Updated : June 16, 2019
A coach is a vehicle to “carry” someone to a destination.
The first use of coach described a teacher who “carried” a student over a tough examination.
Later use of coach was in Athletic Development (e.g. coaching an individual or a team in a sports).
There are Professional Coaches, Certified Coaches and Club Coaches.
Coaching has differences with other professions:
Therapy : A therapist focused on the past.
Coaching : A coach focuses on the future.
Consulting : A consultant helps to solve a problem (of a company or a client).
Coaching : A coach provides suggestions and frameworks (that can be used by the client, who is accountable for solving the problem).
Mentoring : A mentor may advise, counsel and coach.
Coaching : A coach focuses on coaching (and may not advise or counsel).
Training : A trainer sets objectives for the trainee.
Coaching : A coach does not set objectives for the client/individual. The client/individual sets objectives for himself/herself.
Athletic Development : An athletic developer directs behavior of individuals and teams based on the developer’s experience and knowledge.
Coaching : A coach focuses on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.