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Coaches make mistakes. It's true, it happens, just try to make as few as possible! Coaching track and field from experience gives you credibility when dealing with your athletes, especially the more talented ones.
However, in order to really become the best and most trust coach, which will in turn help your athletes excel, you need to be a student of your track and field sport, not necessarily the best at it. Learn to be a student of your athletes mentally, physically, and verbally. When you make them the center of your training and racing plans, and not the results, the improvement will take care of itself.