National Coaches Day is celebrated in the USA on October 6th and honors the work of all coaches and mentors. The purpose of the holiday is not only to appreciate and recognize the work of coaches on this special day, but to remember their contribution every day.
National Coaches Day was established in 1972 and was signed into proclamation by Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. He recognized the important role coaches play in any field, not only sporting, but also intellectual, like chess. Coaches are more than just teachers and professionals in their field, they are also good friends who help instill important qualities in their students. A great example of this is Herb Brooks, an American hockey player and coach, who gained wide popularity after leading the US hockey team to victory over the Soviet team at the 1980 Winter Olympics – an event now remembered as the “Miracle on Ice”.
- Vicente del Bosque, after being fired from Real Madrid, could not go out onto the balcony of his home as it offered a view of the club’s training camp.
- In 2005, Jose Mourinho was disqualified from managing the Chelsea team on the field, so he found an extraordinary solution – he climbed into a laundry basket and entered the locker room.
- Spanish coach Juande Ramos was fired from three different teams on October 26th in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
How to take part
If you have a mentor or coach, now is the time to show your appreciation for their work. Buy them a memorable gift and share how their guidance has affected your life. You can also talk to your children about the importance of coaches and mentors in life and encourage them to pursue the profession.
When is National Coaches Day in 2023?
National Coaches Day is observed on October 6 each year.