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Why Good Coaches Fail With Mike Davenport

Coaching Philosophy; Continuous Learning
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This week have one of the most discerning yet approachable coaches out there. Dr. Mike Davenport is the author of the newly published Sinister Truths of Coaching. He also writes the inspiring blog Coaching Sports Today.
book_cover_why_good_coaches_failMike is the head coach and director of the rowing program at Washington College in Maryland and has over 30 years of coaching experience under his belt. He was named Division Three College Rowing Coach of the year for 2014 and 2015 among numerous other honors over the past decade.

His doctorate is in education from Wilmington University. Check out his Hack Your Coaching Series on the Coaching Sports Today website and get a free copy of Seven Reasons Why Good Coaches Fail.

Topics: Coaching philosphy, learning from mistakes, continous professional development, truth about coaching, thriving through adversity

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Top 10 Signs You’re a Great Teammate

great_team_soccer_celebration10- You’re willing to play any role that helps the team

9- You would rather score less & win than score a lot & lose

8- When the team scores, the first people you congratulate are teammates

7- You love practice as much as you love games

6- You respect your opponents but don’t fear them

5- You listen, are coachable & respects your coaches & officials

4- You are quick to pick up a teammate who is having a bad day

3- You help younger teammates who have less experience

2- You learn & grow from your mistakes as well as others’

1- You’re confident but not arrogant

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S&C Speed/Agility Master Coach Vern Gambetta

We had Harry Marra on the show a few weeks ago for the third time, so it’s only fair to pair him with Coach Vern Gambetta, Harry’s long-time friend and colleague and also one of Sports Coach  Radio’s favorite guests.
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Coach Gambetta heads up the Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network or GAIN,  which you can find on gambetta.com. This time around we talk about recent experience in Europe in football soccer and rugby, over-training and over-reaching issues, mindless coaching mistakes,doping issues and much more.

Coach Gambetta has focused on speed, strength and agility for a vast variety  of Olympic and professional sports including stints with the New York Mets, the Chicago White Sox and the
Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, in basketball with the Chicago Bulls, in football with the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in football, and in soccer the Tampa Bay Mutiny as well as
the U.S. Men’s World Cup Team. He also works extensively in swimming.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

“It’s easy to make people slow, hard to make them fast. Train speed all the time at all times of the training year in appropriate forms.” – Coach Vern Gambetta

Topics: Strength & conditioning, speed, agility, sprinting, S&C, training mistakes, periodization, weight training, Vern Gambetta

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Coaching (Arguably) The World Greatest Athlete Ever: Ashton Eaton & Harry Marra

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For long-time followers of the podcast and or track and field, Harry Marra needs no introduction. He¹s graced us with his presence twice before. Back again after a triumphant season  guiding decathlete Ashton Eaton to World Championship Gold in Beijing and heptathlete Brianne Theisen Eaton to the silver in the same competition.

Coach Marra gives us some intimidate insights into this critical period leading up to the Olympics in Rio. Asthton, who holds the world record as well as having won Olympic Gold in  London, quite possibly deserves the title the greatest athlete of all time. Certainly his case will be strengthened if his tops the table in Brazil this summer. And if Brianne can break through and win gold, the three quite possibly will become the most successful training trio in history.

As you will hear in this interview, at 68 Coach Marra may or may not be on the verge of retirement but either way, this is yet another generous insight from him into the mind of a master coach.

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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Decathlon, Ashton Eaton, periodization, Olympics, 400m, guarding against complacency, Rio 2016, focus, mental toughness, brain training, power vs. speed endurance, Harry Marra, Brianne Theisen-Eaton

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Mind Over Muscle: Using Mental Fitness to Become World-Class, With Matt Fitzgerald

Resilience, mental toughness, pain inhibition

mental_toughness_book_fitzgerald_prefontaineHow bad do you want it? That’s the provocative question posed by a new book, with the subtitle: The Psychology of Mind Over Muscle. This week we talk to its author Matt Fitzgerald.

Matt is one of the world’s leading writers on endurance sports. Some of his best known books include Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, and Triathlete Magazine’s Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide. He is also a certified sports nutritionist, and a running and triathlon coach.

Matt has worked closely on this latest book with Samuele Marcora, a pioneering exercise physiologist based in the U.K., who we interviewed a few months back.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

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Topics: Talent identification, mental toughness, mental fitness, pain tolerance, fatigue, Samuele Marcora, Tim Noakes, inhibitory control, Central Governor Model, How Bad Do You Want It?, mind over muscle, Matt Fitzgerald, reliance, Mark Allen, Cadel Evans, Central Governor Theory, Steve Prefontaine

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Sports Nutrition: Beet Expert & Exercise Physiologist Andy Jones

Performance enhancing vegetables, caffeine, creatine
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@AndyBeetroot as he is known on Twitter is this week’s guest.

More properly speaking, we are joined by Andrew Jones, PhD, Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter in the U.K., head of Sport and Health Sciences there and leader of its Bioenergetics and Human Performance Research Group. Andy is also a Special Advisor for Endurance at the English Institute of Sport.

With all those qualifications, Andy knows a lot about a certain red root vegetable that has definite performance enhancing properties and also makes for interesting experiences while on the toilet.

Just to clarify, in the U.K. it’s called a beetroot; in the U.S. it’s just a beet – but we’re talking about the same vegetable. In this interview we also discuss a wide range of legal ergogenic substances, including caffeine, creatine and, of course, spinach.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sports nutrition, performance enhancing drugs, functional foods, ergogenic aids, beets, nitrates, nitric oxide, caffeine, creatine, spinach, Andrew Jones, @AndyBeetroot, human performance, endurance aids.

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Track: World Breakthough Athlete Dafne Schippers’ Coach Bart Bennema

Sprinting, “The Female Usain Bolt”
dafne_schipper_beijin_2015Bart Bennema is coaching one of the biggest breakthrough athletes of the year – in any sport! She’s 23 year-old Dutch woman Dafne Schippers, recently crowned 200 meter sprint champion in the 2015 Beijing Track & Field World Championships, as well as the silver medallist in the 100 meters.

Given her unusual height and power over both 100m and 200m, some experts are starting to call her the female Usain Bolt although her Netherlands training environment is the opposite of a Caribbean island.
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A mere six months ago, Dafne was focused on the seven events of heptathlon, and not doing too badly. In fact she placed 3rd at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

Bart, a former national-class decathlete, has been coaching Dafne since she was a teenager. Bart, who is 38, also coaches Nadine Fisser, a Dutch heptathlete who strong in sprint hurdles.

As they pause before getting ready for Rio, this is a candid and wide-ranging interview covering one of the most exciting career phases that any athlete and coach pairing can experience. We talk about handling increasingly intense commercial demands of an athlete with global star appeal, accusations of doping, mood management and curbing the frenetic enthusiasm of athletes who have a tendency to over-train
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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sprinting, Athletics, Track & Field, 100m, 200m, Dafne Schippers, Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraser Price, Bart Bennema, Netherlands, Beijing 2015, Michael Johnson, Allyson Felix, Dafne Schippers

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Sports Psychologist & Women’s Soccer Expert Dr. Tiff Jones

Meghan Klingenberg, USA Women’s Soccer, Mental Toughness
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Sports Pyschologist Dr. Tiff Jones works with 2015 World Cup winning soccer player Meghan Klingenberg and numerous other elite, college-level and high school athletes from all sort of sports.

Her primary background is in soccer, both as a national-level player and college coach, but she now regularly consults in golf, tennis and gymnastics.

Dr. Tiff’s main focus points include mental toughness, managing emotions and anxiety, decreasing negative thoughts, coming back from injury, motivation, controlling the controllables, coaching the millennial generation, and developing effective communication between coaches and athletes.

Dr. Tiff earned her M.S. and Doctorate with a specialization in Sport Psychology from Springfield College where she was also the Assistant Varsity Women’s Soccer Coach for five years.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Mental toughness, sports psychologist, Meghan Klingenberg, USA Women’s Soccer, managing emotions and anxiety, decreasing negative thoughts, coming back from injury, motivation, controlling the controllables, coaching the millennial generation, sports psychology, athlete-coach communication

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Running Coach Innovator and Former Salazar Colleague Steve Magness

Anti-doping; science of running, training innovations

We’re all about courage and innovation on this show and for this week’s guest we’ve got a great example – running coach Steve Magness.
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Steve is currently Head Cross Country Coach at the University of Houston and writer of the provocative book and blog, both called The Science of Running as well as the podcast Magness and Marcus on Coaching.
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Some listeners might recognize Steve’s name from the currently unfolding investigation into whether Alberto Salazar engaged in illegal performance enhancing activities as head of the ultra elite distance running group the Nike Oregon Project. Steve was an assistant coach there from 2011 to 2012 and has been a key source in the allegations against Salazar.

Sports Coach Radio is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports thinkers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be very grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Running coach, cross-country, anti-doping, innnovation, sciencce of running, sports science, University of Houston, Steve Magness, Nike Oregon Project, Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp, Mo Farah

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Usain Bolt Supremacy Author & Cycling Expert Richard Moore

Sprinting, Jamaicans, Cycling, Doping
Usain_Bolt_Supremacy_Richard_MooreThis week we’ve got one of the best sports journalists out there, especially if you’re into cycling and/or track and field.

Richard Moore’s latest book is The Bolt Supremacy, Inside Jamaica’s Sprint Factory. We talk a lot about training methods, winning mindsets, doping and lots of colorful characters, from Lance Armstrong, to Justin Gatlin and from Carl Lewis to Chris Froome.

Richard other books include Sky’s The Limit: British Cycling’s Quest to Conquer the Tour de France, Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France, The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final, and Heroes, Villains and Velodromes, about Olympic Champion track cyclists Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins among many others.Cycling-and-Track-Expert-Richard-Moore

Probably the best place to keep up with Richard is Twitter: @RichardMoore73 and www.thecyclingpodcast.com

Sports Coach Radio is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports thinkes, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be very grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Usain Bolt Supremacy, Jamaican domination in sprinting, training methods, doping, Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Vuelta a Espana, Carl Lewis, Ben Johnson, Linford Christie

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Sports Medicine: Human Potential & Limitations With Michael Joyner, M.D.

Optimal training; cardio-vascular system; oxygen intake, blood-oxygen transportation
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Our favorite renaissance sportsman is back to talk about lots of interesting things – training adaptation, doping and other forms of cheating, cardiovascular health, oxygen intake, optimal nutrition, and lots more.

Dr. Michael Joyner is based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researching among many topics blood flow during exercise, glucose regulation and the physiology of elite athletes.

Dr. Joyner is a keen athlete himself, particularly triathlon. As we mentioned last time, he can quite possibly lay claim to being the fastest ever marathoner on a height-adjusted basis. Measuring 6’4″, he posted a personal best of 2:25 hours.

You can check out his highly stimulating blog Human Limits at drmichaeljoyner.com. One of his recent articles is called Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field which he co wrote for Pro Publica, with David Epstein, the author of the Sports Gene and lead reporter on a recent series of articles accusing Nike coach Alberto Salazar of anti-doping improprieties.

Sports Coach Radio is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports thinkes, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be very grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sports medicine, optimal training; cardio-vascular system; oxygen intake, blood-oxygen transportation, anti doping, cheating in sports; performance enhancing drugs, WADA

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Justin Gatlin Coach Dennis Mitchell on Dealing with Haters and Beating Bolt

Justin Gatlin, Strength Training for Explosive Sports
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Just ahead of the World Championships in Beijing, here’s a rebroadcast of the two-part interview with Dennis Mitchell, Justin Gatlin’s coach, first aired on February 15 last year.

Both Gatlin and Mitchell have attracted much criticism and both have been sanctioned for violating doping regulations. Mitchell addresses these issues and lessons learned from spending years as a pariah in this wide-ranging, in-depth conversation.

Mitchell hit gold in 4 X 100m in the Barcelona Olympics. In addition to Gatlin, he is training a dozen other world-class athletes from about 10 different countries, at his club Star Athletics, based in Montverde, Florida, near Orlando.

Dennis_Mitchell_Justin_GatlinSports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Justin Gatlin Coach Dennis Mitchell on dealing with haters & beating Usain Bolt, 100m, sprinting, World Athletics Championships, Beijing 2015, Track & field

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Strength & Conditioning Expertise From Tim DiFrancesco of the L.A. Lakers

S&C training; diets for resilience & recovery
s&c_coach_tim_difrancesco_2Good news ­ one of our favorite guests is back ­the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, Tim DiFrancesco. Similar to our first interview, last year, Tim and I cover a wide range of topics, everything from talent identification, over-training, the wonders of an all-natural, healthy fat diet, and the elegant perfection of the goblet squat.

Tim has a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts and can be followed at his website www.tdathletesedge.com and Twitter @tdathletesedge.

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

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Topics: Strength & Conditioning, agility, resilience, recovery, Tim DiFrancesco interview, L.A. Lakers, basketball, training, S&C, sports nutrition, healthy diet for athletes, Paleo Diet, bone broth

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Sports Psychology: Mental Toughness & Mindfulness Expert Brent Hogarth

sports-psychologist-mental-toughness-mindfulness-brent-hogarthMindfulness, mental toughness, sports psychology

Brent Hogarth is a young sports psychologist doing research as well as work on the sidelines in the area of mindfulness for athletes. He also runs the website mindandsport.org

>Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientists, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching psychologist. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page

Topics: Mindfulness, mental toughness, sports psychologist, Brent Hogarth, mindandsport, sports psychology

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USA Swimming & Cal Bears Teri McKeever on Winning in the Water and Life

Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer
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Teri McKeever is one of the leading swimming coaches in the world and has been guiding some of the very top women in the sport.

In addition to heading up the USA Women’s Team in London, which took home 15 medals, Coach McKeever also served as assistant coach in Beijing and Athens. She is currently head coach of the perennial powerhouse University of California at Berkeley, known as the Cal Bears, winning NCAA championships in 2009, 2011, and 2012. She was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for 2015. This interview was recorded in April 2014.

Teri_McKeever_and_Missy-FranklinSports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientists, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching psychologist. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page

Topics: USA Swimming & Cal Bears Teri McKeever; Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer

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Sports Lighting Expert Toine Schoutens On Performance Enhancements With Sun Substitutes

sports-lighting-SAD-expert-Toine-SchoutensJet lag, athletes & seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Minimizing the effect of jet lag and optimizing performance using light therapy — this week’s guest is an expert.

Toine Schoutens develops lighting technology, lamps and special wearable visors, and applies them to enhance the performance of world-class swimmers, soccer players, rowers, gymnasts and many others. If you think about how much time many indoor athletes spend out of the sun and/or travelling you¹ll realize how hugely important it is to improve on circadian rhythms, Vitamin D synthesis and coping with jet lag.

On the web, you can check out Toine’s site: www.fluxplus.com

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Topics: Sports lighting expert Toine Schoutens on performance enhancements with sun substitutes; minimizing jet lag; optimizing performance using light therapy; athletes & seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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Creatine: All About The Go-To Sports Nutrition Supplement

Over-training, performance enhancement, protein & recovery

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Creatine: It’s the go-to nutrition supplement for almost every high-performance athlete. But how much do you really know about it? Dr. Rick Kreider is the director of the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab at Texas A&M University and one of the world’s leading experts on creatine and other sports nutrition supplements. Rick is also the founding Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. This interview was carried out in February 2013.

exercise_and_sports_nutrition_bookSports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. You can subscribe to us on Apple iTunes and follow us on Twitter with the handle: @sportscoachtalk. And if you have a moment, we’d very much appreciate it if you could leave a short review on the Apple iTunes site. Your review will help other people find out about the show.

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