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coaching

December 7, 2018

A new nickname sports parents should give their kids

Professional athletes seem to reach a sort of pinnacle in their careers when they receive a nickname. Sometimes these monikers are simple — A-Rod, Air Jordan, A.I. Other times, they actually transcend their greatness, such as “Sweetness” (W...


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...


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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...


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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 2, 2018

Raise Your Game: Failure uncovers learning opportunities

» The following is an excerpt from Alan Stein Jr.'s upcoming book, "Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets From the Best of the Best." Stein is a performance coach, consultant, speaker and author. He spent 15 years working with the world's highes...


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October 17, 2018

Kobe Bryant discusses the value of sports, coaches

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was the headline speaker Tuesday at The Aspen Institute's 2018 Project Play Summit. During his conversation with Kevin Carroll, he offered insight on learning the game of basketball and how his coaches influenced h...


September 7, 2018

N.J. football coach fired after leaving profane voicemail with parent of former player

A New Jersey football coach was fired from his high school job today after leaving a profanity-laced voicemail with the parent of a former player on his youth team. In the message, the coach threatens to blitz his defense on every single play until "...


August 29, 2018

6 steps to mastering tough conversations

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "Confrontation is simply meeting the truth head on." Whether it’s with an employee, a colleague a spouse or one of your children, tough conversations are something all of us have to have, but non...