Coaching is hard, there's no doubt there. Coaching females who often have low self-esteem, struggle with confidence, and often feel pressured to hold back instead of stepping forward is even harder. As our young girls grow into strong women, we hope to have coaches there who will be committed to helping them find their… Continue reading Review: Janine Tucker’s Player Journal
When I realized my team culture was failing, I knew I had to do something fast. It wasn't just a matter of players being unhappy or some drama here and there, our game performance was suffering and it had nothing to do with IQ, conditioning, or knowledge. It was a lack of effort, heart, and… Continue reading If only I had known this one thing…
Little c. I'm a coach. I'm a coach. I played this sport growing up, I think I was pretty good at it. I know how to win, even without the best players by planning out great plays. I have a team. I bring drills, teach plays, teach them how to score and how to shut… Continue reading BIG C vs little c
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
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?
Do you own your job, coach? Or are you renting your job with your team every year? What happens when you own a house? You are probably invested in it. You take pride in it. You work on it on the weekends and in your free time. You fix things that are broken. You want… Continue reading Own or Rent, Coach?
I don't have an answer, I'm hoping we can brainstorm and figure it out. But I do know we need one because I'm seeing this now becoming more normal, where years ago it was just a random observation. Insanity has become the norm. We're chasing an outcome that isn't realistic or even really often desirable.… Continue reading Dog chasing his tail
You have two friends who have each asked you to help paint their house this weekend. For whatever reason you are committed to assisting both. Friend A is the kind of friend who always has your back, looks out for your best interest, is genuinely grateful for your skills, challenges you, pushes you to be… Continue reading Culture: a tale of 2 friends
I am very honored to announce the winner of the inaugural Jeffrey Howard Conord Leadership and Valor Scholarship Award. New nominations for 2018 HS Grads will be accepted starting January 1st through June 2018. Brielle Walter A freshman at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota, Brielle spent the last 9 years playing lacrosse. As the… Continue reading Scholarship Award Winner