THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME
EDITOR'S NOTE: Barry Courter has a 23-year-old son who graduated from college last year and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.
Q: Dad, what did you learn from coaching youth sports?
A: Lots, but the three biggest things are that it really is supposed to be fun; if the young athlete isn't motivated to practice on his own, a pro career is not likely in his future; and the car ride home can ruin a lot of athletes. That's when mom or dad generally undo anything the coach just taught and attitudes are created.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...