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December 30, 2011

Most Read Stories from in 2011

It’s that time of year again when everyone wants a quick review of the "best" or "worst" stories from the previous year. Coach and Athletic Director is happy to join the ranks and share our list of the stories that generated the greatest intere...

December 29, 2011

Promote sportsmanship — don’t just pay it lip service

In the past month, I've read about a football coach being ejected from a game and his team refusing to take the field again. I've read about hazing incidents that make your skin crawl. I've read about deplorable fan behavior that leaves you wondering...

December 28, 2011

Breaking down the Linfield College’s football culture

Year-in and year-out, the Linfield College (Oregon) football team piles up winning seasons. With an NCAA-record 56 consecutive seasons with a winning record, the culture of football at the small, private school located 40 miles southwes...

December 7, 2011

More Coaches, Athletic Directors And Trainers Are Continuing Their Education Online

Online, video correspondence courses are growing at a rapid rate and offer an expansive list of classes You wake up before the sun rises. After getting yourself ready for the day, you spend a few minutes with your family, then it’s off to educate ...

November 3, 2011

Expanding the summer ‘dead period’ makes sense

Most states across the country have a specified “dead” period in the summer when high school student-athletes are not allowed any contact with their coaches, nor are they allowed to utilize school facilities. The intention is to give athletes a muc...

October 4, 2011

Reversing course: The story of the 2010 Xavier soccer team

A blueprint for how head coach Andy Fleming turned around a struggling program [caption id="attachment_25481" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Photos courtesy of Xavier athletics.[/caption] The Xavier Musketeers men's soccer team took the field i...

August 29, 2011

The 7 attributes of effective team leaders

All of us want to equip our captains and team leaders with the skills they need in order to be effective. I believe that the success our leaders experience is in direct relationship to how well we train them to lead the team. According to John...

June 16, 2011

Coach…Do You Know Yourself?

“When a person understands himself he will understand his basic needs and true motivation and will learn to behave in a manner which will satisfy those needs. Self-understanding will also enable one to understand and relate to other people more effe...

March 24, 2011

Basketball: Shaka Smart’s three best inbound plays

DIAGRAM 1: Inbound Play 1 (A). From a box set, 5 screens for 4. 4 heads toward the ball-side corner. 5 then receives a backscreen from 2. 5 rolls to the hoop while 3 shifts for a possible outlet pass.       DIAGRAM ...

February 16, 2011

Ten ways to manage your team with integrity

As coaches, we have to see ourselves as CEOs. So when I read this article listing maxims for success in public relations, I knew it’d be a benefit to us. Much like public relations professionals — and as the CEOs of our programs — we must cons...