NEW KIDDIES ON THE BLOCK...
When Players embrace a
new career by caring for others ...
A new column on SquashSite, with the spotlight directed on
retired players who have decided to coach squash. We all
know how important a true relationship between a player and
his coach is for the development of a true champion. Rahmat
Khan and Jahangir, Neil Harvey & Peter Nicol, Shawn Moxham &
David Palmer, Malcolm Willstrop and Lee Beachill/James
Willstrop, to name just a few...
And we have a few faces, like Lucas Buit. Lucas, I've
mainly seen him play in the European Teams Championship. He
was always the one players dreaded to play against, as his
ranking didn't reflect his talent, I remember...
Today, he is still in Amsterdam, and wears two hats. Both
National Coach and private coach, he works with a few names
like LJ Anjema, Natalie Grinham, Orla Noom, Bart Ravelli,
Sebastiaan Weenink, Gilly Lane.
Come and discover that "new kiddie" in the Magical World of
Where are you
"I am based in Amsterdam and coach nearly every day in the
Frans Otten Stadion."
Do you have
sentences you keep repeating to your players?
"I am sure I sometimes repeat sentences to players but what I
say depends on who I am coaching.
I try to coach with passion, not so much on auto pilot. I think you
will reach a player better that way."
Did you always fancy
coaching, or is it something that grew in you?
Coaching is definitely something I grew into, I have been
coaching a long time already, something like 20 years,
because financially I had to do it, especially in the
beginning of my career. I always liked doing it although I
had to make sure I didn't do too many hours because it would
have had a negative effect on my game.
motivates you to coach?
Since I stopped playing squash fulltime, I really went into
coaching and then I started to coach professional players.
What motivates me to coach is to see if I can help a player
to achieve his/her goals.
It is great to work with a player day in day out and see
improvement on whatever we are working on, and if that
happens I think I am on the right track to become a good
What do you expect to achieve as a coach?
As a national coach, I would like achieve that
Holland in the future is going to be a nation that has a
steady position in European/World championships.
As a private coach I hope that I can get the most out
of each player that is possible whatever position that may
lead to in the world rankings.
you try to make your players play like you, exactly NOT like
you, or a bit of both…?
I don't try to make my players like me, I think you have to
look at each player separately and look at their strong/weak
points and work on them.
I am learning that more and more as I go along. In the
beginning of my coaching career, I was still too much a
player instead of a coach. I do think that a few things that
made me as a player are essential for any player to become
very good: passion, discipline, 100% effort.
Little words about each
player you have under your wing?
strong, fit, power,
disciplined, intelligent, funny
fit, fast, creative, strong minded, smart, pregnant
talented, technically strong, touch, casual, nice
strong, fast, friendly, Monday mornings...
talented, creative, future, study, promising
keen, fast, strong, inquisitive, kind
Your life is
"Interesting, healthy, inspiration"
"Passion, chess, mental"