Standards and Rules

A lot of leaders like to say they “don’t have a lot of rules.” The thought being having strict rules about specific behaviors will have the players walking on eggshells and paint them into a corner when someone breaks a rule. And not every situation is the same. Is being two minutes late for practice […]

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Emotional Intelligence and Competitive Excellence

Inevitably at the beginning of practice every year when I was at RIC and at Maine, things would get pretty intense. We took pride in how hard we competed, and everyone was fired up at the beginning of the year not just to compete but to prove they belonged and earn playing time. The intensity […]

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Big Men As Coaches

From the Wall Street Journal in 2014. Some interesting stuff to think about as to why big men have trouble getting head coaching jobs. I thought about it as I watched Patrick Ewing lead Georgetown to a Big East title. https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-big-men-usually-cant-coach-basketball-1402007079

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Handling Success

At the start of my second year as a head coach, at Division III Rhode Island College, we beat Iona College in an exhibition game. That win was huge for our program and for my confidence as a coach, but it also caught me off guard. I learned a lesson on intentionally handling success. This […]

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The Way of the Warrior

From Ben Horowitz’s book “What You Do Is Who You Are…” What Did Culture Mean To The Samurai? Bushido looks like a set of principles, but it’s a set of practices. The samurai defined culture as a code of action, a system not of values but of virtues. A value is merely a belief, but […]

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Getting Tight

It’s easier to get tight quicker in a game when you expect to win. At Rhode Island College we played in eight straight Little East Tournament games, and we won six of them. We were 4-1 as the favorite at home and 2-1 as the underdog on the road. But one thing we never really […]

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Winning In The Post-Season

A re-post from a few years ago by request of a few coaches… I don’t think there is a specific formula that helps you win in the post-season.  Billy Beane always said the MLB playoffs are a “crapshoot,” and there is a lot of truth to that.  So much goes into winning and losing a […]

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The Less I Speak The Better We Get

One thing I’ve learned over my years as a head coach: the less I was saying, the better my team was performing. If I was doing a lot of talking, usually the team was struggling. There is certainly a cause and effect conundrum involved with it. Am I talking more because the team is struggling […]

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Kobe on Mental Toughness

“When you are going through a really tough time… being mentally tough means you can take your mind someplace else, and concentrate on that other thing, to the point where the thing that was bothering you is no longer a focus, so you don’t feel it anymore.”

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Understanding Your Culture

“You don’t understand your culture by talking to your management team. You understand your culture by observing how your new employees behave.” Ben Horowitz, What You Do Is Who You Are Your culture is the behavior of your players. It’s not the framed pictures on the wall or the slogan on the back of your […]

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