For the past couple of years I have had to privilege to work with a few extraordinary people within the realm of coaching. Each one of them has brought a unique skill set to the climbing team in which not only the kids, but my self has benefited from. I have learned many attributes that are not “teachable” from my fellow coaches. Their presence is a joy to be around and it is inspiring to observe their approach to coaching since it is vastly different from my own. When we asked Sam to work with the climbing team he was a bit skeptical and unsure since he did not have prior climbing coaching experience. However myself and my fellow coaches knew he would be a perfect fit for the kids based on his ability to see the positive in all situations. If you don’t know who Sam is, well then next time you are at boulders just look for the high energy, fun loving hairy guy that has more patience for kids than the mall Santa Claus.
Below you will read the account of coach Sam Carlson who works with all three levels of the climbing team.