Coaches vs. Equipment Managers, Know the Difference

Ken Hackathorn, a Madden-level Head Coach for the Gun Culture.
Ken Hackathorn, a Madden-level Head Coach for the Gun Culture.

Student of the GunBiloxi, Mississippi (Ammoland) It was Sunday morning, game day. At 8:30 a.m. the Dallas Cowboys head coach woke in a cold sweat with a terrible pain in his lower abdomen. He called the team physician who quickly diagnosed the problem as acute appendicitis. Off to the hospital they went for emergency surgery.

Upon receiving the news the Cowboys owner knew that the game still had to be played. Hundreds of thousands of people nationwide were expecting to see the Cowboys take the field at 1 p.m. and they would not be disappointed. Without hesitation the owner picked up his phone and placed a call. “Bobby, the coach is down and in the hospital. I need you to step in and fill his shoes today.” Puzzled, the equipment manager hung up the phone and wondered what he should do next.

“Nice try buddy” you are saying right now. “No team is going to put the equipment manager in charge, replacing the coach.” Okay, I have a question for you. Why do you hate equipment managers? Do they not serve an important role in the overall success of the team?

When discussing sports, whatever the sport may be, there is going to be physical equipment that needs to be accounted for, issued out, and maintained. The players need balls, bats, sticks, pads, cleats, etc. in order to play the game and achieve their ultimate goal: victory. A good equipment manager knows everything there is to know about the gear required to play the game. They understand the specifications, designs, and rules regarding their sport’s official gear. These folks can quote you the official weight and length of an Major League Baseball approved bat or the weight and pressure requirements for a National Football League ball.

Gun Culture Equipment Managers

So, knowing everything there is to know about about the gear required for said sport, is it not reasonable that the equipment manager could step in and fill the shoes of the head coach? I know what you are thinking, “Paul, understanding the specs of the gear does not mean that you can coach or teach people how to use that gear, especially in a real game where they are keeping score.” Coaching is not about gear, it is about learning skill, maintaining skill, and executing that skill on demand.

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