We've seen a lot of players go from the ice/court/field to being on the sidelines.
Avery Johnson played point guard for the San Antonio Spurs when they won their first NBA championship and he ended his career with the Dallas on October 28, 2004. But he ended his career as a player so he can coach full time.
In his first year, the Mavs went to the playoffs and beat the Houston Rockets in the first round. Unfortunately the Mavs got beat in the second round by Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. But the next season Johnson was awarded the coach of the year award and led the Mavericks to their first ever NBA finals.
Mike Singletary is the current coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He is known as an excellent motivator and a coach who likes to pound the heck out of his opponents with a power running game and is a defensive genius.
Before his coaching career, he was one of the greatest linebackers ever. 10-time pro bowler, eight-time first-team, all-pro selection, two-time AP defensive player of the year, and a Super Bowl champion.
There are a bunch of players who have turned coaches, and that trend is destined to continue. Let's take a look at 10 current athletes who could become coaches.
He knows how to win games. He is a tough and very knowledgeable basketball player.
In his prime he was one of the best defensive point guards in the league. So if he goes into coaching he will have the defensive knowledge to give to a team which is very important because as we all know defense wins championships.
Luke Walton isn't even close to an All-Star player or a big-time contributor. But you don't have to be the greatest player of all time to be a really good coach.
Walton's intelligence and the fact that as a player he's had Phil Jackson as a coach can help him become a really good coach in the NBA.
A great player in his own right and just like everybody else on this list he is a very smart player. He is known as "a brilliant defensive catcher."
Brad Ausmus I think can be a very good manager with his knowledge & understanding of the game of baseball.
Very smart decision maker and very accurate quarterback. I see Kyle Orton as possibly a QB coach/offensive coordinator.
His knowledge of the game will help whoever he coaches on offense and maybe somewhere down the road he might progress in knowledge of defenses enough to maybe become a head coach.
I know some are you are probably sitting in your chair and saying..."what?" But despite Terrell Owens throwing his quarterbacks under the bus, it shouldn't discount that he is one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. Terrell Owens is a hard worker and has a high football IQ.
Terrell Owens is a guy that will push you to the very limit in practice. He cares about football with a passion and if you think about it, it's not as bad if a coach throws his players under the bus. As a matter of fact, its usually a good thing.
By far, the best linebacker in the NFL. Very smart player (like all the other athletes on this list). Also he is a team player and if you are a coach you must realize that it's not about one individual, but it's about the 53 players on your roster.
Even Patrick's college coach Ed Orgeron would agree. "Patrick leads by example. He is not a big talker. He just gets in there and does his job every day and makes everybody around him better."
Patrick Willis can be an excellent coach in the National Football League. Right now he is learning under one of the greatest linebackers ever Mike Singletary which will help him along the way not only in his playing career but maybe even his coaching career.
Brian Dawkins is a very smart player (like most of the guys on this list), a very good player, a tough it out kind of player, a great leader on the field, and he loves the game of football.
In my mind, he could be a very good defensive coordinator. I don't know about him as an offensive mind, but to me if there was any current player in the NFL that I want coaching my defense it would be Dawkins.
A lot of you (with the exception of Raptor fans) probably don't know who Jose Calderon is. Calderon is one of the most pure point guards in the NBA and one of the best free throw shooters in NBA history.
I don't know if he can be a head coach in the NBA, but I think he can be a assistant coach or even be a head coach in the Euroleague. When you are a coach you must be able to teach your players and Jose Calderon is a guy who can pass a lot of knowledge off to young players.
One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Peyton Manning is an excellent motivator on the field and—no disrespect to Jim Caldwell—but Peyton Manning is pretty much the head coach of the Colts on and off the field.
I believe that after Manning retires that he could be groomed into a head coach right away and can become a great coach sooner than later. He knows the game probably more than anybody and what a great coach needs is a high football IQ and Manning certainly has it.
You would usually refer to a point guard as a "coach on the floor" and that is exactly what Steve Nash is.
Very few players have Steve Nash's IQ and Nash has also been coached by some of the best leaders in the NBA: Don Nelson, Mike D'Antoni and current coach Alvin Gentry.
Nash is also tough, and you need a tough coach on the sidelines if you want to win championships.
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