A Day in the Life of A Coach: Game Day

Friday, December 9th

5:45 am

  • Wake up and stumble into the bathroom to get ready for the day
  • Drop by my kids bedroom to wake her up on the way to the kitchen
  • Make breakfast, coffee, and lunch

7:15 am

  • Arrive at school and take attendance for our junior high athletes
  • Review and finalize the scouting report for the team
  • Work on stats from the game earlier in the week (post positive stats totals and prepare stickers for individual performance)

8:45 am

  • Head to class to teach about the Roman Empire to my World History students

9:45 am

  • Leave 2nd hour, go down to the basement to teach about political parties to my Government students

11:00 am

  • Check on and finalize the team’s transportation plan with my Athletic Director

11:15 am

  • Get a quick workout in while I have the chance

12:00 pm

  • Run through the travel checklist to insure that we have all our game gear (scorebook, camera, tripod, play board, dry-erase markers, etc.)
  • Hang up the jerseys, shooting shirts, and shorts in the players lockers

12:15 pm

  • Take 10 minutes to meditate…that’s right, meditate.

12:30 pm

  • Heat up my lunch and eat while I watch film
  • Realize that the game I intended to scout that night at 7:00 pm was about to start in a few minutes (1 pm)…frustrated

1:00 pm

  • Head to class to teach my 2nd Government class

1:50 pm

  • Cut Government class short by 5 minutes so I can meet with the players before our walk-through

1:55 pm

  • Meet with the team in the office to review the scouting report

2:00 pm

  • Head to the gym for a quick walk-through

2:15 pm

  • We all load up on the bus and head to our tournament game

3:10 pm

  • We walk in the gym to find that the tournament is running ahead of schedule by 20 minutes
  • Players rush to get ready

3:30 pm

  • Our kids hit the floor for their warmup

3:50 pm

  • Our 4 pm game tips off

5:10 pm

  • Head to the locker room for our post-game talk with the team
  • One of our players parents tells us that their daughter needed to leave ASAP because of a family emergency
  • Talk to the team quickly about their performance and the schedule for the next day

5:20 pm

  • Visit the hospitality room for dinner with my family
  • Figure out our transportation plan back to school for one of our coaches and any players that need to return

5:45 pm

  • Put my dad hat on and head back home with my family
  • Text a few coaches to get a scouting report on our next opponent in the championship game

6:40 pm

  • Drop off my daughter at home and head back to school

7:00 pm

  • Arrive at school, deliver my son to his basketball practice, and head to my office to download game film to

8:00 pm

  • Frustrated with the download process, I head home knowing I’ve got to unplug before I can go to sleep

8:30 pm

  • Pull up last years’ game film on my laptop to scout tomorrow’s opponent

9:30 pm

  • Unable to focus, I give up and get ready for bed

10:00 pm

  • Fall asleep

Why Would I Post This?

This post is not meant to impress anyone, primarily because the vast majority of head coaches are already thoroughly familiar with this kind of schedule. I wanted to detail what coaches routinely go through during a day, and in this case, a game day so that those who don’t know can have a glimpse of our responsibilities.

Please don’t miss the fact that a coach is constantly making adjustments, altering plans, and running from one obligation to the next. It’s an exciting job, but it doesn’t begin with the opening tip, kickoff, or first pitch. It begins when no one is watching…when no one cares. The coach’s job is to set the table for their team’s success. This is a vast responsibility which garners little recognition. But that’s not why we do it. We do it because we love to be a part of something significant, to be a part of a team, to be a part of the game.

If you’re a head coach, and you’d like to share a story, your schedule, or maybe a struggle with the Step1 community, please contact me at We’d love to hear from you!

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