Do Nothing

In 2010, my 5th year at RIC, we were getting ready to play in the LEC Championship game on Saturday morning.  The game was a 3:00 tip, and with the semi-finals being played the night before we met in the morning for film.  As we were getting ready for the film session and the players […]

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The key to being successful is to figure out what you did. Don’t look at just the score. Look at what happened. That’s the most important thing. That’s where Belichick gains all of his advantage. That’s where great leaders gain all of their advantage. They look at the result. It’s not result based; it’s how you went through the process.

Michael Lombardi, long-time Belichick assistant

To Lead, Start By Following

Great stuff from the Harvard Business Review on how learning to follow makes you a better leader from Kim Peters and Alex Haslam: There is no shortage of advice for those who aspire to be effective leaders. One piece of advice may be particularly enticing: if you want to be a successful leader, ensure that […]

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Getting Your Next Job

I have a lot of conversations with young coaches about getting their next job.  I’ve never really been involved in ay other business, but it seems like in coaching there are a lot of young people who don’t feel like they have great guidance on how to move forward.  Maybe it’s because in other lines […]

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Taking Over

My thoughts on taking over a new organization for AthleticDirectorU: My first head coaching job was at Rhode Island College, where I took over a very talented team that had no history of success. When I left to become the head coach at the University of Maine, I similarly inherited a program that needed a […]

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Is Your Boss Helping Your Career?

https://hbr.org/2018/07/how-to-advance-in-your-career-when-your-boss-wont-help

Some great thoughts on how to advance your career if your boss won’t help. This is something I talk to coaches about all the time, because in our profession there are a lot of head coaches who don’t really want to help their assistants advance.  You have to make it happen, put a plan in […]

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The Elam Ending

I spent some time last week working with The Basketball Tournament, the two million dollar, winner-take-all, summer professional tournament in it’s 5th year.  It’s a high level tournament that should be a staple of the summer for years to come.  Check out the semi-finals and the finals this week on ESPN.  It really is good […]

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Pros

It’s been really interesting working with the TBT over the last couple of weeks, seeing the $2 million dollar winner-take-all tournament up close. As a college coach, it’s really interesting to see the maturity level of the players.  It’s so clear that becoming a professional basketball player and relying on your skills, talent and your […]

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Earl Watson – We Over Me

Earl Watson played for John Wooden at UCLA & had a successful career in the NBA. One day his college teammate, Billy Knight, who struggled to make an NBA team, asked Earl why he thought he was having trouble making it in the NBA. Billy wanted to know Earl’s secret. Earl told him to practice […]

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The Basketball Tournament

I spent the last week working with The Basketball Tournament, the $2 Million winner-take-all summer tournament open to anyone who is not currently on an NBA Roster.  It’s a fascinating event and a great tournament, to watch a bunch of great college players who are now professionals compete at a high level for the chance […]

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