Coaches In Sports


Above is an image of a college football coach who is yelling and grabbing the jersey of his player to get his attention.

Sports have always been activities where emotions run high and peoples actions can tend to get out of hand. Now, in 2013, there have been a slew of instances in the recent past that have shown some of the violent behaviors in athletics.

The image above is of a college football coach screaming at one of his players as well as grabbing his jersey in attempt to get his attention. More specifically this is the head coach of the Vanderbilt football team who is guilty of shouting at one of his defensive players. We cannot tell or infer from the image whether there has been or is going to be some sort of violent act towards his player. The coach is screaming at his player literally right in his face mask. The coach is aggressively grabbing the uniform of his player out of rage and to make sure his player is paying attention.

We can also tell from this picture that the coach is most likely not offering his player words of encouragement. Both the body language of the coach and the player are definitely not particularly positive. The coach is intensely screaming causing his veins in his head and neck to pop out. His players’ body language is mostly blocked out because of his helmet, but the look on his face is one of disappointment.

This type of aggressive behavior from coaches in athletics is one that has become more and more public over the past few years. Violent and aggressive behavior also occurs in one particular scene in Paul Beattys’ The White Boy Shuffle. “Oh shit, Coach just slapped Issac Gottlieb for missing a lay-up during the pregame warmup” (Beatty 191). Both the actions of the Vanderbilt University coach above and the actions of Coach Palomino in the novel show how intense and emotional sports can become. But at the same time there has to be a line drawn that separates acceptable from unacceptable actions like those of Coach Palomino in The White Boy Shuffle. 

The actions of the coach in the image above are widely accepted as “normal” and are acceptable as long as the situation does not result in anything particularly violent or abusive. In some cases when coaches like this “get on” or yell at their players it can fire them up and motivate them to perform better. The best coaches who get the most out of their players are the ones who know when and when not to scream at their players in order to enhance their on field performance.

In summary, athletics and especially high-level athletics tend to evoke intense and sometimes aggressive emotions in coaches who really want to win and get the most out of their players. But at the end of the day coaches need to respect their players just as the players show respect for their coaches.

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Harris, Flint. “SEC Coaches.” 13 October 2011. Web. 28 April 2013.