Today's lesson: How to be a coach and a father

Coaches are frequently family men, and their family lives often cross over into their professional lives when one or more of their children play sports.

Here are five stories about fathers who have had to walk the fine line between being a coach and being a parent.

John Furey

Niskayuna football/baseball coach

Furey has been coaching his oldest son Dan for the last three baseball seasons, and the veteran Niskayuna coach said it's been an enjoyable experience.

It's the first time I got to see him play school ball, said Furey. "I missed his first three seasons (on the modified, freshman and junior varsity teams), so it's been nice to see him play."

Furey said working with Dan had its challenges, especially when it came to giving his son criticism.

"A lot of times, it's hard in a father-son relationship to give criticism, but he takes criticism well," he said.

To keep an unbiased opinion about Dan, Furey turned to his assistant coaches for advice.

"I always want to get feedback from those guys to make sure I'm making moves as a coach and not as a father," Furey said. "It's a lot better when you have assistants who can talk to your child and give them criticism."

Furey added maintaining that balance between being a coach and being a father is the biggest challenge he faced with Dan on the ballfield.

"You've got to think about the situation and what's best for the team when your son is out there," he said. "You've got to treat him like anyone else."

Dan graduates in less than a week, but Furey has another opportunity to coach his children. His younger son Peter is set to join the varsity football and baseball teams next year as a junior. His daughter Kelly, a fifth-grader, also plays sports.

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