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“I Just Don’t Read”

“I Just Don’t Read”

  Today’s post comes from a comment I have heard various coaches make through the years – “I just don’t read.” As an English teacher for 18 years, reading was obviously a very big part of my job. Reading was a huge part of what I was trying to get my students to do. As teachers,

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The Day I Met Pat Summitt

I didn’t know Pat Summitt personally, but like thousands (if not millions) of young girls growing up when the Tennessee Lady Vols earned dynasty status, her influence touched my life. Since her passing, many players, friends and fans have written remembrances documenting how her courage and determination blazed a trail for them to experience competitive

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8 Tips to a Better Relationship With Your Boss

Most of us have a boss. Someone that has a lot of say as to our professional fate. For head coaches overwhelmed with the demands of running a program, investing time in building a better relationship with their athletic director—often called “managing up”— can seem daunting. Many coaches don’t feel heard by administration and don’t

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The Key to Creating High Performing Teams

Last week at the What Drives Winning Conference, Florida softball coach, Tim Walton, referenced a TED Talk by business leader, Margaret Heffernan. In it, she cites research by evolutionary biologist who studied productivity using chickens. William Muir devised an experiment to find out what would make chickens produce more eggs. Chickens live in groups, so

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What Drives Winning – Row the Boat

Last week I had the absolute privilege to attend the “What Drives Winning Conference” in St. Louis, Missouri.  It is in its second year and run by Brett Ledbetter and Becky Burleigh (Florida women’s soccer).  It is the first conference, seminar, or clinic that I have attended that discussed zero X’s and O’s.  Instead, the focus of

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