To Coach or Be Coached

Coach me and I will learn.  Challenge me and I will grow.  Believe in me and I will win.

To Coach or Be Coached that is the question. 

When we come out of the womb we are given two very special coaches. I was blessed to have a mother and father that taught me the following lessons to set myself up for success and be coachable, but also to give me the background skills to be a coach.

  1. Set achievable goals – whether it is shooting free throws in the back yard or practicing piano for a recital or running a 5k – goals are important and when your reach one you can set another one to push yourself to the next level. 
  2. Practice every day possible and get in a routine – the routine is important for motivation and consistency. 
  3. Be a good teammate and be kind – people will pass you the ball and want to play on your team when you are kind and appreciate the talents that they bring to the court. When someone is sad or down on themselves, being kind to them and cheering them up is appreciated and goes a long way for friendships and teammates.
  4. You are not always going to be the star – appreciate your strengths and build on your weakness. You always have things to learn from others and second place or second from the last is commendable. You were strong enough to show up, toe the line and play the game. 
  5. If you fail, or if you get hurt or injured give yourself the time to heal, rest and rebuild. Stay positive and when you build your strength up you have the potential to be stronger than ever. 

Athletics:  I love coaching and have experience in various sports includes basketball, inline skating, skiing (alpine, telemark and cross country), lacrosse, water skiing, kayaking, golf, rowing, running, field hockey, softball and ping pong!  

I coached basketball at various camps when in college and in 1990-93 I was the Head Girl’s varsity basketball and junior varsity lacrosse for 3 years at Woodstock High School in Vermont.

Training:  3 years as Director of Health & Safety Services with the American Red Cross, 25 years as a professional ski instructor and currently certified Professional Ski Instructors of America PSIA Level 3. As a National Director for the American Cancer Society, I trained staff and volunteers across the country for 20 plus years to raise funding in the fight against cancer at Relay For Life as well as other fundraising events.

There are so many things I have learned through my coaching and training that help me to be the best coach that I can be for others.

I love to coach. I love to see others grow in sport, set goals and achieve them. I love to motivate and find a plan that fits each athlete, meeting them where they are in their life. Through trust and confidence building I am able to coach others to master their success in the area they choose. 

To coach or be coached? I would like to close that it is important as a coach that you are coachable and accepting of coaching. It helps to be able to understand those you are coaching and in the end be a better coach. 

Coach me and I will learn. 

Challenge me and I will grow. 

Believe in me and I will win.


Please connect with me if you are looking for a coach, some to help you or your children be accountable to the goals that you set! 

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About Nancy

Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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