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Update : January 15, 2022

  • 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.
  • A therapist focuses on the past.
    A coach focuses on the future.
  • A consultant helps to solve a problem (of a company or a client).
    A coach provides suggestions and frameworks (that can be used by the client, who is accountable for solving the problem).
  • A mentor may advise, counsel and coach.
    A coach focuses on coaching (and may not advise or counsel).
  • A trainer sets objectives for the trainee.
    A coach does not set objectives for the client/individual. The client/individual sets objectives for himself/herself.
  • An athletic developer directs behavior of individuals and teams based on the developer’s experience and knowledge.
    A coach focuses on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.
Saya Mao Toon Siong, National Table Tennis Coach

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