The leaves are starting to turn, the air is crisp, and it is obvious Fall has arrived. Fall sports are also in full swing, and with National Coaches Day right around the corner – it’s this Thursday, October 6 – now is the perfect time to think of those coaches who impacted your life in a positive way. 

National Coaches Day is dedicated to honoring all the important men and women who have coached us throughout the years, or who are currently coaching athletes today.

On and off the field
Good coaches are such an asset to our communities. In the hustle of the season, we may forget to let our coaches know just how much we appreciate them and all they do for us.

Good coaches teach us new skills and help advance our development in the sport we’re playing. They give of their time and talents to share their knowledge, and lead us to a better, stronger version of ourselves. They push us to be better, inspire us to work harder, and demand we always give our best. Throughout the course of a season, coaches help us grow in strength and confidence. Not only do they cheer us on from the sidelines, but they encourage us to be brave and try new things. Coaches believe in us. Sometimes, they believe in us more than we believe in ourselves. 

 Coaches compel us to keep going when things are tough, push us out of our comfort zone to try new things, and cheer us on when we accomplish our goals. 

Good coaches teach us valuable skills like leadership, teamwork, perseverance, determination, dedication, loyalty. They help us understand why it’s important to show up and put in the work. Coaches show us the thrill of victory, and how to weather the disappointment of defeat. 

Many of us can probably think of a coach or two who shared wise words of wisdom that we still remember to this day. For some of us, a coach may have seen something in us that we couldn’t see in ourselves, helping us tap a hidden potential that unleashed a great talent. 

For others, a good coach may have filled a void and been the example we needed in our life at that exact moment, offering a safe place to land on a bad day or during a difficult time. Coaches become trusted mentors and friends.

Thanks, Coach
Perhaps we don’t stop to think about the time, the energy and the planning that goes into coaching a team for a season. Even if it’s a soccer coach for preschoolers, there’s a level of commitment that goes into coaching. 

What better way to honor coaches than by thanking them on this special day? A simple thank you note, a thoughtful text message or a treat from Ashley’s would go a long way. On the way to a soccer game this weekend, pick up a pack of donuts as a thank you. Pick up a dozen of Ashley’s decorated football sugar cookies to share with the football coach. 

Not sure what your coach likes? Get some Bakery Bucks! We offer these gift certificates year-round, and you can easily tuck them into a thank you note. That way, the coach can pick his or her own special treat.