The Coach’s Account


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First, allow me to extend my gratitude to all our participating coaches and sports leaders in this year’s Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) Coaches’ Forum. I would like to also give special mention to the hard working staff of the ADDU University Athletics Office (UAO) for putting things together and ensuring a meaningful event for all.

It is one of the main advocacies of the ADDU UAO to instill to coaches the value of continues education. Since most of us are involved in teams that are composed of student-athletes, we should have the thirst for knowledge – to never stop learning. It is only through then that we can continuously teach.  We can only teach what we know. If we know less, we teach less. If we know more, imagine the possibilities of new knowledge we can teach the young minds under our care.

The main purpose of the ADDU Coaches’ Forum is to educate.  The Forum aims not only to provide new information but to also guide coaches in reflecting and discovering more what they can do for their team and their immediate society.

The coach is first and foremost a teacher. It is his responsibility to teach. It will be difficult for a coach to instill a learning culture to his team if he himself does not have that culture in him. We hope that the forum we organize would help to be a strong reminder of that role of a coach – he is a teacher first and that he should never stop learning.

A young coach can learn from the wisdom of a good teacher – never lose the thirst to learn; never settle to rely only in what you know; never be contented with the average; push mediocrity aside; love your students; make it a responsibility to try to dream that you can truly change the world regardless of how small you think you are.

We are in a country that is in need of good leaders in sports. We have plenty of sports officials but few visionaries, doers and leaders. We have more than enough participants in games but less of catalysts of change. We have plenty of plans and dreams but less of Inspiration and Hope.

Dear coaches, Hope in sports can be in the provinces too. It is here in Mindanao. It is also with the less popular and less influential ones. It lies in you too. You have in your hands the power to influence the next generation. Use that power well. Keep on learning. Be humble to tell the next generation our shortcomings and our failures. Allow them to learn from us and be better than us.

“Strive to live a life creating a ceiling that will be the floor of the next generation.”


January 24, 2015, ADDU Matina Campus