A coach is an architect. It is the greatest t-shirt and shorts job a person can hope to have. In brief, we challenge young people to practice simple skills over and over again in order that they perfect a specific action, a conditioned response that eliminates thought while under pressure. The raw beauty of such a thing, especially when it involves more than one. The single greatest key here is for the athletes to understand that something, their something, must give way to the other in order that "they" move as one to achieve a desired result. There is only ONE moment, of all sacred moments, where this happens. I have given witness to this many times and it is the essence of teaching....small and big
epiphanies ....the majesty of it all.....
My Latest Reads
Toughness by Jay Bilas
"Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us chose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with half-truth when the whole can be won."
Fearless by Eric Blehm
"....the only reason a SEAL from the regular teams won't go to the Green Team, is because he's afraid of failing. Because if you fail out of Green Team, then you're automatically ranked in the Seal teams as not good enough to be a DEVGRU--and, some of us might say, not good enough to be a Seal. If you don't go you're never ranked. Oh, you can still think you're a hotshot at the regular team level, but that's only because you've never been tested at the next level."
Earn The Right To Win by Tom Coughlin
"I never praise anyone in anticipation of performance. A compliment isn't a treat; it's a reward. Praise is earned through performance."
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
"As the playwright George Bernard Shaw once put it:"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Help the Helper by Pritchard and Eliot
"The purpose of war is freedom.....the purpose of motivation must be freedom. Having to select between a reward and a punishment is not really a free choice. Love is. Until you find a way to elicit love as a driving force--be that love of country, love of God, love of a code of ideals, or love for the person fighting next to you--you are a failure as a leader."
Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
"Managing anger is every coach's most difficult task."
As Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman writes,
"Our goal surely is to conquer anger, but not to destroy the fire it has misappropriated."
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
"I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe."