When looking back at the most influential people in your life outside of your parents, you are most likely going to remember a teacher or a coach. In school players typically spend more time with coaches than individual teachers.
The coach can be a primary caregiver. He or she can provide security, safety and emotional support.
The athlete/coach relationship is also a performance factor that can be more important than all other factors. When the athlete/coach relationship is maximized, athletes feel more comfortable pushing their boundaries, taking risks to improve performance, and giving 100% effort.
In 2019 my company SETS Consulting did a study in conjunction with Stanford University. We interviewed 98 male and female professional and collegiate athletes that had all played under championship coaches.
Kyle LaCroix is the Assistant Director of Tennis at The Oaks at Boca Raton. He is also a proud member of the USPTA and is a USPTA Florida Division Tester, responsible for the testing, certification and mentoring of all new teaching professionals. In addition, Kyle is on the USPTA National College Curriculum Committee. He has worked with the ATP and WTA Tours in their professional development programs. He is a graduate of Ferris State University's Professional Tennis Management Program and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has written for USPTA Addvantage Magazine as well as USPTA Florida's Division 'Baselines' Newsletter.