Pre-Season Checklist

A pre-season checklist that I’ve used to make sure I was ready for our first game. It’s a comprehensive list and all of it might not fit your approach, but it’s a good reference point for coaches preparing for the season. Pre-Season Coaches Checklist Defense Man to man On the ball Off the ball Help […]

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Interview on Downtown With Rich Kimball

http://www.downtownwithrichkimball.com/2018/10/30/bob-walsh-10-30-18/

Enjoyed discussing the current state of NCAA basketball with Rich Kimball after the recent verdicts in the FBI trial.

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Former Player As A Dad

Spoke to a former player of mine who just recently became a father for the first time.  While he was playing with his 1-year old son, he told me this: “Coach, I’ve actually been meaning to call you or text you.  It’s pretty amazing being a father, and I get to take my son into […]

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When I Became A Head Coach…

I established right away that we would never define ourselves by the result. I wanted to implement everything way too quickly. I went from making suggestions to making decisions. I realized if we guarded we had a chance. I made sure practice was intense and fun. So much of what we did was a response […]

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The Difference Coaches Make – David Cutcliffe

David Cutcliffe, Duke football coach, speaking about Todd Helton at from Tennessee. Great story about the difference a coach can make. “Todd would come to games, and if it was cold he was near the heater with his jacket on,” Cutcliffe says, laughing. “I would catch him at halftime eating turkey sandwiches paying no attention […]

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University of Nike

https://psmag.com/education/the-secret-betrayal-that-sealed-nikes-special-influence-over-the-university-of-oregon

Very long but quite interesting read on Phil Knight and Nike’s influence over the University of Oregon, with the incredible story of the health of the school president’s family in the middle of it. Fascinating peak behind the curtin at how universities can be held hostage by the money people funding their programs. Phil Knight […]

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Over The Top Intensity

Too much of anything is unhealthy. Even a good thing, once you get to the point where it’s too much, the point of diminishing returns sets in. Intensity in practice is a good thing. You need your teams to prepare at a high level, and the best way to get the most out of them […]

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Coaching The Unexpected

I’m a big baseball fan, and I love watching the playoffs. The trend recently has been towards bullpen use, with more managers using their bullpens earlier and sometimes even to start the game. Managers are much more likely to go to their bullpen early. Aaron Boone got hammered in the New York media for losing […]

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David Cutcliffe and the Challenges at Duke

Really liked this part from Nicole Auerbach’s article in The Atlantic about David Cutcliffe and how he’s turned Duke football into a consistent winner. Once Cutcliffe got the staff he wanted in place, they began the work that any new coaching staff must do immediately: Evaluate the roster and start recruiting. They also went through […]

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Practicing Too Many Things At Once

Practicing good habits is essential. Everything you do is an opportunity to work on your habits and lock your kids in on the right way to do things. But sometimes you can overdo it. There are multiple things you can work on in every drill, but trying to get too much done can take away […]

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