Nick Saban On Second Chances

Nick Saban feels strongly about giving kids second chances. Fans and media do tend to get pretty cynical when a kid gets in serious trouble and isn’t dismissed, but Saban makes a pretty good point. Where would you rather have him?

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Strengths, Weaknesses and Identity

Every team you coach is new. Every team is different. Even if you have most or all of your players coming back, the team is different. Everyone is a year older, hopefully better, and individually they all have different goals. If you just repeat the same process and approach every year with a different team, […]

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The Truth

Pat Scanlon with some interesting thoughts on teams that deal in the truth, and how a couple of his guys talking trash wasn’t such a bad thing. https://coachpatrickscanlon.wordpress.com

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Separating Yourself In The Fall

You still never really know. As a coach you spend a lot of time recruiting players and getting to know them before they come on board, but you still really don’t know what you are going to get until they come to school and become a part of your program. Once you get them in […]

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Negative Locker Room Speeches

A study done on the impact of negative locker room speeches finds results that we might not like. https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/sports-coaches-already-know-this-kindness-isnt-inspiration-or-motivating-that-major-deadline

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Appreciation

How we communicate appreciation is crucial to building effective and elite teams. Some really good specifics in here. https://3x5leadership.com/2019/08/15/do-you-communicate-appreciation-admiration-to-the-people-you-lead/

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The Comfortable Lead

You always want to get off to a good start. We probably put too much emphasis on how our team starts games because we feel pressure and nerves early, and you want to feel comfortable. It’s great to get off to a comfortable lead, but I wonder if it affects the way you coach later […]

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The Pan-Am Games

I was luck enough to be part of Ed Cooley’s staff for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, along with Kevin Willard and Mike Martin. It was an unbelievable experience, resulting in our team taking home the bronze medal. I’ve summarized my notes from the trip below. The challenge is unique. Pulling together […]

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David Griffin and Culture

https://www.si.com/nba/2019/08/01/david-griffin-pelicans-rebuild-zion-williamson-anthony-davis-trade-lebron-james-cavaliers I found this article really interesting with regards to culture and the impact it has on winning. David Griffin is trying to build a family-like culture with the Pelicans, and claims that the Cavs won “despite their culture” in Cleveland. So now he’s banking on building the right culture in New Orleans in order […]

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