Very interesting article from a few years back on the value of practice versus talent. https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/practice-doesnt-make-perfect
Culture has been a hot buzzword in team sports for a while now, so there is plenty to read on the topic. I’m a big believer in culture and the impact the every day environment can have on individual and team behavior. When I became a head coach at Rhode Island College in 2005 I […]
My first year as a head coach we started out 8-7 in our first 15 games. I took over a very talented team, as it turns out one that I think was likely the best team in the league. But we didn’t get off to a good start. We’d play very well for a week […]
I was very lucky to be a part of the staff for the USA Pan American Team playing in the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru last summer. It was great to be involved with international competition in the summer, but maybe the best part of it was being in a basketball lab every day […]
When things start to go South, it’s easy to tell everyone to stay positive. But to actually do so takes a more intentional approach. When things aren’t going well you are surrounded by frustration and negativity. It’s the nature of adversity. You have to aggressively seek out positivity. You have to do more than just […]
Had a long conversation on a number of coaching and leadership topics with Mike Klinzig of HoopHeads Podcast. The interview takes about 1:40, so save it for a long car ride.
Some gems from Norman Augustine. https://thedailycoach.substack.com/p/we-need-to-study-failure
We should all read anything Ibram X. Kendi writes. This is powerful. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/john-lewis-and-danger-gradualism/614512/ But the gradualists of today admonish the gradualism of yesterday, condemning all those who opposed immediate emancipation, all those who told Lewis to tone down his speech in 1963. Reformists don’t age as well as revolutionaries. How could anyone say in 1829 […]
One of the most difficult challenges when your team or organization faces adversity is to trust the people around you. It’s natural when things aren’t going well to want control, yet control isn’t the best way to get the most out of your team. And when you are struggling, that’s exactly what you need. The […]
Pat Scanlon is the head coach at Greenwich Country Day School. He has some great thoughts on his blog. Always worth checking out.