science and is also a certified and registry-approved running coach with USA Track and Field who has over 15 years of 1-on-1 coaching and training experience. But beyond his credential on the wall, Scott learned to coach through a learning-by-doing approach.
Scott learned to coach by coaching.
As an athlete who faced a similar challenge when his access to quality coaching was limited to the years he was in school, Scott began coaching in the exact location where his athletic career started: in his childhood driveway in the suburbs of New York. He sought to bridge the gap between youth athletics and adult athletics, and specifically in the realm of running.
Scott felt passionate about reaching runners in his hometown first, but Team All-American has only grown from there.
As a coach, Scott understands all facets of coaching and he knows what it means to “hold the whistle”—that is, the science behind quality conditioning and training to maximize physical development, no matter where the athlete’s starting place.
But Coach Scott also understands that in order to be the best athlete, there is a powerful mental side to athletics—through phone call coaching, as well as contact through text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and other coaching avenues, he is the “coach standing trackside.”
Custom Training Plans
Coach Scott subscribes to the simple philosophy that all people are different and every one of his athletes should have their own unique training plan. Undoubtedly, what one athlete might need in their training plan will differ from another!
Coach As A Resource
Coach Scott also knows from his own experience as an athlete how a coach for an adult athlete is also different than a coach for a young child. That is, with family, work, and other life responsibilities, a coach should feel more like a teammate than an obligation. Coach Scott pays attention to detail with each of his athletes and their custom training plans, and he champions flexibility and growth.
Coach Scott believes that a great coach should guide and shape, not hover and control.
Coach Scott’s philosophy as a coach is one of understanding—he develops an understanding of his athletes so that his athletes can, in turn, better understand themselves and their athletic capabilities. This mutual understanding is made possible through real human-to-human interaction, which is what makes Coach Scott and Team All American different and more effective than online coaching or self-coaching.