Angela Wallbank

Auckland New Zealand.

I'm not afraid of a challenge and I'm grabbing life and taking it for a run. I don't need to be at the end of the road to have a bucket list. I'm going to live while i'm alive.

On Coaching. I believe that a player should be provided the opportunity to make decisions, both good and bad. Demanding specific actions from players at specific times or situations would be easy and with fewer errors. But playing in that manner would remove the opportunity for athletes to be creative and independent decision makers. Through my coaching, I try to provide players with situational recommendations, but insist that they make decisions. I see it as my job as a coach to analyze individual results and provide feedback that supports the growth of players. By creating situations as a coach in trainings where players make decisions, it assists them in learning from their past experiences therefore promoting an environment where they might make the best decisions offered to them during games. I believe that in life one is being held accountable for the actions and decisions one makes - to reap the accolades or accept the criticisms helps with continued growth.

As part of my coaching philosophy I strongly believe you should deserve to win. In games against opponents who equal or better you, where we are victorious it should be because we trained harder, longer, endured more hardship, took more risks and played better football than they did. And, should we lose, we lose knowing that there was nothing else we could have done on that day. The time and effort required to achieve such mental strength is immense. I will demand such time and effort from players. But, know that it is players who provide the motivation to make the journey. As a coach, I only help with directions. I see competition to be the basis upon which the team's mental and physical training is based. I want players to train in an environment that is demanding, and in an environment that replicates the game.

Games are competitive; therefore practice must be as well. I ask athletes to learn to solve problems in training situations so that their team can win. Players must always remember that practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. My coaching philosophy looks at a team as a collection of individuals, but I recognize for a team to be successful it must be much more than that. A successful team is a group of individuals driven by a common direction.

  • Work
    • Sports
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Sport Coaching