Coach Like a Mother: A Guide for the 21st Century Sports Coachby Helen Williams
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“Coach Like A Mother” is an operations manual for coaches at every point in their career that helps them keep the proper perspective of sports when developing young people. Every coach will benefit from valuable lessons in interacting with the 21st century athlete. Young coaches and those new to the profession will find information useful to navigating their career path. Boomer and Generation X coaches get useful tips on dealing with Generation Y Millenniums and Generation Z kids. The insights from “Coach Like A Mother” on leadership and management can be applied to teaching, coaching, parenting, and business.
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Meet the Author
Helen Williams is the CEO of HMW Sports Consulting (www.hmwsportsconsulting.com). She conducts seminars for coaching staffs to fulfill her mission of engaging coaches at all levels, helping them improve their skills and understand their roles in the lives of the young people they work with.
Williams holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Wake Forest University where she was a student-athlete and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She has been involved with intercollegiate athletics for over 26 years and held positions at Division I, II, and III institutions; Lenoir-Rhyne University, Wake Forest University, University of South Florida, Western Michigan University, US Naval Academy, Princeton University, Merrimack College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently she is a Visiting Fellow in the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program.
Helen works as a color analyst for college basketball and blogs for Team Fenom (www.teamfenom.com) and Women In Coaching ( She serves on the board of directors for Dream Big!, an organization whose mission is helping low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activity, helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences. Williams continues to be involved in athletics because of her belief in building education through sport.
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I couldn’t put this book down, and finished it in a day and a half. I began reading this book, knowing that I was a former competitive figure skater, in both Precision Skating (now called Synchronized Skating), and in Ice Dancing. With each page that I turned, it became very clear that this book was also written in such a way, that everything that Helen M. Williams points out about her experiences while coaching Basketball, also holds true in the business world. Helen Williams' book is not just for the sports coach, but for anyone in a Management/Leadership position, or for those who are in or about to enter any training program for these fields. Leadership roles in both the sports and business worlds should be educational, enlightening for the athletes or employees, and guiding in a mentoring capacity. Those who choose to take a compassionate route in their roles find a higher success rate with those individuals they are working with, towards a brighter future, and their real world expectations. Look back at your own personal journey, and think about who your mentors were along the way. What were their styles of dealing with their subordinates? Did any of them hold you accountable for your actions, especially if you were a member of a team? What can you change in your personal leadership style, which will help both current and future generations thrive in the real world? Helen’s book is a great guide and reference resource towards achieving those changes, no matter how minor or major you determine the changes need to be. This book is a must have for your reference shelf, and should be your guide throughout your career.