Mediocrity

Find an intolerance to mediocrity and instill it in your players. Teach them how to stand up against it. We all go through those workouts or practices where the guys just don’t seem all there. They are going through the motions, doing what they are told, getting through it. Find a way to recognize this […]

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Lindsay Gottlieb

Cool perspective from Lindsay Gottlieb on her new job with the Cavs. I like the idea that she thinks her position can have an impact on men as well as women. http://projects.theplayerstribune.com/lindsay-gottlieb-why-im-here-cleveland-cavaliers/p/1

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Recruiting Toughness

“If you want a team that plays hard, go out and get hard-playing dudes.” – Jeff Van Gundy There is a lot of truth to that quote. Whatever you want your team to be, the easiest way to get there is to get guys who do that naturally. You can demand a lot out of […]

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Great Leaders Are Great Listeners

Some great stuff on listening and leadership from Brigette Hyacinth. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/great-leaders-listeners-brigette-hyacinth “Listening is the most important skill a leader can master. It is the basis of many other leadership skills.“ “There is a difference between hearing what someone is saying and actually listening to them.” ” Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have […]

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Things Players Should Know

Things I wanted the players I coached to know: It will not go the way you think it’s going to go. Rick Pitino writes that on the white board at his first team meeting every year. We started to do it at Maine as well. Prepare yourself mentally for adversity and the ups and downs […]

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The best team conditioning drill we’ve ever done. Partner your players up in teams of 2 on the baseline. You can pair them up big/little or let them choose their partners, however you’d like to do it. They are going to run sprints together. The entire drill will take about 10 minutes. The first guy […]

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Developing Individual Confidence

Self-confidence is really important for success, but not easy to capture or develop. We want our teams to play with confidence, but I’m not sure we spend enough time on confidence when we coach. Nor do we give our players a game plan for individual confidence. As an individual how do you work on being […]

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Keanon Lowe on Chip Kelly

Loved this paragraph in an article about Keanon Lowe, who was a running back at Oregon for Chip Kelly. Kelly taught his players that “pressure is what you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing.” He told them to never flinch, and when he left in 2013 to coach the NFL’s Eagles he promised […]

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