As the football season winds down, its time to thing about a thoughtful gift for the coaches and perhaps a special award for boosters or those parents who were always around with the orange slices.
These images featuring my father’s old leather football from the 1950s and quotes from Vince Lombardi are popular as gifts for coaches and other special people related to the team and the season including the referees.
The original sense of the word “coach” is that of a horse-drawn carriage, deriving ultimately from the Hungarian city of Kocs where such vehicles were first made. Students at the University of Oxford in the early nineteenth-century used the slang word to refer to a private tutor who would drive a less able student through his examinations just like horse driving.
Britain took the lead in upgrading the status of sports in the 19th century. For sports to become professionalized, “coacher” had to become established. It gradually professionalized in the Victorian era and the role was well established by 1914. In the First World War, military units sought out the coaches to supervise physical conditioning and develop morale-building teams.