Colin Kaepernick

http://theundefeated.com/features/kaepernick-is-asking-for-justice-not-peace/

Bomani Jones kills it with the best article I’ve read on the Colin Kaepernick situation. “To paraphrase Peter Tosh, they asked for peace while Kaepernick cried out for justice. That distinction is both subtle and significant.”

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Gut Instinct

Trusting your gut as a head coach can be hard.  If you’ve ever read Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink,” he talked about snap judgements and the basic finding was that if you’ve put in the time, if you’ve really studied your craft, then your snap judgement is usually going to be correct.  But it’s a really […]

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Jack Clark – Things We Value

Looking over some notes from when I heard Jack Clark, the head coach of Cal Rugby, speak to a group of coaches at Providence College.  If you ever get to hear Jack speak, don’t miss it. Things We Value in our Program: Selflessness – A very powerful value. Constant performance improvement – Getting better is the […]

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Is The Secret to Success Failure?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/magazine/what-if-the-secret-to-success-is-failure.html?_r=0

A long read from the New York Times a few years back, but really interesting on how we teach and educate.  If our kids never deal with failure, are we really preparing them? “The idea of building grit and building self-control is that you get that through failure,” Randolph explained. “And in most highly academic […]

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When Your Team Gets Tight

I thought the 2008-09 Rhode Island College team was the best team I coached at Rhode Island College.  It was my 4th year and we were coming of back to back Little East Tournament titles and NCAA Appearances.  We went to the Elite 8 in 2007 and the second round in 2008, and we had […]

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We Don’t Whine

The first core value for Anson Dorrance and UNC Women’s Soccer is “We don’t whine.”  The corresponding quote his players have to memorize to go along with it is from George Bernard Shaw – “The true joy in life is to be a force of fortune instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments […]

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Playing For Your Teammates

In Urban Meyer’s book “Above The Line” he makes a lot of references to the military when discussing his approach to his team.  What he’s learned from the military is that soldiers are willing to shoot and kill the enemy for one main reason – to protect their brother.  The military is all about creating […]

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Geno and Taurasi

http://www.sportingnews.com/athletics/news/team-usa-women-geno-auriemma-diana-taurasi-career-uconn-greatest-womens-player/1jg542dy8280w1lwc5u4v83t6e

Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurusi have gone 178-9 in games they have coached/played together.  A good look at the bond they share.

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Manu Ginobli

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17262551/manu-ginobili-built-legacy-love-team-storied-career

Tremendous piece by Zach Lowe on Manu Ginobli.  So many great stories. Popovich hated it. “I was so stubborn,” he said. “I had to rein him in. ‘Oh, you can’t turn it over. You can’t shoot those shots.’ All that purist bulls—.” “You realized there was more positive than negative,” Popovich said. “He’s a freaking […]

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Athletes 4 Business Podcast

I recently had a great conversation with David Bagga on his Athletes 4 Business podcast.  Click the link to check it out. At the 19:00 mark I tell the story about our well-known (to our players, anyway) “Get the message” practice we had at Rhode Island College where I first had to self-reflect as a […]

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