Preparing to meet the coach for the first time

Denise Martin @deniseanalysis

Sometimes the most nerve wrecking aspect of applied performance analysis support is preparing to meet the coach for that first discussion about that they are looking for.  The purpose of this post is to help provide a framework for early career analysts as they prepare for those initial meetings.

In advance of meeting the coach it is critical that you have considered or researched three key elements:

  1. Your capacity to deliver the support
  2. The background of the coach, the athlete / team, the competitive environment in which they operate
  3. Current best practice in PA within that sport

You do not necessarily need to share ANY of this information with the coach, in fact it’s probably best not to, however it should equip you with the knowledge and confidence to hold an intelligent and informed conversation. Continue reading “Preparing to meet the coach for the first time”