Conduct and Accountability Starts with the Coach

Recently Sean Woods, the men's basketball coach at Morehead State University, was suspended one game for verbally and physically abusing his point guard for fouling out when the game's outcome against Kentucky was still in doubt. As a coach where do the lines start to blur between accountability and confrontation? Why do coaches feel they have to be abusive to get their coaching points across? Whether the coach was upset that he fouled out, or that he was out of position, playing the wrong defense or not in a correct defensive stance is irrelevant.

Coaches should be the role models. They must exhibit self-control and be the leader in the most positive sense. Not only did Woods push the player toward the bench while screaming at him, he continued his tirade when the player sat down.

How can a coach like Woods ask his players to be accountable when he acts so irresponsibly? After watching this nationally televised game, how many impressionable young coaches will imitate that behavior?

And regarding accountability, it took Woods two days to apologize. It should have been done immediately after the game. Instead he talked about himself and his coaching style. Just a one game suspension from his university? More examples of poor sportsmanship and leadership.