In this episode Len Busch and Gordon MacLelland discuss coaching your own children. Len shares many of his personal experiences from his basketball career, his transition into coaching and ultimately his own experiences of coaching all of his daughters.
He shares a fascinating insight into the world of being a parent and coach to a high performance athlete and his personal experiences of coaching his own daughter Renee who currently plays for the Sevenoaks Suns (Women’s British Basketball League) where Len is Head Coach.
During the conversation they discuss amongst other things:
- The challenges of managing and motivating three daughters playing basketball
- Sibling support and rivalry
- Specialisation – what worked in the Busch household
- Separating the ‘Coach’ and ‘Dad’ role
- The importance of being able to apologise and discuss the issue
- The vital role of ‘mum’ in managing the unique family dynamic
- The importance of evolving as a coach
- Managing the change in parent/daughter relationship from childhood to senior player
- Managing expectations and the importance of proactive communication
You can hear more from Len in our brand new product ‘Two Hats’ featuring advice, support and encouragement for all parent coaches including 23 interviews across 14 sports from leading figures in the sporting world.
“It is a great privilege to be part of this project alongside so many leading figures from across the sporting world covering such a wide range of sports. It is certainly enlightening seeing so many similarities across sports in terms of coaching your own child as well as some of the uniqueness that each sporting environment can provide.” Harry Redknapp