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You’re Closer Than You Think

Bill Walsh's 5 Principles to Stay the Course Written by Shane Sowden “Most debilitating of all—devastating—was a gnawing fear that I didn’t have what it takes to be an NFL head coach. At one point, I actually decided to hand in my resignation the next morning, then I...

Why Great Coaches Are Valuable, Not Important

Calling Up: Discovering Your Journey to Transformational Leadership Pre-Order Now: Click Here Being Important important: marked by or indicative of significant worth or consequence valuable: of great use or service As a player, I always wanted to be “the man”. Every...

How to Turn Your Team Values into Team Behaviors

Vague Expectations In his book, Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin tells a short story of a company that decided to start celebrating birthdays to improve morale. The manager told his administrative assistant to buy a cake for a woman in the office named Kate. Now,...

Be Who Your Team Needs You to Be

Calling Up: Discovering Your Journey to Transformational Leadership Pre-Order Now: Click Here If you want to listen to this blog or any other click here. The Version of Yourself They Need In the summer of 2018, I got to meet Jerry Lynch, who arguably is the most...

Do Your Behaviors Align with Your Values?

5 Minute Listen A John Wooden Wannabe Early on, I had an obsession with Coach John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach. My obsession equated to me reading every book written both by him and about him. He was known for his “maxims”—witty sayings like: “Be...

How to Purposefully Define Your Coaching Core Values

Our Coaching Values Part 2 Read Part 1 Here 4 Minute Read or Listen Here Unintentional Consequences “Sports can team with ethics and character and spirituality; virtuous coaching can integrate the body with the heart, the mind, and the soul. But, as my first memory...

What do you value in sports?

Our Coaching Values Part 1 5 Minute Read or Listen Here When the Unthinkable Happens Just two days after Christmas, my team was boarding a bus as we headed for an eight-hour journey to a  basketball tournament in Florida. As players were loading the bus, I started to...

The Coaching Identity Crisis

My Coaching Crisis 4 Minute Read or Listen “I saw the transactional coaches: the kind of coaches who use players as tools to meet their personal needs for validation, status, and identity. They held their power over us to elicit the response they wanted.” –Joe...

Why Our Sports Culture Doesn’t Need Anymore Critics

The Sports Culture Critic 3 Minute Read or Listen Here Over a decade ago, on a typical rainy September day in Ireland, I walked into the local sports facility and asked if anybody needed a basketball coach. It was not planned, and it was not something I had given any...

The Most Powerful Message at Every Coach’s Disposal

Influence is earned through the story you are living. It comes from the life that you have lived to date, and what you are consistently modeling right now. It comes from the fortitude you show in the midst of resistance and struggle.” -Jamie Gilbert Moved to Action...

What Athletes are Really Looking for in a Team

Too Hot or Too Cold We are at a time when transfers in college athletics has reached an all time high and it is not uncommon for professional athletes to play for more than 5 teams in a career. I often join in the criticism and judgment of our athletes' Goldilocks and...

The Key to Building the Team Culture of Your Dreams

Your Dream Team We love movies like Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, and Miracle, because we see a group of individuals come together to become something special! Coaches dream of one day leading a selfless team, with a strong work ethic, and a relentless desire to be...

If Sports Don’t Build Character, What Does?

“Sports don’t build character; they reveal it.” —John Wooden One of the biggest misconceptions in sports today is that they build character. However, if they inherently built character, professional and collegiate athletes in America would be some our most model...

My Coach’s Guide to a Losing Season

Coaching through a Season of Valleys Most coaches wait until they win the “big one” to write their book or start a blog. Me… Not so. I have waited until I was 19 games into my most losing season in 10 years of coaching to start my blog. We are 4-15. So why would...

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