The vocation I would one-day love to have is to be a “big time” women’s college basketball coach. Even if I do not become “big time,” and I am just a regular coach that is also fine with me, because Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” Ron Greene was the first guest speaker that we had the opportunity to hear speak in class. He is a very well known and accomplished non-profit executive with an extensive record in helping children grow into what they aspire to be. He provides leadership, management and direction to boys and ...view middle of the document...
Coach Brandon loves his career but with advantages and disadvantages he also faces many different challenges. Some of these challenges are: learning how to deal with different personalities, being able to remember that girls are not boys so therefore, you cannot treat them as if they are, and being able to bring the right players into the basketball program each year. He has many books that influenced his career. Some examples are, How to Be Like Coach Wooten, Leading With the Heart, and The Coaching Planner. These are simply a few.
Coach Brandon has always been known for giving excellent advice, not only excellent basketball advice but excellent life advice as well. The pieces of advice he gave me in pursuing a coaching career are: learn that everyone cannot deal with the same things or same ways of communication, don’t worry about pleasing everyone because it is impossible, and love what you do and who you do it with and for.
Competitive sports have a great impact on our culture. Sports can influence the values of millions of players and spectators. In sports today, there is a great and growing concern about the moral and ethical behavior of the people placed in leadership. Rule violations within intercollegiate athletics have risen, which has led to increased pressure on leadership to encourage positive ethical behavior. A result of the growing concern has been established by the codes of ethics made by intercollegiate conferences. Because we know that intercollegiate athletics has its share of ethical dilemmas the concept of morality is very important.
Examples of ethical dilemmas in intercollegiate athletics are but are not limited to: 1) rule violations, meaning allowing a player to play regardless of the fact that the may not have all of the academic requirements to play or playing ineligible players; 2) the recruiting of amateur athletes by professional agencies; 3) whether athletes are being exploited by not being paid for their athletic endeavors; and 4) failure to keep standards by coaches or administrators, such as improper language or behavior.
In 2013, Mike Rice, the former Rutgers men’s basketball coach was caught on film verbally and physically abusing players at practice. This abuse involved: extensive use of profanity, grabbing and pushing players around, and also throwing basketballs at players. Coaches are responsible for adhering to the ethical standards set forth by the code of ethics for the NCAA. Mike Rice’s failure to adhere to these standards by exhibiting improper language and behavior ultimately cost him his job at Rutgers University. The Louisville men’s basketball scandal where the former assistant coach, Andre McGee, paid for sex and stripper parties on the Louisville campus for players and recruits is also an example of improper behavior and failure to...