Stories as personal coaching philosophy

David Carless*, Kitrina Douglas

*Corresponding author for this work

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The importance of coaches developing and articulating a personal coaching philosophy which encapsulates their values and beliefs is widely recognised. Yet it is also acknowledged that many coaches resist what appears an abstract task or find it to be of limited use in their day-to-day practice. In this paper we explore the potential of an alternative approach to developing and articulating a personal coaching philosophy: storytelling. Following a discussion of the potential of stories, we present a story written by one coach which expresses her personal philosophy in a way that is firmly rooted in her coaching practice. Storytelling approaches, we suggest, can reveal the connections between abstract/general philosophy and the personal embodied experience of coaching. We reflect on the possibilities and problems of using stories as philosophy and offer some suggestions for how coaches may be supported in developing their coaching philosophy through storytelling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • coaching philosopjy
  • golf
  • narrative
  • storytelling
  • values


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