Opinion: Play-coach trust

By Rachel McNew — A coach can be thought of differently by each of his or her players. Some players can think of their coach as just an authority figure on a team that makes decisions. Others may think of their coach as a role model and someone to look up to.

Either way, no matter what sport, an athlete probably interacts and sees his or her coach more than his or her own parents during a season.

With a coach being so close to his or her team, a certain trust has to be built between a player and a coach. Unfortunately, some coaches ruin the thought of a player–coach trust by doing something huge to break it.

An example of this occurred a few weeks ago when a local high school boys’ basketball coach was accused of filming his players while taking their routine shower after practice. People were so shocked by this because many players and parents had the trust in this coach a team should have.

The coach is currently in jail and has recently plead “not guilty.” If found guilty, he could recieve up to 64 years in prison.

This event is sickening, but this has not been the only incident in the past year in which a coach gets in trouble with the law. The Jerry Sandusky case, for example, pretty much destroyed Penn State’s football program. The question is, with coaches committing crimes, no matter the size, should players, parents and the community stop trusting their own coaches?

The answer is no. People should not look at their own coach and lose trust in them just because of these cases. The reason for this is because a team needs chemistry to succeed. Without trust in one another, there will be no chemistry. If there is no trust in the main stream of a team, a.k.a the coach, then problems within a team can occur. Thousands of people commit their time to coaching their own teams every day. They spend countless hours spending time away from their own homes and families.  Very few of these people have no other intention but to work to see their team succeed.