[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Does anyone else see a major problem with any of this? I’m sure the Japanese or Italian national baseball teams wouldn’t want to have an American coaching their teams.[/quote]
fyi I’m pretty sure the coach of the Russian basketball team this year was American (in the Olympics).
Regardless, I don’t see the problem. In many sports, Americans simply don’t dominate because coaches lack the knowledge, methodology, technique, whatever it may be, that other foreign coaches have do to the sport being more popular in their country. Take Olympic weightlifting for example. The U.S. blows dick at it and finally USAW was smart enough and brought over Zygmunt Smalcerz, former head coach of the Polish weightlifting teams. That’s OK with me if it makes us better.[/quote]
The problem is that the national teams are supposed to be American athletes representing America, or Brazilian athletes representing Brazil or whatever. So when a foreign coach is representing the country as well it’s just out of place. You represent your country with people who are from it and who live in it for reasons other than because it’s where they coach.
Since a coach is essentially part of the team and it’s okay to have foreigners coaching the national team, why not have foreigners PLAYING on the national team? Like the guy before you said, you won’t get very far in soccer without foreign coaching. Well, for the men, it looks like they’ll never get very far no matter who the coach is without some foreign PLAYERS. If it’s simply about winning then why not start importing non-citizens to play on the national team? Because it isn’t about simply winning; it’s about winning with your own countrymen.
National teams are supposed to be about national pride. It’s supposed to be about what each country is capable of producing on the field in a given sport. By letting coaches from other countries coach, you’re essentially saying that there isn’t anything worthy of representation from your own country and that you cannot produce good coaches, only good athletes.
Why the fuck is the U.S. Olympic team incapable of thriving with an American coach? What is stopping the U.S. national team from using good old-fashioned American know-how and ingenuity to start producing good coaches as well?[/quote]
I don’t see a coach as essentially part of the team. In sports like hockey, football, and soccer, maybe. But in what I always thought of as the more traditional Olympic sports (basically anything that you do, not play; you play hockey, nobody plays wrestling or sprinting or throwing etc etc*) the coach is just a part of the support system for the athlete. If your sport coach needs to be homegrown, what about your strength coach? Your nutritionist? Your therapists/trainers? Does all your equipment need to be produced domestically? Do your training and competition strategies need to be produced domestically?
I can see the point you’re making and I can sympathize with it as someone who takes pride in his country and still dreams of competing for it one day. But at the end of the day, it’s the athletes themselves that have to go out and perform in order to win medals regardless of the support structure they’ve been given, and so that’s where the line has been drawn; the athletes need to be homegrown, but most everything else is fair game. Personally, I don’t have a problem with that.
*This really isn’t the best way to describe the distinction I was going for but I like it so I’m keeping it.