Interested In Coaching?
Click here to find the staff member who can assist you in becoming a coach for Kids, Incorporated.
Become A Coach To Be Remembered
What constitutes a GREAT youth coach? For me, I think back to my youth and the time I spent participating in youth sports in Dumas, Texas. Immediately, Cecil Venhaus comes to my mind. I played baseball for the first time when I was in first grade. Cecil Venhaus was my coach. I know there were others as well, but Cecil was the head coach. All I know is I couldn't wait for practice and games. Cecil made it FUN!
As we grew up, Cecil continued to coach our baseball, football and basketball teams until we went to junior high. When we would come home from college to work during the summers, we played a little adult league softball. It was not unusual to look up in the stands and see Cecil sitting there watching us play. Suffice it to say, Cecil Venhaus made my youth sporting experience FUN!
In October 2010, my oldest daughter was playing in a varsity volleyball match, ironically against Dumas. Cecil came over to our side and sat with me during the match. We had a great visit. I will always remember and cherish that visit. Cecil passed away two months later at the age of 75. He made a deep impact on me... personally and professionally.
I have been at Kids, Incorporated since 1995. I have shared my story of Cecil Venhaus with countless coaches and volunteers. The moral of this story is so much bigger than wins and losses on the playing field or on the court. My relationship with Cecil lasted a lifetime!
That's what YOU have the opportunity to do for children in our community. YOU have the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impression on a child or group of children by volunteering your time to coach a team through Kids, Incorporated. There are only three things I ask of a volunteer coach:
- Make sure every child gets to play. Parents all pay the same fee for their child to participate. If you are truly doing what's best for kids, this is an easy one!
- Make practice and games a FUN experience for each child. There is no reason for a parent to enroll their child in our program if the expectation for a FUN experience isn't there.
- Lastly, teach each child the basics of the sport. Keep it simple. Children's attention spans are very short. Just teach the basic concepts of the sport in session and give each child a chance to feel success.
If you can do these three things, WE NEED YOU! If you are interested in coaching for Kids, Incorporated, click here to be directed to our schools and teams page. Click your school and it will take you to a staff member who can assist you.
Thank you in advance for your interest in children and for volunteering your time with Kids, Incorporated. Call us anytime at 806-376-5936!
Jimmy R. Lackey
President & CEO