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January 10, 2019

Growth by Growing Up

A lesson in why all coaches should exercise patience with their young athletes "He stinks." "He's lazy." "He's selfish." "He doesn't listen." Most coaches, at one point or another, have uttered at least one of the aforementioned ...


football players during Anthem
January 1, 2019

Coach Throwback: All I really need to know, I learned in football

Throughout the year, Coach & Athletic Director will go back 25 years to share some of our best articles from 1994. The publication, formerly Scholastic Coach magazine, is closing in on 89 years of production. What better way to celebrate our long...


2018 top stories
December 26, 2018

Coach & Athletic Director’s top stories of 2018

The year is coming to an end, and the Coach & Athletic Director team thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at some of 2018's biggest stories. To little surprise, some of the year's most-read articles revolved around parents beh...


December 20, 2018

The power of mental training

Goal setting, imagery gets athletes in the right state of mind before practices and competition When the pressure is on, many thoughts go through an athlete’s mind. If I miss this shot, will we lose? What if I can’t defend my opponent? If...


November 30, 2018

Muffet McGraw: Parents must let their kids fail

Muffet McGraw doesn’t believe athletes today are that much different than the generations who came before them. She does, however, believe parents have changed quite a bit. [caption id="attachment_27246" align="alignright" width="239"] Photo: Co...


Mike Krzyzewski USA Basketball ring
November 29, 2018

The 13 qualities of great leaders

I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from and talk shop with countless hall-of-fame basketball coaches over my career. There were dinners with Bobby Knight and Hubie Brown, and I watched Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipar...


lakewood coach L.J. Clark
November 26, 2018

Fighting for a Future

In 2017, a funding crisis nearly cost Lakewood (N.J.) High School its entire athletic program. When some sports were saved, the Piners football program was left struggling to survive. [caption id="attachment_27222" align="aligncenter" width="489"] P...


November 19, 2018

Between the Lines: Gun violence presents new security challenges

[caption id="attachment_26932" align="alignleft" width="98"] Kevin Hoffman[/caption] Athletic programs these days must worry about hazing, concussions and cases of sexual assault. There are declining budgets and rising costs. Referee numbers are dwi...


athletes coach huddle feedback
November 14, 2018

Welcoming feedback from athletes and parents

Modern day coaches benefit by creating an all-inclusive environment in their programs [caption id="attachment_27210" align="aligncenter" width="484"] Photo: Jim Larrison, Flickr[/caption] The “my way or the highway” style has been dismissed a...


November 7, 2018

Wearable technology and in-game decision making

[caption id="attachment_27240" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo: SOLIDShot[/caption] {Sponsored} When a coach is putting together a scouting report or game strategy, they’re analyzing various player and team statistics to develop a plan. S...