Emotion

Emotion is a big part of sports. The practices and games are intense. The investment level is significant. For players at any level, it’s really important. For coaches at the college and professional level, it’s their lives. It’s hard to be good at any sport without being fully invested emotionally. Intense competition is always going […]

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The Flow of Practice

When I was in college, our practices had a similar structure every day. We didn’t stretch or get loose as a team. Practice started at 4:00, and you were expected to be ready to go at that time. Whatever you needed to do to get ready, you did it before 4:00. We usually started with […]

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Team Leadership

Our 2008-09 team at Rhode Island College is certainly one of the best teams I’ve ever coached. Heading into the post-season that year we felt like we were legitimately good enough to win the national championship (our OT loss to MIT in the first round of the NCAA Tournament might be the most difficult loss […]

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Process and Results

Can you stand behind a decision you made, even if you don’t get the right result? It might be the toughest challenge for a head coach. I’ve learned over my years as a head coach – and I’m 100% convinced – that the best way to get the results is to distance yourself from them. […]

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Entitled To Nothing – Book Introduction

The introduction to my new book Entitled To Nothing, which you can find soon at entitledtonothingbook.com INTRODUCTIONENTITLED TO NOTHING: AN UNCOMMON APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP On the day I was introduced as the head basketball coach at Rhode Island College in September of 2005, I walked up the steps of the Murray Center headed toward my […]

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The Will To Compete

One thing I think we often overlook as a coach – talent has an impact on our ability to compete at a high level. When we don’t play well, we tend to look internally for the reasons, and that makes sense. We want to figure out what we have to do differently to get better. […]

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The Last Lesson

Twelve years ago, on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2008, I was getting ready to head down to practice at RIC when my cell phone rang. At RIC my office was in the Recreation Center, across campus from the Murray Center where we practiced and played, so we had to actually get into our cars […]

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What He Does Vs. What He Can Do

There are some players who, when we talk about them, we are always talking about what they do. He’s a great rebounder. He makes shots. He’s a great finisher on the break. He guards four positions. They are the producers. They get things done, and those are the guys you can win with. Every time […]

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