My player came bounding off the field after a great play. I pulled her aside as I usually do to use that teaching moment and I said, "That was a great play! Your footwork was amazing!" I looked at her face and realized she was waiting. "What's up" I asked her. She said, "Im waiting… Continue reading You’re amazing! but…
I’m asked often for a manual for building a positive team culture, fixing drama, creating unity, getting rid of cliques, reversing poor attitudes, and turning around programs that were toxic in the past. I’ve sat down a few times and outlined some things like – ways to approach your initial team meeting, how to put… Continue reading Team Culture: the manual
One of my favorite throw back movies is “Death Becomes Her.” With Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis. In the movie, Meryl Streep is trying to recapture her youth and she takes a potion that makes her immortal and restores her body to it’s youthful state. After paying a handsome sum for the… Continue reading and NOW a Warning…
For every athlete who's ever thought about quitting. I've been there. It is possible to love the game once more, but only after you're done blaming everything around you. One of the harder life lessons, but also the simplest. It is within us that we find our joy. It cannot be given, it cannot be… Continue reading Where is My Joy?
Recently a coach asked me, “What’s the one thing I can do right now to make my team better, even if we don’t have the best talent, enough field time, a big budget, big name coaches? What is something I can do that gives us an edge that is within my control.” I thought about… Continue reading No Fear
They were starting to line up at the locker room door, but my left cleat didn’t feel right. I kept fiddling with the shoelace trying to get it tight. It didn’t matter, it was time to walk down the sidewalk, down the hill that overlooks the turf. Bright lights overhead as the sky was just… Continue reading It’s in the little things
A coach should strive to see the light come on inside their athletes, and fear the day they might make it go out. Have you seen it? That moment that your athlete’s posture changes, the smile breaks out on their face, the confidence shift? I live for that moment, it’s what keeps me in the… Continue reading Building Motivation: turn on the lights