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What kind of a coach are you?

Marcin Bieniek examines the kind of coach you may be based on your personality and inner motivation.

All players all different but what about coaches? Yes, the same rule applies. All coaches are different in many ways - their methodology, approach to individualities, approach to the profession, etc. In this article, I want to look at Coach's approach.

As a coach, you need to establish your approach and goals to coaching (your coaching philosophy), and the best time to do this is at the beginning of your coaching career. I feel there are five basic kinds of coaches, and here I want to profile each of them.

Group coach

This coach prefers group lessons. They like working with many players at a time. Have an arsenal of drills because they will use more variations so as not to bore their players. They should not have problems with communication.

Individual coach

This coach prefers one-to-one lessons. They focus only on one player and do not like to be distracted by others. They should be an experienced player because they will have to rally a lot.

Kids coach

This coach likes to train kids. They should be easy-going, patient, and communicative. An imaginative mind should be a strength. Knowledge about teaching methods and how they learn should be acquired.

Tournament coach

This coach strives for training with competitive players. They should have a broad knowledge of every aspect of the tennis game (Mental side, Physical side, Professional teaching methods). They should like travelling and spending weekends at tournaments.

Money coach

This coach's primary goal is to earn money. It does not matter what clients they are going to train. They prefer to stay in one place and being a city-coach.


These are the five basics roles, and which kind of coach you are going to be is truly in your hands. As you can see, different goals are connected to different roles, so you must match them with your personality and inner motivation.

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About the Author

Marcin Bieniek is a tennis coach from Poland and a former professional player (Polish National Juniors Team). He is a certificated tennis coach by the Polish Tennis Coaching Association and the Professional Tennis Registry. Marcin has worked with many of the top 20 Polish Juniors and the top 150 players in the world.