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coaching advice

attitude
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...


program
September 21, 2021

What Is Your Program All About?

As a young coach, I was always looking for advice and tips to have a successful program. I would read books, watch videos, and pick the brains of veteran coaches at every opportunity.  The best advice on program building was very simple – “yo...


confidence
September 14, 2021

Cultivating Confidence in Student-Athletes

The beauty of confidence is that it’s a skill; we can build it and get better at it over time, and I have a few suggestions on where you can start. There are a plethora of resources and tips on confidence building between blogs and books, but on...


young
September 13, 2021

A Job Guide for Young Coaches

In 2010 I became the head football coach at an inner-city school in Nashville. In doing so, I inherited a young assistant coach by the name of Bob Gecewich. After several years of coaching together, Bob moved on and has since become a head coach hims...


level
August 7, 2021

Achieving Level II in Athletics

Even though most athletes would tell the coach that they want to perform at their ultimate level of play, the reality is many settle for what would be called a Level I performance. Both the coach and player are unaware that they are not reaching thei...


athletic
August 3, 2021

I Want to Become an Athletic Director. Now what?

Athletic director, director of student activities, assistant principal for athletics, dean of athletics, and athletic program manager are just a few of the many titles associated with a position in interscholastic athletic administrator. But titles c...


non-core
July 29, 2021

Cultivating the Non-Core Sports

There was obvious concern among athletic administrators when last year’s national survey revealed a decline in high school sports participation nationwide. But there was good news, and it might have been surprising to some. The positive data came f...


leadership
July 28, 2021

Building a Dynamic Program with Leadership & Culture

When student-athletes leave your athletics program, what part of the culture will they remember? Will they adopt the leadership qualities we instilled in them to their next step in life?  A culture that is relevant and influential gives an athlet...