A coaches goal, whether they are male or female, is ultimately to push an athlete past their limits, limits that they couldn’t have achieved on their own.
Lots of people have their own opinions on male versus female coaches
According to statistics, female coaches tend to be more open to new ways of doing things where as male coaches tend to stick to what they know
Some coaches are very powerful and demanding while others are more democratic and humane in their relationship with their players
Andrew Adams describes his male coachs relationship with his football team
“I loved my football coach, he made himself like a father figure to us , I really looked up to him.”
“His coaching style was hard, if you were doing something wrong or not trying your best at practises he probably wouldn’t play you in some of the games until he saw improvement.”
An ex figure skater Hannah Durham, got to experience having both a male and female coach. She compares the differences in their attitude, the relationship she was able to develop with them, and their general coaching methods
Contrary to statistics, Hannah found that her male coach was the one who was open to more new ways of doing things
“I liked when I was training with my guy coach more because he was so motivating and I felt like I was always learning new things where as with my female coaches, I felt like they weren’t teaching me anything new.”
Although Hannah preferred her lessons with her male coach, she ultimately felt more comfortable with her female coach
“It wasn’t that I was uncomfortable with my male coach, I just felt like I could trust my female coach more with personal problems in my life.”
The stigma around male versus female coaches are that females are more subtle where as males are more pushing and motivating. Andrew and Hannahs real life experiencing prove that coaching methods truly depend on the person, and not the gender.