I recently had an interesting conversation with a big sports fan. I was sitting at The Broken Egg in Lakewood Ranch and he asked me a simple question.
"Who are the best coaches in pro sports today, Dickie V?"
I smiled and immediately rattled off a few names. Then I thought for another moment or two and decided on a couple of others.
The bottom line is, I opted for six coaches in the different sports. Here is my list and why:
John Tortorella, New York Rangers
He won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning and has the Rangers in the hunt this season.
Why do I like these six? Let's start with communication, motivation, getting the most from their talent, evaluating strengths and weaknesses of their athletes and the ability to mold them into a cohesive unit. That is what coaching is all about. It is not always easy to reach the modern-day athlete, but all six of these gentlemen understand what it takes to win and do it on a consistent basis.
If you think about it, this is a pretty impressive list. I am a sports fan and I admire what these six have done over the years. How about a salute for my super six pro coaches.