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The Death Stare works

According to the Hockey News’s Justin Bourne, four specific traits separate great coaches from good or decent ones—respect-building, mastery of intimidation, choosing one’s words carefully and a combination of motivational and technical advice—and Bourne says that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has the second trait down pat:

Some of the best in the business - think Mike Babcock as Example 1A - offer a mix of intelligent, thoughtful insight with searing “oh crap, he’s mad isn’t he?” Intimidating coaches can correct sloppy passes in practice with a single look (a look you begin to understand after a few weeks) or silence the room when he walks into it.

My Dad, Bob Bourne, played for Pat Quinn in Los Angeles and has mentioned Quinn was a great coach partially because of how strong and scary the guy was; players took him seriously. As much as you need to be “co-workers” so players can comfortably ask questions, the relationship needs to be established - team decisions are made democratically only until the dictator makes the final call.


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SYF's avatar

When I used to follow Pistons basketball, Chuck Daly had the hardest scowl ever.

Uncle Mike now has that same look when things aren’t going right.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 03/28/11 at 07:59 PM ET

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