The Tough Loss

In November we flew out to Northern Illinois for a Sunday afternoon game.  Still trying to establish a new culture here at Maine, we hadn’t won a game yet, and hadn’t been playing well.  We came out and competed really hard, and played our best first half of the season.  We continued to play well […]

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Owen and Haatchi

Incredibly touching story from E60 on a boy and his dog.  Great way to start the new year. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11914982

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Late Time Out

Time outs late in close games can be very hectic.  Like everything else you do late in games, it’s important to practice it.  Simulate game-like timeouts in practice, so you can get used to getting a clear, direct message across in 20-30 seconds.  And you can train your team to focus and receive the message properly. […]

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Catching Kayla

Incredible story of a high school distance runner who has Multiple Sclerosis, and her coach. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11909407

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This Is John Beilein

Brendan F. Quinn with a great look at how John Beilein got to where he is today. http://www.mlive.com/john-beilein/

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New Culture

Things to think about daily when trying to build a new culture: Focus on the process Make sure the message is clear and consistent Think long-term Listen Communicate relentlessly Set a high standard Be positive and demanding Earn respect and trust Explain why Expect pushback Understand it’s not for everyone

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Dave Hixon – What Has Sustained Your Interest in Coaching?

I loved competing against Dave Hixon’s Amherst teams when I was at RIC.  Unfortunately we didn’t have great success, but preparing to beat his teams made me a lot better as a coach. I loved his answer to this question from D3hoops.com about what has sustained his interest in coaching. D3: After nearly 38 years, […]

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Never Accept Average

“I don’t want anyone associated with our program to be comfortable or accepting of average, mediocre, or sub-par.” http://www.onebidwonders.com/2014/12/24/maine-coach-bob-walsh-getting-better-isnt-good-enough/

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“I Said Get The Kid His Peaches”

One of my favorite Christmas Day stories and lessons from the LA Times.  Merry Christmas. http://articles.latimes.com/print/1986-12-25/local/me-537_1_peaches

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Bret Bielema – Baby Steps

Some interesting stuff on the culture change with Arkansas football. From Inside Read on SI… • Second-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema likes to joke that his team is like Bill Murray’s character in the comedy What About Bob? In the flick, Richard Dreyfuss plays a psychotherapist who counsels Murray, his troubled patient, to try taking […]

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