Posted by: T-mack
So kid decided to play competitive basketball under a coach whom has a reputation of being tough. Tough coach yells at kid for not trying and laughing at a loss. Kid goes crying to mom and dad. Coach then gets fired.
Why did kid play basketball if he didn't want to try? If he was a terrible coach and 'times are changing' then why did Pitt accept his volunteering knowing full well the kind of coach he is?Using the physical abuse card is a little extreme in this situation, especially since students in those days were forced into going to school. Basketball is completely elective.
If they didn't like it, they could have gone to Ridge instead. Doc didn't yell anywhere near the way Goulet does. (Is he still Coaching?)
For those that question his results, just look at a few of the other schools in the area. I don't believe there is any inherent difference between the student athletes at Pitt Meadows, Terry Fox, or Riverside when they are 12 years old. Yet Goulet & Chambers consistently produced better results than whoever the hell is coaching at Riverside. Goulet & Chambers have a relatively similar "old school" coaching style. They scream. They yell. They tell you that you're playing like a fucking pussy at 120 dB in a crowded gym in the middle of a tournament. They throw chairs at your head, smash clipboards on your knee during time outs. They make you run until you puke at 7AM Saturday morning after an embarrassing Friday night loss. As a result of these coaching styles, they consistently produced some of the toughest teams in the province for the last several decades.
As for "managers that scream and yell aren't accepted anymore either" - fuck that. The most effective GM I've worked for would yell and chew your ass so hard that you couldn't sit down for a week. I was once asked in front of every manager in the company, "Why the fuck do we even employ an engineer?", and at the time I didn't have an answer. That mine ran smoother, at lower costs, and with less major screw ups than any other operation I've been at since. Have worked at two mines and under 3 GM's since, I feel pretty confident in saying that he was the reason things worked so well back in MT.
Leaders who expect excellence and accept nothing else get those results. There are times where you have to pat people on the ass and tell them they're doing a good job (the first part isn't meant literally), but there are also times that people need to be told that they're fucking up. Those conversations shouldn't be pleasant. You should walk away feeling worse than when you walked in. Otherwise, you won't remember the lesson you're supposed to learn.
One day, after that same GM chewed out about half the room in a planning meeting, he came to my office shortly afterwards and asked me why you lunge a horse. I didn't have a damn clue, but after they way that meeting had just gone I guessed it was to punish them for screwing up. "No. You lunge them when they make small mistakes so that they learn from them and never make major mistakes"