Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – Ethics Front and Center in Player Recruiting and Development

Ethics is, at a gut level, understanding and valuing the importance of people. Ethics requires acting at a higher standard than the baseline of what is legal and what is not. Ethics is about keeping promises, being honest and respecting others. Ethics means managing relationships successfully when wearing the hat of coach. That is, relationships with players, fellow coaches, the administration, support staff, fan base-student body and community, parents, opposing teams, conference staff and vendors. Yes, a coach’s role and responsibility is different in each of these relationships. However, choosing to be ethical should always govern the interaction and decisions made. Not necessarily the easiest thing to do day in and day out. But being an excellent coach is not supposed to be easy. This show focuses specifically on the use of an ethical framework in recruiting and developing players. Learn how guest, Pat Bailey, Oregon State assistant coach and 2012 recipient of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Ethics in Coaching award, tackles it. Pat is in his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Oregon State baseball team. In 2011, he helped guide the Beavers to their third consecutive postseason appearance and the sixth in seven years. Prior to Oregon State, he spent 12 seasons at George Fox, winning a Division III national title with the Bruins in 2004. Pat earned his business education degree from the University of Idaho in 1978 and his master of education degree in educational administration from Oregon in 1983. Bailey earned two letters in baseball at Idaho and was the team captain.