Chris Dahlander, who coaches baseball for Town North YMCA, has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by TeamSnap for his positive impact on youth athletes.
Dahlander is one of 50 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach award, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The award includes a $200 prize, a certificate, and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports.
“Chris helps his athletes win on and off the field,” said Danielle Moorman, Executive Director of PCA-North Texas, the local Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Chris helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”
Like many coaches, Dahlander entered coaching intent on offering youth a more positive sports experience than the one he had endured as a child. That lends to greater perspective on the different ways that sports cam impact youth. “I realize the kids on my team are not necessarily going to be the next hall-of-famers,” he said. “I just want to instill a love and appreciation of sports. The last thing I want to do is turn them off from competing or doing anything else they want to do.”
Dahlander’s approach demonstrates the role sports can play in the development of youth, Moorman said. “Our Chapter’s employees, board and supporters are thrilled that Coach Dahlander is getting national recognition for his work. Having an award-winning Double-Goal Coach in the community provides an example for other coaches to emulate, so thousands more youth and high school athletes in our area can benefit from a positive, character-building sports experience.”