Because they did not just love them enough to encourage them. They cared enough to tell them the truth when they were messing up so they could improve. As a result, the students came away from the situation better people than they entered it. They are not the same kid with reasonable talent that they were when they went into the relationship. Now they are athletes with developed talent and skills they would not have without careful correction and guidance.
So, in their later years they appreciate the coach’s work and ...
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