Listen To Your Players

I’ve always said I learn the most about my team when I talk to my players. Watching film, talking to my staff, going over analytics – they all help. But nothing gives me a better feel for my team than hearing what my players have to say. In the fall, when coaches aren’t allowed in […]

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You gotta have trust in the people above you that they'll stand by you

Archie Miller's father, on why his son was selective about what jobs he would take.

The Long Haul

Basketball season is 12 months a year these days.  Sure, everyone takes a break here and there.  But there really isn’t an off-season anymore.  High school kids go right from the season to playing AAU and play a ton of games all summer and into the fall.  In college, except at the D3 level, workouts […]

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Dynamic Leadership Podcast – John Becker

https://athleticdirectoru.com/audio/john-becker-vermont-dlp/

Intelligent, interesting conversation about how to sustain elite success.

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The Kid Who Relies On His Talent

One of the challenges we constantly face as coaches – how do you handle the player who is talented, but doesn’t really work hard.  Especially coming out of high school, so many kids are used to just relying on their talent to be good enough. That’s not an indictment of high school coaches at all, […]

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Nebraska Linemen on Buy-In and Work Ethic

https://twitter.com/HailVarsity/status/1041733991030775810

“In high school I thought I worked hard… I got to college, and I worked just as hard as I did in high school, and I didn’t do crap.”

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Change and Continuity

https://hbr.org/2018/08/research-to-get-people-to-embrace-change-emphasize-what-will-stay-the-same?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hbr

Very interesting research on the importance of stressing continuity with regards to effective change management. As coaches we often talk about absolute change – when we take over a program, when we’ve had a bad year. Do we ever stress continuity? Even if your team is bought into the idea of change, this research shows […]

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After The Fact Rationalization

I have a ton of respect for Serena Williams.  I’m not a huge tennis fan, but I appreciate greatness, and Serena has been the best women’s tennis player on the planet for a long time. When Serena lost the U.S. Open Final last month, she got pretty upset with the chair umpire who warned her […]

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Your Leadership Model

If you aren’t getting the right leadership from your team, or the guys you expect to lead aren’t stepping up, don’t question their leadership.  Take a look at your own leadership model. So many teams and coaches that struggle use a lack of leadership as an excuse.  But the easiest thing to do in coaching […]

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Things I Learned As A D3 Head Coach

The run-up for the gymnastics vault extends all the way under one of the hoops on the baseline. You are never going to get a straight answer as to what is going on with the heat. Appreciate your kids for showing up.  They are finding a way to pay for school, many are working jobs, […]

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