I can set the tone of something. I can create atmosphere ahead of an event or meeting. I can structure guidelines, expectations, and procedures. I can design the colors, the logo, principles, the outward branding. But even after all of that, I haven’t built culture. That’s the disconnect. That’s where we miss the mark as… Continue reading You can’t build it in your preseason meeting. #culture
Occasionally I get asked by a program if one of my blog posts was about them. (Ironically several different programs may think a post is about them all at the same time). I usually don't even know which post they are referring to. Maybe they identified with something in it and thought, hey she sounds… Continue reading You probably think this song is about you..
There’s a trend of thinking that’s become a link of solidarity among many coaches. Where mention of how it’s the kids responsibility to “want it” “bring it” “own it” and “accept it” or don't bother to show up - followed by: “all the coaches say, AMEN!” (including myself) Probably because it’s frustrating to have kids… Continue reading Coach it ALL
I'm sorry vegetarians. Trigger warning - if crab violence is a trigger please look away 😛 If you grew up in Maryland, like I did, then you learned how to navigate a crab pretty young. I was somewhere in late toddler-hood when I was sitting at the backyard patio table covered in newspaper. (after the… Continue reading Crab Lessons in culture, from a Marylander
By nature, coaches are problem solvers. Rarely do we come into a situation that goes as planned. How many times a season does a coach show up to a situation where the field is not available, the gyms are all taken, half the team is on a field trip, someone forgot the ball bag, etc.… Continue reading Curse of the Great Problem Solvers
It's not talked about but it's implied, and we all know it goes on. Coach turnover. It's so common place that most high school leagues can't keep up with their coach contact list, you email the AD for scheduling questions because you don't know who the opposing team's coach will be this year, and every… Continue reading Are you Expendable, Coach?