2017-12-07 / Sports


Bob Brandstrom Bob Brandstrom Coach’s Corner asks coaches from various area teams to present their perspectives on the rewards, the challenges, their goals, and the benefits of team sports for studentathletes. This week, we feature Bob Brandstrom, head coach of the St. Ignace varsity boys’ basketball team.

How many years have you been a coach, and what is your coaching background?

This is my second year as varsity coach. I’ve coached two years at the junior varsity level and 10 years and the junior high level.

What got you into coaching?

My dad was a coach and athletic director, so I was either in the gym, on the football field, baseball diamond, or in the backyard, playing whatever the sport of the day was.

Who are some of your coaching influences?

My father was the biggest influence. He taught me not to get too worked up or excited about things, and to try to remain calm and in control. He also taught me to respect the team, officials, and the fans. It took me a long time to understand that, but today I agree with that philosophy 100%.

What is your coaching philosophy/ goals?

I am very competitive, but also like to have as much fun as possible at the same time. If the kids are having fun and competing, they are likely getting the most out of the game.

What are some of the more rewarding aspects of coaching?

The most rewarding is definitely the time spent with the kids. I really do enjoy being part of the team while trying to teach them life skills that will stick with them forever.

What are some of the more difficult aspects of being a coach?

All the behind-the-scenes things that need to get done – things like the concession stand, ordering of equipment, scheduling, all the things that matter but don’t really show on game night.

What advice would you give to newer coaches or those wanting to coach?

Listen to what the kids are saying. You can learn a lot about how they will respond by figuring out what it is that makes them tick. You are ultimately in charge of the team, but you are also a member of the team, so take input and use it if it helps the cause.

What are the benefits of team sports outside of athletic achievements?

Everyone knows that life isn’t fair. Being part of a team can sure make the tough times more bearable. Teammates usually stick with you for a lifetime. You may not see them all the time, but when the time comes that you need someone, a good teammate is likely to be there.

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