When coaches at any level publicly blame their players in the media maybe doomed for failure as a coach regardless of the talent they have available.
You usually see this much more at the college level then at the high school level.
I always felt as a coach that I should always tell my high school players that I will give them all the credit for the wins and I will take all the blame for the losses.
If what I give my players to run offensively and defensoively does not work and we lose then that is my fault and if they don’t attempt to do what I give them to do and we lose, then that is my fault also.
UCLA’s Coach John Wooden said once that “a coaches best friend is the bench”. (He could have added the Wooden Bench”.
Yelling and screaming at players during games usually will go in one ear and out the other if the player being yelled at remains on the court. Many coaches “bark is alot worse then their bite”.
Players will respond for the one thing that they want….PLAYING TIME.
Also, the other thing that players want from their coaches at any level is for their coaches is to be FAIR and treat everyone on the team the same except for playing time.
I always found that sitting my players down when I was upset with their play, they always sat beside with my assistant coach who would ask the player why they think they were taken out of the game. if they didn’t know then he told the player why he was taken out of the game.
When I see head coaches making excuses and blaming others in the media for their teams failures be it their assistant coaches or the players I know that they are headed for failure……… regardless when they do it. During the pre-season, the season or in the post season.
Would the coaches like it if their players and assistant coaches publicly blamed them in the media as the head coaches for their teams failures?????????? I don’t think so.
Something for coaches who are yellers and screamers, have and make excuses, blame others and don’t take players out when they are upset with their play to think about.
“You get more with sugar (being positive), then you do with vinegar (being negative).
When taking players out of games or benching them for poor play always should be followed with telling why the players are being taken out or being benched.
This is a “Cardinal Rule” for successful coaches.