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motivating players

March 12, 2020

The unspoken language of motivation

Coaches generally try to accomplish two things with their athletes: get them to exert maximum effort, and get them to play up to their potential. Both of these objectives require a selling job — good motivation. In a way, coaches are similar to ...


April 16, 2015

The 5 leaders every team needs

Finding and developing just one effective leader can be challenging enough for most teams. However, in actuality, you really need five kinds of leaders if your program is going to be successful on and off the playing field: performance leaders, locke...


March 2, 2015

Motivating players with the missile analogy

Competitiveness is the most powerful weapon you can have in your team's arsenal. And a big part of your responsibility as a coach is to teach your athletes what it means to compete and to help bring out the competitor inside of them. As with most...


October 2, 2009

The Bear Necessities

Kim Mulkey-Robertson is waking up WacoCOACH: You grew up in Tickfaw, La. What was your childhood like?MULKEY-ROBERTSON: We grew up in the country and lived around my relatives: grandparents and aunts and uncles. My mother was self-employed. She owned...


October 2, 2009

Something’s Bruin

Ben Howland is bent on restoring UCLA’s championship legacyCOACH: You were born in Lebanon, OR, in 1957 and grew up in Southern California. What was your childhood like? How did you pass the time as a youth?HOWLAND: I had a great childhood. I s...


October 2, 2009

Intense Situation Coaching In Basketball Part 3

Winning basketball evolves from the same general pattern of all the other sports. It has a sound philosophy, a specific plan, and the right players in the right positions, and fully capitalizes on the energies and resources involved in the plan.The g...


October 2, 2009

Dressed For Success

With his Armani suits and slicked back hair, Pat Riley has brought style and panache to the hardwood. He is perhaps the most recognizable coach in sports. Sartorial splendor aside, the man who presided over "Show Time" in Los Angeles and not only coi...


October 2, 2009

Champaign Toast

Bruce Weber has made Illinois the big one in the Big TenInterview by Kevin NewellCourtesy of the University of IllinoisCOACH: Where were you born and what was your childhood like?WEBER: My two brothers and two sisters helped fill our little house in ...