The Last Lesson

Eleven years ago I was the head coach at Rhode Island College and the Providence Friars were in Anaheim playing in the Wooden Classic Tournament over Thanksgiving. My father used to watch all of our games when I was an assistant at Providence and still liked to follow the Friars. So on the Sunday after […]

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Malcolm Mitchell

Great stuff from Patriots Wide Receiver Malcolm Mitchell who played a big role in helping the Pats win Super Bowl LI as a rookie. 1. Mitchell’s advice for Harry: One of the hot-button questions as the Patriots return from the bye for the final seven games of the season is how much rookie receiver N’Keal Harry might contribute, […]

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Walter Bond – Shark Mindset

Asking For Help

When you first become a head coach you want everyone to know you are in control. You are the boss, you’ve been preparing for this for years, and you are ready. You want your players to see you as a strong leader from the jump, so you have to avoid showing any signs of weakness. […]

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Tell Me Something I Won’t Like

Truth to power is hard. In any organization, it’s difficult to tell the boss the truth when it’s something he clearly doesn’t want to hear. As the leader, you have to be aware of this if you want to continue to get better. You create the environment for your staff, and if all they are […]

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Mental Toughness Can Be Taught

Al Golden – Temple Football

The sign over the locker room when Al Golden took the head coaching job at Temple summed up the journey facing the worst program in college football back in 2006. Golden hung a quote from British explorer Ernest Shackleton that will never be mistaken for a warm-and-fuzzy recruiting pitch: “Men wanted for a hazardous journey, […]

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Vary Your Tone

Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian philosopher who coined the phrase “The medium is the message,” signifying that the way the message was delivered was actually more important than the message itself. The way you deliver the message as a coach is crucial, and something worth thinking about. Having a presence as a head coach is […]

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Guess Who’s Back

https://www.woonsocketcall.com/sports/coming-back-home-chance-meeting-brings-walsh-back-to-providence/article_80fd34ea-0616-11ea-86be-e3951e0d4474.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

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Don’t Put Them In A Box

Confirmation bias is essentially interpreting something new as confirmation of what you already believe. And as a coach it comes into play a lot. If you like a kid you are recruiting, when you go see him play you are going to find things to like about him – even if he doesn’t play that […]

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