The Power of a Positive Coach: Little League® Exclusive Interview with the Celtics’ Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens has a Little League® story. His best friend had just moved out of town, and he was pitching in a game that night at Zionsville Little League in Indiana. He got into a jam, and his dad, who was coaching him at the time, went out to the mound. He didn’t tell Brad what pitch to throw next, or remind him of the pressure of the situation; he asked him if he fed the dog that day.
Brad Stevens, now the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics, has been in a lot of high-pressure situations throughout his coaching career both in Boston and during his successful years at Butler University, but that moment has stuck with him his entire life. And, as a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) National Advisory Board Member, he has used that simple story to show the importance of developing a culture of positive, character-building competition within sports.
Little League and PCA have teamed up to create a free, online quick-course to provide a framework to be a powerful sports parent from the stands, and become a “Second-Goal” parent – one who focuses on the “second goal” of helping children take life lessons from sports.
Now himself a baseball dad, Mr. Stevens spoke with The Parent Connection about his favorite Little League memories, the importance of youth sports, and how critical it is to encourage Little Leaguers® to have fun.