November 16, 2021

5 Characteristics of Champions

Are champions born or are they molded by their experiences? The answer is probably a mixture of the two. While there are born winners among us, becoming a champion — or developing a championship mindset — can be nurtured. Anyone who’s been a co...

October 18, 2021

Defining Athletic Attitude

We hear coaches use the word “attitude” frequently. Have you ever defined exactly what “attitude” means to you? The more clearly you can define anything, the better chance young people will understand and apply it. Clarity and brevity (with d...

January 22, 2019

The 4 pillars of team leadership

Motivation, communication, peer modeling and team cohesion develop strong captains [caption id="attachment_27429" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Photo: Harris Walker[/caption] Winning isn’t everything — there are a number of other advantage...

May 30, 2017

Team captains must not be normal

We expect captains to hold teammates accountable and unite players at difficult junctures of the season, but that’s not what makes them remarkable leaders — that’s just doing their jobs. To be special, team captains must go above and beyond the...

February 14, 2017

Poll: Does your school offer leadership training for athletes?

In January, Coach & Athletic Director asked coaches if their school offered a program to help develop leadership in athletes — captains council, leadership club, etc. Just one-third said that their school has such a program. Here are the co...


How do you choose team captains?

There are seemingly hundreds of unique methods coaches use to choose captains for their respective programs. Listen to coaches at Kennedy (Iowa) High School describe their strategies. [embed][/embed]...

December 13, 2016

Poll: How do coaches choose team captains?

In November, Coach & Athletic Director asked coaches how they choose captains with their respective teams — do coaches or players pick? Here are the results along with some comments. • Most years it's a coaches pick. There have been a han...

June 23, 2016

Lead ‘em Up teaches leadership, character to athletes

Sports programs today are designed to create the complete athlete, from strength training to skill development and nutrition. But very few focus on character. That’s a void Adam Bradley wants to fill. Last August he began by launching Lead ‘em...