Handout 1. The Definition of a Coach

Origin of the Word . . .

Coach is derived from the Hungarian word for a carriage that carried people between Budapest and Vienna:     Kocsi czeker (car of Kocs; Oxford English Dictionary).

In 1849, students at British universities began using “coach” as a slang term for “someone who carries you through an examination or challenge.”









An Effective Coach . . .

  • guides, facilitates, and supports a person toward realizing his or her potential
  • helps another person overcome challenges to achieve his or her goals by enabling the person to achieve his or her best
  • enables a person to achieve a level of accomplishment that wouldn’t have been possible without the coaches’ guidance, prodding, and ...

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