Friday, April 26, 2013

ATHLETICS: Joe Ehrmann Visits Fairmont Prep

On Sunday April 21st Fairmont Prep Academy was fortunate to have world-renowned speaker Joe speak to a group of 65 educators, clergy, and coaches eager to learn his personal history, have him explain why and how he developed his groundbreaking coaching philosophy—and what other coaches and leaders can do to incorporate it into their programs. They day was filled with Joe's impassioned presentation, plenty of group discussion, sharing ideas, along with some great fellowship (and food!)
 Joe Ehrmann is the Author of "InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives" and was the focus of the 2004 best-seller 'Season of Life". He was featured on the cover of Parade Magazine which called Joe "The Most Important Coach in America" and he's been named one of The 100 Most Influential Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport.
Using Joe's 89-page Curriculum Handbook attendees did activities that examined the questions:
Why do I coach?
Why do I coach the way I do?
How does it feel to be coached by me?

The essence of the message in both the book and the days seminar is that coaches and educators fit into one of two categories. Either they are primarily "Transactional" or "Transformational". 
A "Transactional" Coach/Teacher/Educator provides a service, the customer (student/athlete) performs, and the Coach/Teacher/Educator (and their program or school) benefits. This Transactional Educator is self-centered, worried about extrinsic benefits. A Transactional Coach puts themselves first, the team/program/school second, and the student/athletes third.

A "Transformational" Coach/Teacher/Educator primary concern is transforming lives and all decisions are made to that end. A Transformational Coach puts the student/athletes first, the team/program/school second, and themselves third. A Transformational Coach is "other-centered" and understands the intrinsic values are what's really most important. It's easy to see which one we want to be.

The end of the day covered 12 Principles of InSideOut Coaching and methods to develop and implement them into your program. There was plenty of discussion and an extensive Q&A session.
Thanks for supporting this outstanding opportunity to be a school of character.

- Contributed by Ray Lokar, Head Boys' Basketball Coach



  1. Wow. I wished that I had known about it when coach came to prep.

    Shawn P.

  2. It looked like the teachers had fun! It seems like a great event was held. Great Job!
    -Frankie Tao

  3. It's amazing that the couch actually came to our campus!

  4. Wow! I wish I was there!

  5. It must be a great opportunity! I wish i was there!


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