Blake Maciel on Why He Coaches


After completing my enlistment in the United States Army in 2013, which included a deployment to Afghanistan, I looked for ways to get involved in my community and create meaningful connections. I began coaching with a middle school basketball league in Baltimore City at Living Classrooms, and that experience taught me the true meaning of being a coach. Great coaching comes down to connection, mentorship, and development, none of which is captured if you only concentrate on the x’s and o’s of the game.

I love coaching because it has taught me how to be a positive mentor to kids and shows young people that you can be a strong, empathetic adult. Forming bonds with young people and supporting them on and off the court is something I take great pride in.

Coaching Corps helped me view practice through a youth development lens and provided me with tools to help frame my language with my kids. Coaching and fatherhood are the two things that have required me to be a better man. And I’m grateful for both experiences.

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I’m proud to be a coach, mentor, and staff member with Coaching Corps. It is an honor to share why coaching is so important during Coaching Corps’ National Coaches Day Celebration. Join us and sign up to coach. You can also make a positive impact on the life of a child.


In Play,

Blake Maciel

Coaching Corps, Regional Program Manager

PS: I’m passing the ball to Coaching Corps coaches Josh Jones and Shawn Granberry to share a message about paying it forward.

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