2019 Clan Coaching Spotlight - Jack Mager
For this edition we spotlight a member of our junior coaching staff, Jack Mager. Jack grew up a clansmen and has transitioned from a playing capacity into a coaching one. Most recently he has been working with the Edmonton Gold and the Clansmen High Performance academy.
What are you coaching?
This year my role with the Clan will be primarily coaching with the junior teams and working to facilitate a smooth junior to senior transition.
What brought you to the Clan?
My dad played for the Clan, so I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else.
Brief playing/ coaching history?
This summer will be my ninth year with the Clan as a player, and my third or fourth year coaching rugby. I have played and coached with the Edmonton Gold throughout this time, as well as playing for Alberta a couple times as a junior.
What is your favorite moment in your career?
My favorite moment in my career is always the event I have participated in most recently. At the moment that would be coaching U18 Edmonton Gold at the Vancouver Invitational Sevens.
What got you into coaching?
I have had good coaches and bad coaches, and I figured I could be better than the worst of them.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
I love to see the first time a player understands what it means and what it takes to be an elite player.
What is your coaching style or philosophy?
I do not believe there is a black and white right or wrong way to do things on the pitch. The answer to the same question is different for different players, the job of leadership is to tailor the game-plan to the strengths of the team, not to force the opposite.
What is your favorite team to support?
My favorite team to support is the South African national sevens team. What I love about their program is that they do not lean on size and speed to win like the Americans or Fijians, but rather dominate through creativity and work rate.
What other sports or activities do you enjoy playing or practicing?
I’m extremely partial to combat sports, but hockey and football rank pretty highly as well.
What's your mantra or favorite saying (in the context of sport and/ or life)?
Think only about the objective while you are playing. Reflection on positives and negatives is for trainings and review sessions.
Do you have any special talents or a surprising thing someone might not know about you?
I’m not as bad at rugby as you might expect a 21 year old coach with no injuries to be.