Although many alumni and loyal fans follow Bellarmine athletics closely, the cornerstone of our athletic community is the triangular relationship that exists between coaches, athletes and parent(s). The dynamic that exists in this relationship in many ways mirrors the dynamics that exists between teacher, student and parent(s).
Like the teacher, the coach's primary function is to instruct his/her athletes in the fundamental skills, strategy and physical training necessary for them to realize a high degree of individual and team success. At the same time, the coach, through actual instruction and role modeling, communicates the importance of self-sacrifice, integrity, commitment, respect, and good sportsmanship, and actively promotes the philosophy of Bellarmine athletes.
The process of learning in athletics demands the same dedication and attention to detail and positive work ethics on the part of the individual athlete as classroom work does on the individual student. The athletes must also dedicate themselves to promoting the values outlined in the athletic philosophy and integrating these values into their everyday lives.
The primary role of the parent(s) is to not only support the athlete in the formational process that takes place in athletics, but also support the coach in his/her attempts to promote the philosophy of Bellarmine athletics. Like the coach, the parent(s) must commit to educating their children by modeling both the ideals of good sportsmanship and the need to move beyond self-interest and become men and women for others.