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A Job That Coaches Can’t Neglect

The story unfolds before our very eyes. Legendary head basketball coach Rick Pitino, of the Louisville Cardinals, received a clear message from the NCAA: “You can’t claim you didn’t know what was going on.” You’ve likely heard the story. Last month, the NCAA released its findings on the prostitutes and strippers invited to “serve” the…

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Six Simple Ways to Better Engage Generation Z

We are leading, coaching, parenting, and teaching kids who’ve never lived a day in the 20th century. They’ve only known a world of terrorism, recession, racial unrest, corporate scandals, under-employment and uncertainty. They’ve also only known a world of portable devices, multi-tasking, social media, multiple personas and a complex world where they are more about…

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Three Mindsets to Build in Students and Athletes: Podcast #47

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Joe Castiglione. Castiglione is currently the Athletic Director at the University of Oklahoma and the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. In 2009, Joe Castiglione was named National Athletic Director of the Year by the Sports Business Journal. Here are some highlights from our conversation.…

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Eight Action Steps for Managing Team Expectations

When we work with athletic departments, under the leadership of J. T. Thoms, we almost always take surveys of both coaches and student athletes. They provide us with data that informs our events and ensures that our partnership is guided by their pain points. These surveys also furnish us with a clear picture of what…

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How to Help Your Team Bond Quickly

They made it look so easy. I am speaking of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic last month. Thirty-four guys from different professional teams got together to play against the world’s best baseball teams—and they won it all. How could such a diverse group that played together less than three weeks become such a…

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Five Gifts Athletes Need From Coaches

Recently, I had the opportunity to share with the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) community the following thoughts. I wanted to share them with you as well… I made an observation some time ago that’s been confirmed over and over, among student athletes. Most want to be “seen” as leaders, but few want…

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Why Resiliency Is Rare

Last December, I spent time with my long-time friend, Dave Dravecky. Dave was the major league pitcher for the SF Giants, who in 1989 threw the “pitch heard round the world.” Dave was diagnosed with cancer in his pitching arm and was forced to leave the game he loved. But he fought back and against…

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