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
A little louder because the people in the back are missing it.... Stop locking parents out. You've heard the expression Mama Bear protecting her cub when someone's kid is being picked on or hurt? That's a natural instinct. As coaches, we have a team full of parents who would do anything for their kids, including… Continue reading For the people in the back… OPEN YOUR DOOR!
We turn to some of the best teams as a model for creating greatness. It makes sense, to emulate success by following the lead of those who pave the way. These teams attract the top talent, winners, physically blessed, highly trained, talented, driven, athletes and puts them out on… Continue reading Want Culture? Ask the losers..
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
It's the journey: 5 Steps to get your Mindset right for Collegiate Sports Years of stress about getting recruited, getting seen, getting playing time, getting recognized and getting offers has players entering the collegiate playing world in a broken mindset. The end result of all that drive is not the social media declaration or the… Continue reading 5 tips to get your mindset right for College Sports
I was asked recently to share my greatest coaching memory. Seems like a bit of a daunting task because I’ve been honored to be a part of several teams that went from losing seasons to final four finishes within the span of weeks. I’ve experienced underdog victories and comebacks that are movie making material. I’ve… Continue reading Greatest Coaching Moment
Ever wake up in the morning, early on a Saturday and the alarm is blaring because it's time to get up for practice and wonder if you should even bother? You're exhausted, as most teens are, from the constant pulling in many directions, conflicting standards of different authorities in your life, navigating new territory pretty… Continue reading This used to be my playground
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
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