Posted December 04, 2013

Youth Soccer Coach Fired for Win-at-All-Costs Attitude

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It wasn't a day at the beach for the kids on Justin Byrne's youth soccer tem. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It wasn’t a day at the beach for the kids on Justin Byrne’s youth soccer team. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

For Justin Byrne, the coach of an under-10 soccer (er, football) team in a London suburb, winning is everything.

The children’s parents thought otherwise. Cheerio, Mr. Byrne!

Byrne insisted he wasn’t there so the boys could have fun, and that he was “only interested in winning.” He also called detractors “weak-minded” and said they “think sport is about knitting.”

He emailed the parents of his Chalfont St. Peter’s Football Club his Vince Lombardi-like views for their kids. Four days later, the 42-year-old father of three was fired despite a stellar winning percentage in his two years as a coach.

‘I don’t care about equal play time or any other communist view of sport,” the Australian-born Byrne wrote in his email.

Well, then.

[Daily Mail]

9 comments
Django
Django

Thank goodness someone is standing up to the communists and the knitters!

Randy'sAttackSystemWrestling
Randy'sAttackSystemWrestling

I'm a person who trains athletes for a living - I train them to win, and if they don't, I don't have clients.  With that in mind,  I hope all of you understand the context for my next statement:  This guy is a lousy youth coach and deserved to be fired.  

I don't care how many wins he had, he is missing the point in coaching a U10 team.  At that level, it IS about development.  At that level, you teach your athletes how to train, how to work, and technically (in this case), how to play soccer.  But the key is, you do that with EVERY KID.  


EVERY ATHLETE on your team matters.  If you are really a good coach, every athlete on your team will contribute to the success of the team.  If you are not doing that, you are hurting your team - in the short term, because you're not developing athletes who can contribute, but also in the long-term, because you're not helping those athletes develop for the future.


-Randy

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

He sounds like a sad, bitter man. Is that all he thinks of sports? At best, his narrow attitude would be appropriate only at the professional level where skill levels are assumed to be at their highest and participants are paid to perform. For any amateur league, and certainly at the youth level, this sod is incompetent and dangerous.

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

Youth sports are developing skills, not just winning. If the coach wasn't interested in that, he needed to go. Obviously the two first posters are too dumb to know that. I hope those two never coach kids.

Jeff63
Jeff63

Don't piss off the participation-ribbon crowd.

joeblow
joeblow

It's funny how the "fair-minded" sports media reports from their ivory tower! 

Would sports "journalists" even have a job if people didn't want to see stories about winners?

Enjoy your Karl Marx while Western Civilization crashes and burns.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@joeblow  

You can teach sportsmanship, skills, and still give all the kids a chance to play (these are under-10s, for crying out loud!) while doing your best to win.  That is NOT the same as "win at all costs" and calling anyone who disagrees Communists.

In fact, that kind of thing gives anti-Communists a bad name. 

joeblow
joeblow

@MidwestGolfFan @joeblow 

MGF--I agree wholeheartedly with your first point, but due to writers' obvious agenda and lack of context for coach's comments as relating to parents' demands I can't agree with your next two comments. 

Having coached at various levels I can assure you that the players want playing time based on earning it--they know who deserves it.  The article does not say the other kids did not have a chance to play--only that the coach did not care about "equal play time" or "other communist views of sport".  

Equality of outcome, no matter what your effort or skill level, is the Communist view of the world--and history teaches us it leads to utter destruction.  Why teach it to our kids in any way, shape, or form?