The Best Leaders I’ve Coached

The best leaders I’ve coached… Bring positive energy into the gym every day Hold themselves accountable first and foremost Are passionate about basketball Refuse to tolerate bad behavior Are thirsty for coaching Take pride in getting stops See value in confrontation when necessary Never hold a grudge after confrontation Don’t say they just “lead by […]

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So You Wanna Be A Coach?

I went to high school in New York City in the late 80s when the Big East was just exploding and New York City basketball was at its peak.  I used to go to Shamrock Basketball Camp every summer run by John Carey, the long-time highly successful coach at All Hallows in the Bronx.  Going […]

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Getting Buy-In

When I took over at Maine, it was the first time I coached a really bad team or a losing program.  I realized I had been very fortunate throughout my coaching career, never coaching a team that had been consistently bad.  At Maine the program was so used to losing, so comfortable losing – something […]

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Dynamic Leadership Podcast – Ryan Odom

https://athleticdirectoru.com/audio/ryan-odom-umbc-dlp/

Ryan Odom talks in-depth about his approach to his teams historic first round NCAA Tournament win over #1 Virginia.

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Warrior Mentality

A good story to share with your team before they go home for the off-season… compliments of Chip Kelly. WARRIOR MENTALITY A long time ago there was a village in which every boy was trained to become a warrior. At age 14, every boy was sent into the forest with no food or water. They […]

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Search Firms and Winning Percentage

https://athleticdirectoru.com/articles/the-influence-of-search-firms-in-mens-basketball-hiring/

Factual data on search firm hires in college basketball and how it correlates to winning percentage from AthleticDirectorU.  They do a great job of putting together data on important issues that impact college basketball. I don’t, however, agree with the conclusion.  The difference between search firm hires (.504 winning %) and non-search firm hires (.469 […]

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People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

Rosa Parks

Talent Matters

“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented.  Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic… The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill.  I will not be outworked, period.  You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than […]

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Lionel Messi

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/23520684/barcelona-star-lionel-messi-manages-stay-hidden-fame

“For the quietest superstar, the game is all that has ever mattered. The rest is just noise.” Sam Borden with an up-close look at Lionel Messi’s approach to fame.

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J.R. Smith and Irrational Confidence

J.R. Smith didn’t know the score.  I’m not sure it cost his team the game, but it certainly cost his team a chance to win the game in the final seconds.  It’s a mistake you can’t make.  It’s a great reminder that if you don’t practice time and score in some fashion every day in […]

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