Owning Expectations

The mentality of your program is shaped in a lot of ways by expectations.  There’s no question that who you are is affected by who you are supposed to be.  A team that is used to losing, and is picked to lose, isn’t going to expect success.  At Maine we dealt with this mentality every […]

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Gonzaga’s 20-Year Run


Terrific oral history of Gonzaga’s 20-year run in the NCAA Tournament from the inside.

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There is so much great stuff in this short video from Brene’ Brown on empathy. Empathy fuels connection… sympathy drives disconnection. Empathy is a choice, a very vulnerable choice. Empathy is four things 1) Perspective taking 2) No judgement 3) Recognizing emotion 4) Communicating about it Empathy is feeling with people. A response does not […]

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Alfredrick The Great


Very cool article catching up with Alfredrick “The Great” Hughes who scored almost 3,000 points playing for the last Loyola (Chicago) team to play in the NCAA Tournament.

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When your team is an underdog, or up against it, how do you get them to believe they can win?  Telling them to believe is one thing.  Defining belief for them is another.  Every one of your players is going to tell you they believe you can win.  That’s the easy part.  What does belief […]

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“It’s Hard To Beat A Team Three Times”

Worth re-posting this at this time every year: This is the time of year with conference tournaments getting underway when you hear people say “It’s hard to beat a team 3 times.” You hear it a lot in all sports. Have you ever stopped to think about whether or not it’s actually true? We had […]

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Joel Berry On What Turned His Career Around


“What turned my career around here was when I stopped pointing fingers at the coaches, and blaming them for me not playing.” – Joel Berry, North Carolina, on senior night

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Accountability Partners


Interesting approach towards accountability and success in business.

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“I’d Rather Win Than Be Right”

Every head coach has their own personal philosophy.  The way you want to play, the type of player you like, the day to day approach.  It has to fit your personality.  Over time it evolves, and you have to make sure it fits your current personnel, but we all have core principles that we believe […]

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If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in his way.

Emile Zola