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Coaching Philosophy

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Chapter 19: Coaching Philosophy

Many great leaders have a very clear leadership model, a set of values, and a leadership philosophy. Having clarity on your values and leadership philosophy can alleviate some of the stressors you feel as a college coach. Developing a concise coaching philosophy can assist with tackling difficult decisions. It will also help you clearly articulate to your recruits, current team, and even future employers how you view your role as a coach and why you coach. It can be challenging to know where to start, but both Giancarlo Lemmi and Elizabeth Robinson provide you with some great advice as to how to begin this process, and even share their own coaching philosophies for you to view.

Coaching Philosophy with Giancarlo Lemmi

Former ITA College Tennis Coaches Podcast guest, Giancarlo Lemmi, is the associate head women’s tennis coach at Liberty University. During his tenure at Liberty, he has helped the team to its two winningest seasons in program history and a share of the Big South regular season title on two occasions. You can find a link to his book, the Court of Excellence: Thoughts on Life and Coaching,in the resources section below. He also has his own podcast.

Coaching Philosophy with Elizabeth Robinson

Elizabeth Robinson is a former NCAA Champion and professional tennis player. She is currently the assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of Oregon. This past season she helped lead the team to notable programs firsts — a win over Stanford and having a player reach the semi-finals of the NCAA individual tournament. She was a member of the inaugural ITA/USTA Mentorship program where she developed and refined her coaching philosophy.


January 9, 2022