An elite sports star’s career at the highest level does not last very long. Most retire from competitive action by their mid-thirties. For many, the natural progression is to take the step into coaching. But many of the very best players have failed to achieve great success in coaching. The truth is that not all athletes make great coaches. Of course, some are excellent, but others are not effective at all.
It’s easy to assume that a superstar will be a success in every facet of their lives, but the truth is very different. Sometimes they expect too much from less talented players and flop as coaches. So today we’re going to look at 35 successful athletes from different sports. All of these moved into coaching but failed miserably. We’ll look at their records as well as the reasons behind their respective failures. Check out the list via Grunge.com below.
35. Forrest Gregg
A three-time Super Bowl champion and a five-time NFL champion, Gregg enjoyed incredible success in football. He spent 18 seasons in the league, mostly with the Green Bay Packers, and was a consistent presence. The nine-time Pro Bowler was one of the top players of his generation. But it’s fair to say that he didn’t have the same success as a head coach despite making the Super Bowl with the Bengals.
The Bengals stunned everybody that year, but in the end, fell short against Joe Montana’s San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, that was as good as it got for Gregg. He failed to win anything meaningful during his time as an NFL coach and only achieved three winning seasons in 11. It’s fair to say that this wasn’t the career that he expected but it’s the lot for many former superstars.