Putting together a staff may be the most important part of any head coach’s job, and I have always enjoyed it. I am often asked what I look for when hiring coaches. The first thing I look at is a person’s competitiveness and work ethic. I also like to hire young and promote from within. There have been exceptions along the way, of course, but for the most part I would rather get someone who is open-minded and full of competitive fire, even if it comes at the expense of a certain amount of experience.
The other critical factor we look for when hiring new coaches is their willingness and ability to grow. Leadership development is critical in any organization.
If a leader is clear and consistent about his philosophy’s core values, it frees everyone up to do their best.
Most coaches think that leadership comes from the players, but I don’t see it that way. The leadership that I count on most comes from our coaches.
From "Win Forever" by Pete Carroll