High school coaches can have tremendous influence on the development of young athletes. This week, the student-athletes writing the summer series talk about the qualities they think a coach should have to be successful.

High school coaches can have tremendous influence on the development of young athletes. This week, the student-athletes writing the summer series talk about the qualities they think a coach should have to be successful.

Kyle Annis, Hilliard Dav-idson football: "A coach that teaches discipline gives you important values in any sport. Also, composure is critical in any sport. A lot of roadblocks may be thrown your way and a coach can help you get over them."

Joe Uhle, Olentangy Liberty track and field: "A coach should be someone you can count on. My coach is more of a friend than a coach and this is great because he helps my brother Chris and I whenever we need it."

Ron Tanner, Eastmoor football: "The best quality a coach should have to be successful is the ability to set the foundation of developing successful men and/or women."

Hannah Stefanoff, Grandview cross country and track: "The best qualities a coach should have is being capable of pushing their athletes hard enough to see what they are truly capable of. If a coach can do this, they will also build confidence in their athletes."

Abby Barker, Watterson field hockey: "A coach should be supportive at all times with his or her team. They need to be encouraging, confident and determined to make their players better."

Chris Uhle, Olentangy Liberty track and field: "What is most important to me is that a coach should treat their best and worst competitor the same."

Raven Ferguson, Africentric girls basketball: "I believe the best quality a coach should have is to have confidence in their players. Also, it is very important to know how to motivate a team during a game."

Chris Diaz, Watterson boys tennis: "A coach needs to be responsible and confident. It is always important that they believe in themselves and their players."

Niki Flower, Upper Arlington girls tennis: "I believe coaches should be encouraging, motivating, fun and energetic. I have had the chance to have coaches who I love and have been with me for over 11 years and they all have the qualities I mentioned before."

Next week, the student-athletes pass on advice to a young person who is considering starting the sport they excel at.

I'll see you at a game.

Larry Larson is a former athletics director at Grandview High School. He can be heard as "Mr. High School Sports" on WTVN 610 AM.