Opportunity of the Coach
Coaches have a unique opportunity to step up and fill a father’s void, by taking up some of the roles of a father. The coach works with players where they love to be, often at the perfect age and repeatedly, over a long period of time – creating an ideal setting for positive influence and affecting change.
A coach cannot be the physical father, but male and female coaches can play some of the father’s roles in the lives of their players.
Coaches as father figures are positive role models, help establish moral authority, communicate identity, provide security, validate potential and coach life through football.
Players coached by a father figure develop a healthy self-esteem, learn to make wise decisions, have a positive outlook on life and a solid foundation to build their life on.
This leads to breaking the cycle of fatherlessness, and these players grow up and become positive fathers/father figures, mothers and role models themselves.