“Too often we want to improve our weaknesses, but it might be wiser to train our strong sides for 75% and our weak sides for 25%. Try it and you will notice that everybody is starting to feel better. That is the point where you start distinguishing yourself from other people.”
Marc Lammers is an example of a modern coach. He is the former head coach of the Dutch women’s national field hockey team. Earlier, at a relatively young age, he was the coach of the Spanish national team and a rather good hockey player himself. Marc played five international games with the national men’s team. As a coach he prepared “his ladies team” for more than 280 international games.
During his stay in Spain he has led the Spanish team from the 20th to the 4th place at the world ranking-list at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. His team won the silver medal at the 2002 World Championships after a breath-taking final that was lost after penalties. In 2003 the Dutch women’s national field hockey team won the European Championships in Barcelona. The team finished second at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, after it lost the finals in a very exciting game against Germany. A new team won the Champions Trophy and the European Championships in Dublin, 2005. A year later the Netherlands won the Champions Trophy again. At the Olympic Games in Beijng in 2008 his team won the golden medal by beating host country China in the finals.
Marc is well known for his innovative way of thinking. There was even a verb named after him: lammering. He uses a lot of technology in his modern style coaching (such as video glasses, analysis software, new hockey sticks, heartbeat meters and earphones).