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The Role, Duty, and Expectation of a Coach


Billy Graham once said, “A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.” If this statement is true, and I believe it is, then it is important to understand what the role, duty, and expectation of coaches are.

Long-time readers of this site know I participate in a weekly Zoom Bible study with approximately 70 high school, college, and professional baseball scouts and coaches. This past week Chicago White Sox scout Kevin Burrell taught a lesson on the subject of baptism.  Kevin pointed out that baptism is an outward sign you are playing for a new team (Christianity) and have a new coach (Jesus Christ).

To connect the dots for this very unique audience, he asked, “What is the role, duty, and expectation of a coach.” The following are the answers from some of the top scouts and coaches in baseball:

A Coach Is a Model

Lee Seras, Scouting Supervisor for the Cincinnati Reds said, “Become a model and a leader.”

Coaches Train and Develop Players

Luke Wrenn, retired scout from the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Arizona Diamondbacks, said, “To develop the players to be the best that they can be.”

Coaches Imparts Knowledge

Wrenn added that coaches are “to be an example to them and to impart knowledge.”

Coaches Meets You Where You Are At

Kevin Wilson, one of the most sought after hitting consultants in the game and is currently working with Minor and Major League players from 20 different MLB organizations, said, “Meet them where they’re at.”

Coaches Create a Path for You and Guides You in It

Kevin added that coaches will “guide them in a path you want them to go in.”

Coaches Are Mentors

Rich Sparks, scout for the Oakland A’s, said, “Be a mentor.”

Coaches Teach You to Take Responsibility

Rick Robinson, former college baseball coach for over 20 years and currently a missionary with SCORE International said, “Teach them to take responsibility.”

Coaches Teach You to Operate Within the Context of a Team

Rick concluded by saying coaches also teach you “how to participate and operate as a team player.”


Kevin then summarized by tying these traits back to the Holy Spirit’s work in a person’s life after salvation. He said, “The message of baptism is I have a new coach and this new coach is going to help. He’s going to model for me. He’s going to help train me. He’s going to help me reach my abilities as a new follower of Christ. He’s going to mentor me. All the above. He’s going to care for me. He’s going to discipline me…That new coach is the Holy Spirit that abides within you and he’s going to walk with you and he’s going to talk with you, and he’s going to train you, and he’s going to teach you, and he’s going to lead you every day.”

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