The Case Against Aggressive Coaching

By DeMarco Williams

Coaches like Doug Wojcik are going the way of the dinosaur. A generation ago, Wojcik’s alleged verbal and physical abuses of students and coaches at College of Charleston might have been accepted by school administrators. But today, that sort of insensitive gesturing gets a coach fired; just as it did Wojcik this past August.

“I think you can get your point across without raising your blood pressure,” said Dave Roca, head coach of the Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Charter boys’ basketball team. “If you can work from a position of unconditional positive regard, rather than try to put fear in somebody, I think you’re going to be more successful and the student-athlete is going to be more successful in the long run.”

The Wojciks and Mike Rices of the world — Rice is the embattled former coach of the Rutgers men’s basketball team who was relieved of his duties in 2013 for allegedly abusing players — may not even see the harm in their actions. As stomach churning as things might appear from the outside, the behavior is likely dismissed as tough love from their skewed vantage points.

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