A coach’s style and philosophy are certainly linked and both will be a reflection of the coach’s personality. The philosophy is focused more on the team:

  1. how the team plays on court;
  2. how the members of the team (players, coaches and officials) work together off the court;
  3. how the team rules are enforced.

The coach’s style will dictate how they make decisions and how they provide feedback to players, and the coach may certainly use different styles in different situations or between different players. The coaching philosophy does not change from one situation to another, although a coach may approach teams differently according to their context (e.g. development of players is the objective with a junior team whereas winning may be the focus of a senior professional team). Similarly, they may approach a junior representative team differently to a junior club team.