CBW 003 – Presbyterian Women’s Associate HC Eric Burrow & Dealing with Parents

In this episode by basketball coaches for basketball coaches…Eric Burrow

originally recorded

I. An interview with Presbyterian College Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Eric Burrow.

PC is a DI school in the Big South Conference.

  • Click here for Coach Burrow’s bio from the Presbyterian College website

II. The Tip of the Week: Dealing with Parents

  • Have a parental communication plan in place before the season.
  • Follow your athletic department guidelines or make one.  Ask parents to follow the chain of command with complaints (and ask how would they want to be treated at work?).  Talk to the coach first, then the Athletic Director, then the Principal, then the Superintendent.
  • Do NOT talk to upset parents after games- it’s not good for either of you!
  • Ask parents not to email anything they wouldn’t say in person. (Remember Abe Lincoln!)
  • The L.A.S.T. Method- Listen, Apologize, Solve, Thank.
  • Coach Dave Odom’s 2 Letters for Praise & Criticism from The End Is Not the Trophy: Reflections on a Life in Coaching

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