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Beat the Culture Plateau

Once the season was getting into full swing and the expectations and tone had been set, practice had started and games were coming up, there almost always seemed to be this big dip in energy.  It's like I could feel some of the positive excitement fading away and my connection that seemed strong at the… Continue reading Beat the Culture Plateau

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The Culture Pit

The Culture Pit. Maybe every coach hasn’t faced this yet, but chances are that if you've taken on a new program there's a culture issue hiding below the surface.   I’ve walked into culture disasters so many times that the signs are like giant red flags. For someone experiencing it for the first time, the signs… Continue reading The Culture Pit

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To my recruits and anyone who plays for me..from an athlete’s POV

I met Lizzie (from London) in Prague when we played lacrosse together in the Prague Cup this past summer. She'd asked me to bring her a copy of my book, which she read during our 10 days of adventure and lacrosse playing in Berlin and Prague. We spoke about my philosophies as a coach and… Continue reading To my recruits and anyone who plays for me..from an athlete’s POV

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2018-19 Jeffrey Howard Conord Scholarship Winner Announced!

I am excited to announce the winner of the second annual Jeffrey Howard Conord Scholarship for Team Leadership and Valor for the 18-19 School year is Ben Olson. Ben is a 2018 Graduate of Blaine High School in Minnesota and is an accomplished cross country skier with reputation for training with dedication and focus. His… Continue reading 2018-19 Jeffrey Howard Conord Scholarship Winner Announced!

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Are you giving your kid a disadvantage to learning?

It’s the worst way to learn something. It doesn’t allow for time or space to think and make decisions. It doesn’t answer a fundamental “why”. It doesn’t allow thinking to measure effect of actions. It doesn’t allow for the brain to even engage or hear itself. It causes panic and a distrust of one's own… Continue reading Are you giving your kid a disadvantage to learning?

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Get “off-ball” Recruited!

The money has been paid, the work put in, the sunscreen applied, the whistle blown. It’s game time in the summer as college coaches line the side of the field with ipads, laptops and notebooks. You wrote your favorite school several times hoping they would come see you play, and as you look over, there… Continue reading Get “off-ball” Recruited!

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the ultimate motivational tool

I believe in belief as the ultimate motivational tool.  Not a belief in an uncontrollable outcome, like winning a championship or breaking a record. But a belief in growth, finding greatness, in each other and building connections.  We can’t control if our team reaches that final championship game. There are injuries, off days, so many… Continue reading the ultimate motivational tool