Saturday, 02 March 2024

Coaching Greatness: Philosophies on Winning

For my section of the project, I chose to do a philosophical study of Coach Herb Brooks, the man and the coach. I will look at the philosophy of Coach Brooks, focusing on his values and how they contributed to his team’s successes. By outlining the coach’s philosophy, I hope to give everyone a sense of what values were important and why his style of coaching not only benefited his players in athletics but equipped them for success in life.

I am a fairly analytical person. I am interested in why people are the way they are, the things that make them tick, and how and why their actions affect others. Therefore, I thought a philosophical analysis of Herb Brooks would be an appropriate and important piece of our project.

In studying Coach Brooks, his team, and their historic success at Lake Placid, I’ve learned most importantly that optimism and faith triumph over all. Miracles really do happen. You just have to be open to them and believe in them.

There is no substitute for hard work in order to be successful. I’m sure the feeling that swept over the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team after beating the Soviets was one that can never be duplicated or replaced. If Coach Brooks had not pushed them as hard as he did, they would have never gotten to experience it.

The values of honesty, faith, hard work, commitment, and sacrifice are ones that I will take with me long after this project is over. In order to reach a goal, you must push yourself. Often, the goal will seem unreachable, but being able to stay faithful, committed, and give it your absolute best, makes the goal attainable.

A positive attitude results in positive results. The Miracle on Ice occurred because the American team knew they could win that game. They had the dedication, put in the hard work, and made the sacrifices. They knew, and Herb Brooks knew, that the moment was going to be theirs. In my life after King’s College, I will always remember what it takes to be successful and how a true winner is a person with core values.

This project hasn’t been just a project, it’s been an experience. Reading about Coach Herb Brooks and the team, seeing pictures and hearing stories from some of my classmates who made the trip to Lake Placid, I’ve come to realize that this is much more than a project honoring the 25th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. It’s a project highlighting the years of hard work by everyone in our class, including our teacher. It is fitting that my years at King’s capped off by a project that has an impact on not only my class, but on others as well. The people who know about and are involved in this commemoration are many. They are people I never dreamed I get the opportunity to meet and interview people. It truly has been an experience that I will never forget.