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Forum topic by VCF posted 02-10-2014 04:58 PM 1033 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2014 04:58 PM

I know most woodworkers have day jobs or other hobbies. I’ve read through many of the forums that have addressed the “What do you do” question. The focus of this forum is to find others that share my first passion, Coaching. I’ve played sports and have had mild success but I really get excited about coaching others. I not saying to be a good woodworker you need to be a good coach (or vice versa). But, I think it is a pretty cool combination.

We all love to share our woodworking projects and share our stories on how we did it. I posted this forum to give my fellow passionate woodworker/coaches out there a chance to share their cool story.
I’ll start; I’m not a woodworker or coach for a living. I volunteered some time coaching football at my local high school after leaving ISU where I played offensive line. One of my most enjoyable coaching experiences came this past fall coaching my 3rd grade daughter and her friends in volleyball. First time any of them ever played before. In fact it was the first time I have ever attempted coaching it before. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself so I studied the game for weeks. Just like I do in woodworking, I asked people who knew more than me. Long story short the first practice went like you would imagine. We did a lot of introductions, and laying out the game plan for the season. Fast forward six weeks and we ended up coming in 2nd place. All the girls had a blast and learned so much. The amount of improvement was amazing. We are now all excited about the upcoming spring season.

I always feel like I go through similar steps during my woodworking projects. Study, learn, game plan, execute that plan, and finish. I’m always happy to work on each project or season but, I do have to say it was extra special having 12 happy smiles looking back at me. If I could only teach wood how to smile.
Please take a moment to share your story. I and others with the same passion would love to read it. How many of you are coaches? For a living or volunteer.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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#1 posted 05-08-2014 02:12 AM

My son has just played his first season of hockey. Coaches are important to a good season.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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