The Imposter Syndrome

Paul’s Blog

October 27, 2020

The Imposter Syndrome

I was given an opportunity mostly by default. My first job was at West Point (as a professor and coach), a job that literally everybody else turned down. I lived on Coaches Road and my neighbors were (then-Army basketball coach) Mike Krzyzewski, Jack Riley, who was the gold medal winning hockey coach, and Dan Riley, who was the strength coach for the Redskins.

I coached World Team Tennis and became very close with Billie Jean King. I’ve been very lucky to have been around some of the greatest coaches in history and had the chance to pick their brains, so I stole in everything I know from those people. As a result, I have been able to carve out a decent experience in teaching sport. I live with the imposter syndrome and shouldn't be doing what I'm doing. I really don't belong.

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