Toughness – What Are You Looking For?

Toughness is something you need to recruit more than teach.  But when you recruit it, what are you looking for?  Here are things I look for.  Tough kids: Communicate – tough players are loud, but with a purpose.  Communicating with your teammates during play is unselfish, and a great sign of toughness.  Guys who just […]

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Fill Their Cups

In Daniel Coyle’s great new book “The Culture Code,” he visits some of the most successful organizations in the world.  One of them is the San Antonio Spurs, who he spends a significant amount of time with, digging in to their championship culture.  I highly recommend the book – it’s terrific. When talking to everyone […]

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Do You Want To Be Coached Or Comfortable?

I’m a big believer in positive feedback.  I think it’s the best way to get the most out of your players.  In practice I want to be demanding and positive, and I think it’s possible to be both.  If I thought being negative, yelling and cursing at guys was the best way to get the […]

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Kirby Smart’s Recruiting Process at Georgia

https://sports.yahoo.com/georgia-new-alabama-kirby-smarts-spin-nick-sabans-process-game-changer-050129185.html

Pete Thamel with a great in-depth look at Kirby Smart’s recruiting approach at Georgia. Okay, so it makes a big difference when you can just hire 9 new people and spend an extra half-a-million dollars.  But the emphasis on the personal touch and the relationships is a great takeaway.  I love how he wants young […]

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Brad Stevens on Foul Trouble

http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/12/boston_celtics_news_brad_steve_8.html#incart_river_index

Great thoughts from Brad Stevens on playing guys with foul trouble.  Always felt like college coaches overreact to this too often – benching a guy for the entire first half with two fouls, and then playing him right away after halftime, as if the 20:00 mark is the standard for when you can play with […]

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