“What do you all want to accomplish this season?” the coach asked her team as they gathered at the first official practice of the year. “State Champions!” Jennifer shouted with approving nods and shouts from her teammates. “Most goals ever!” said Mia with enthusiasm. “I want to have more playing time.” Said Kelly, softly and… Continue reading How bad do they want IT? #GOALS
Every season I close with how my team has inspired me. This has been a special one and I'm grateful for the impact these athletes have had on me. I really just needed a distraction. I tried balancing my dream job, head coaching an NCAA program in gorgeous Colorado with having my family still here… Continue reading Thank you Redhawks 2019
I've talked with thousands of coaches over my career thus far, and I've heard many frustrations about athletes, but what I've really never heard are the words, "I hate this player." We actually care a great deal about our players. Some we don't click with the same as others, and some bring a higher level… Continue reading Do coaches really hate some players?
I was sitting in what was really an epic training session today – part of the Power of Positive Leadership Training program, as I once again immersed myself in the principles that led to my transformation years ago. Once a believer that positivity was far too Pollyanna to create a winning environment or anything grounded… Continue reading The Window. Perception changes Everything.
As a coach, you carry something that can make an impact so great, that your team could be known consistently for their grit, determination, performance, resiliency, effort levels, focus, enjoyment, player retention, and suspiciously steep learning curve each season. What each coach has in their possession is more powerful than many leaders realize, and it’s… Continue reading The best tool every coach has access too
You know what’s weird to me? Dentists a lot of times don’t have great teeth. Some doctors never take their own advice. There are many out of shape but very effective fitness experts. AND many coaches who spend a significant time working on building bonds and connections on their team are terrible at building a… Continue reading Where do coaches go?
These kids are adorable. No idea who they are but found this pic on Pinterest Have you ever seen those get along shirts parents put on their kids who keep fighting? It’s big enough to fit two people and they have no choice but to figure out how to get along because they can’t escape… Continue reading Team bonding through Get-Along Shirt tactics
I’m finding myself looking for air, the kind of desperate search for oxygen that happens at 14000 feet when you’re trying to climb the mountain trail just a bit higher but wonder if your lungs will keep up. I gasp some in but it feels empty, there’s no relief. The flashes between smiles and remembering… Continue reading Love like Milanyela
How do we identify the leader? What makes a truly great coach? It's not what we have in our heads as kids and young adults where we pictured a leader as the person standing out in front, gearing up the crowd and dispensing nuggets of wisdom. The coach is easy to find, isn't it the… Continue reading Leader or showman?
Well Bobby... Mamas wrong again! They aren’t our enemy. They aren’t “the reason sports are ruined”. They aren’t all crazy or after the coach. The system is crazy, the system is broken. It’s the product of greed, ego, and the quest for power; from administrators, individuals, facility owners, and yes some parents, and yes also… Continue reading Mama says Parents are the devil