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Positively Uncomfortable

Today I had a medical procedure I have been putting off as long as I could. The doctor finally told me we couldn’t wait any longer and I had no choice but to get this done to find out what kind of surgery I needed. (the great news? I dont need surgery!) SO.. The reason… Continue reading Positively Uncomfortable

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So, you think you’re positive…

If you’re following my blog then you probably have bought in on positive coaching. You get it, you practice it, believe in it, and pray that your own kids’ coaches model it too! But what if we’re missing one more piece? What if through all this belief in developing and encouraging our athletes we’re still… Continue reading So, you think you’re positive…

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Now available!

Just a quick blog update to announce the availability of Confessions of an Imperfect Coach on Amazon! If you pre-ordered through kateleavell.com, your signed books ship out tomorrow. If you've read a pre-release copy, it would mean a great deal to me if you could take a minute to log-in to amazon and leave a review. Signed copies are still… Continue reading Now available!

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Dear Daughter. The LETTER

Everyday, parents choose teams they hope will give their kids the best experience. Before you choose yours - read this. THE LETTER: Dear Daughter, I vividly remember the day the uniform for your first team came in a plastic bag with your name written in red sharpie on the outside.  You ran upstairs, making those… Continue reading Dear Daughter. The LETTER

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Life Ruiner

Many years ago, when I was just starting out as a high school coach, one of my former players tweeted that I was a “life ruiner.” It was like a punch in the gut. We’d just come off of a winning season, unquestionably the best season this program had ever had. I’d just been awarded… Continue reading Life Ruiner

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Pre-Order Available!

Click Here to PREORDER YOUR signed COPY! How will you be remembered? What stories will your players tell about you to their kids, their own teams? What life lessons will they walk away with when it's all over?           Have you ever stood in front of your team knowing what they… Continue reading Pre-Order Available!

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My USL #TrainerFam

5 years ago, I had a phone interview with a non-profit company that had started up back in the 90’s, in my home town of Baltimore. Passionate about the game, about teaching it to others, and about learning in an environment filled with coaches who all have different insights, I was incredibly excited at the… Continue reading My USL #TrainerFam

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Sport in the purest form

I’ve met a lot of teams over the past few years with inspiring stories. Some of these stories are inspiring but also heartbreaking, like Team 8 playing for Jamie McHenry’s memory. But tonight, I got to be inspired in a whole new way. A joyful, I can't stop smiling, sort of way! I went to… Continue reading Sport in the purest form

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Are you Defeated or Activated?

This week I had several gut punch moments where I was turned down, told no, had doors close that I was hopeful would open. Ever have one of those weeks? It was one after another. My week felt like one of those batman cartoon balloons. BOOM! SLAP! POW! Dealing with the disappointments and the emotional… Continue reading Are you Defeated or Activated?

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Love it or Leave it

I'm turning 40 this fall, and as I've talked to my friends all reaching this "City Slickers" mid-life crisis age, I came to realize there is a theme to the chatter. Despite the blessings so many of us are surrounded by and truly appreciate, there are universal questions being asked. Am I doing what I'm supposed… Continue reading Love it or Leave it