Tale of Two Coaches

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Tale of two coaches

Grand Canyon University

Gwendolyn Owens

August 27, 2011

When it comes to leadership and management, Coach K and Coach Knight are undeniably the two most respected and committed college basketball coaches in the United States. But the one thing that sets the two apart is their leadership styles. Coach Knight chooses to lead by intimidation and Coach K choice is to use positive reinforcement. Both leadership styles have produced great results with a win-win record at both colleges. Leadership is a process in which the leader has to influence their follower’s in order to achieve a set of common goals, and in these two cases it’s to win basketball games. Bobby Knight, also known as "The General," is the head coach at Texas Tech University. He's a fiery, in-your-face taskmaster who leads through discipline and intimidation, which some critics say goes too far. Knight was fired from a long career at Indiana University for grabbing a student, and prior to that he was filmed clutching one of his own players by the neck. And then there was the infamous incident during a game when Knight tossed a folding chair across the court to protest a referee's call.

Mike Krzyzewski, also known as Coach K, leads the men's basketball program at Duke University. Instead of fear, Krzyzewski relies heavily on positive reinforcement, open and warm communication, and caring support. For Coach K, "It's about the heart, it's about family, it's about seeing the good in people and bringing the most out of them. To become a great leader one must possess the traits needed to create the desire for the followers to take directions from the leader to meet the ultimate goal. Both coaches displayed a high level of drive, motivation, integrity, confidence, and task knowledge to which in return produced a high level of achievement. When correlating the power bases to each coach, Coach K would have to be classified as having referent power in which he was a coach that was admired by his students, expert power whereas the students perceived their coach as competent and knowledgeable and reward power. With Coach K using reward power he simply used love, kindness and positive reinforcement saying things such as, “job well done”, or you can do this. Reward power is having the capacity to provide a reward to the students and for them encouraging words were their reward. Coach Knight tends to use legitimate and coercive power using intimidation to get his students to provide results of winning. He demands discipline on his court and if and when it’s not present the coach chooses to use punishment such as benching the student. Coach Knight was also known for dismissing the students from practice or threatening to revoke scholarships. Use of violence towards the students, treating his players as though they were nothing. Coaching Styles and their Factors Affecting

This assignment will be looking at the methods of coaching and the relevant factors, which affect the performance. Finding out the different styles of coaching/ teaching used in sports, for beginners through to advanced players, comparing the theories of the different styles and assessing them will be my aim for the assignment. Also identified will be the different outcomes in sports from each of the different coaching styles used, therefore allowing me to identify the best style and why it would be most appropriate. There are two main types of “coaching” styles. The style adopted by a coach will depend on the situation and circumstances under which coach is put in. Also shown are different types of guidance. The type of guidance used is based on the learners and the activity being learnt: Command Style – Coach gives direct instructions, which are to be followed exactly. Often used when dealing with large groups or in potentially dangerous situations. Reciprocal Style – Learning from each other, pair work. Needs close monitoring otherwise...
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