Good Coach


What’s the definition of a good coach?  David Belisle is the definition of a good coach. Just listen to this speech, which has gone viral. Coach Belisle says the talk was spontaneous and from the heart and it sure looks that way. You can see it in the faces of the kids too. You can’t fool kids. They’re too smart for fakes. They love this coach and he loves them.

Players on Belisle’s Little League team from Cumberland Rhode Island were in tears after Monday’s loss to Chicago’s team, when the coach told them they should be proud. He told his kids they were one of the best teams in the world and that they had the whole state of Rhode Island on their feet jumping up and down with excitement, as well as all of ESPN!

I looked up the definition of a good coach and every definition had the same word in it: integrity. The definition of integrity is: a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. Integrity is something we notice because it is such a contagious and attractive characteristic and quality that when we see it we want more of it. The word integrity comes from the same Latin root as integer and implies a wholeness of person. Pretty cool, right?  A wholeness of person. A whole person is someone who is not divided. A person of integrity is a person who lives consistently and rightly, not being a different person in different circumstances. A person of integrity is the same person in private that he or she is in public. Man, do we ever need more folks like Coach Belisle!

Thank you, Coach!

Peace friends,


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  • Susan Clubb says:

    I think every coach needs to tell his team BEFORE the championship game begins that they are ALL winners. Just getting that far is amazing! I thought this coach epitomized a loving father figure. Good Job!!

  • terry says:

    LOVE the boys of SUMMER and their coach … xo
    good stuff
    little league is the best ..

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