Declarative Statements

Whoever asks the most questions wins. It’s a great strategy for conversation. It’s a great strategy for an interview. It’s a great strategy for leadership. And it’s a great strategy for coaches as well. Whoever asks the most questions is going to learn the most. In any interaction, when you ask questions you’ll get information. […]

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Bilas on Officiating

Jay Bilas with an interesting take on officiating – not officials – and how it is having a negative impact on the quality of play in college basketball. I will say his point about freedom of movement is one I agree with. It doesn’t seem like it is being enforced as much as it has […]

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Chaos At Notre Dame

Interesting article from a year ago about how Brian Kelly created chaos at Notre Dame practices after a bad loss to Miami. I’ve always wondered why we spend so much time controlling the environment in practice when we play in completely uncontrolled environments. https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24477148/brian-kelly-testing-notre-dame-team-chaos-2018-season

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Losing – Take Your Cue From The Players

Losing is hard, and dealing with losing is a big part of team sports. Dealing with failure is essential in any leadership position, but is made harder by the dynamics of teams sports. There is a scoreboard in public, there is a record in the paper, so most everyone will judge you on wins and […]

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“Execute The Order We Should Have Given You”

Listened recently to an excellent podcast, The Learning Leader Podcast with Ryan Hawk, who had 4-Star General Stanley McChrystal @StanMcChrystal on as his guest to discuss his approach to leadership. The link to the podcast is here. There are so many great leadership gems in there (it’s well worth an hour when you are on […]

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Myles Powell

I was lucky enough to coach Myles Powell for a few weeks this summer with the Pan Am Games team. Terrific player, great kid with the right approach. Interesting to read about what he’s gone through to get to this point. https://www.nj.com/sports/2019/12/while-chasing-his-dream-seton-halls-myles-powell-wont-run-from-a-brother-charged-with-murder.html

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The Texas Game

It’s definitely the loudest I’ve ever heard the Dunk. January 5th, 2004. Texas. at Providence. It was one of those special nights in the old Providence Civic Center, where the energy in the building was something you could really feel. I remember the hazy in the building, coming from the restaurant up top, creating a […]

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Great Teams Check Each Other

The best teams check each other. On the court, in practice, every day. The players check one another. I mean they confront the bad behavior. Whether a teammate doesn’t run back or doesn’t sprint to help side, they are hearing it from someone else in a practice jersey. Not just the coaches. The best teams […]

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Settling In To Mediocrity

Over time it’s really easy to settle into mediocrity without even knowing it. You go about things the same way, and you’ve had some success, so you don’t see any reason to really change. You make some minor adjustments, but overall you keep your foot on the gas and continue doing what got you there […]

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