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National Finalists

Congratulations to Coach Melonie (Mel) Barrow
who was recognized as a National Finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance's 2019 Double-Goal Coach® Award! PCA annually gives the award to youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach®, striving to win, while also pursuing the even more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. Finalists were selected from nearly 1,000 nominations representing 47 states.

A Double-Goal Coach behaves as follows:

  • Takes a mastery approach to sport rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching athletes to put forward maximum effort, continuously learn and improve, and not let themselves be stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.
  • Fills Emotional Tanks of athletes, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s “Emotional Tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go anywhere, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.
  • Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).

Below are two of the comments submitted with Coach Mel’s nomination:

“Coach Mel is a role model to many of our athletes. They learn to model her behavior through important lessons such as good sportsmanship, hard work and dedication.  She is an extraordinary motivational leader who has demonstrated the qualities of honesty, a positive attitude, effective communication, and commitment to the team vision. Coach Mel is a Helper by nature and her social work (by profession) in helping others overcome problems transcend into her teachings to our youth. She encourages and nurtures our athletes to generate motivation from within and for themselves. This is crucial is growing athletes to develop a lasting means for handling disappointment, frustration and failure within the sport and life.”

“Coach Mel is an outstanding track and field coach. Her experience in the sport as a youth and college athlete provides her real-life perspective in teaching, training and goalsetting for youth athletes. She is a Level 1 Certified Coach by the USA Track and Field organization. Her certification provided her classroom instruction as well as hands-on training on fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management, and instruction techniques for all events in the sport of track and field. Coach Mel uses her training and competition experience, coaching experience and expertise to support the development of training curricula for teams. In her efforts to support athletes in mastering their craft, Coach Mel identifies opportunities by examining the athlete’s performance in events, performance of competitors, target times/marks for Qualifier and Olympic meets, and assessing athletes’ mental and physical capacities.”