Category Archives: Coach Note

My weekly “Coach Note” consists of insights and observations from over 15 years of coaching and is delivered via email every Thursday. My audience consists of thousands of athletes, coaches, and parents who wish to advance their level of play in their chosen sport.

Increase Emotional Intelligence with Intentional Interruptions

Increase Emotional Intelligence with Intentional Interruptions

“…after that, we’ll break up into defensive groups and work on technique.”
An athlete walks into the room—three minutes late—while I go over the day’s practice plan.

I pause, we make eye contact.
He nods, I nod back, and then he quietly sits down with his team.

A few minutes later, everyone knows what is going to happen today at practice except one person.
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Coach the Species, not the Sport

Coach the Species, not the Sport

“How does the team look this year?” Years ago I ran into a former coach of mine who was entering his 27th year of coaching. “I don’t know just yet,” the old coach replied. “Well, you went pretty deep into the playoffs last year, so things are looking pretty good,” I offered. He thought for… Continue Reading