A coach by the name of Bill Bowerman sets out to change the lives of many young college students through their abilities in track and field. Bowerman, a famous coach from the University of Oregon not only coaches Olympians but prepares them for the real world after college. He is also the co-founder of Nike, the reason why so many athletes have great running equipment. Bowerman possesses many traits that make him much more than a coach. Bowerman and the Men of Oregon is an excellent biography on the life of Bowerman and what he did in the lives of so many young people.
[...] Bowerman knew there was more to life and wanted to get his athletes ready for the life ahead of them through good mentorship. I think one of the biggest things today's society needs is mentorship. Children often seek answers from other students rather than their parents. Kids are seeking direction and aren't finding it in the right places. As a coach, I really want to mentor kids to grow up and be responsible adults who live for Jesus Christ. There are many lessons I have learned through reading this book about what it means to be a good coach. [...]
[...] He was arrogant and full of pride as he wanted to be the best runner in the world. He came into Oregon because he knew that Bowerman was the right coach for him. He came into Oregon running with guys who were much better than him and he would ask them if he was running too fast? Prefontaine wanted to run the mile however Bowerman felt he was more of a 5000 runner. Even after nearly running a four minute mile on the track solo, Bowerman still felt he didn't have enough speed and was made for the 5000 meters. [...]
[...] Bowerman has many more characteristics that go along with these traits that make him one of the best track and field coaches of all time. He was gifted with intelligence, foresight and hard work. His hard work took him to a place that even he doesn't fully know because he is no longer in this world. Bowerman passed away back in 1999 at the age of 88. The affects of his hard work are still felt today every time you see the Nike swoosh symbol. [...]
[...] I need to try to seek out the best interests of my workers in order to achieve customer euphoria. I think often times people put in leadership don't try and understand what is best for their workers. They don't look at their strengths and weaknesses. A leader needs to get to know his workers just like Bowerman did his athletes. Once you know your athlete, you can better understand what race will suit them best or in the work world, what place within the company will be meet their needs as well as your own. [...]
[...] Many coaches conform to the same style of coaching but Bowerman was his own man and did what he felt was in the best interest of the team. He also displayed his interest through the founding of Nike. He was able to create a pair of shoes that were lighter and would allow his athletes to run faster. These qualities showed just how smart a man he was. Going along with that last example, Bowerman was also gave his players more responsibility. [...]
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