The usual suspects : Critical consideration of the fast tracking of ex-elite athletes into high profile coaching roles
Firstly, why might such fast-tracking be contemplated? It is a commonly held view that it is a natural and logical progression from being a high achieving athlete, to becoming a successful coach, or manager in a coaching related role. Unfortunately, this rests largely upon inaccurate assumptions, and is, if not a myth, an opinion sometimes held in mythical proportions. I have argued elsewhere that ex-elite athletes do not invariably make successful coaches (Turner, 2003). Some do. But surprisingly few considering the greater opportunities open to them, and the supposed advantages they are perceived to have for undertaking the job. Conversely, various individuals with humble athletic achievement backgrounds have flourished in the coaching role.