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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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Rio Focus: USA Water Polo’s Adam Krikorian Seeks a Second Gold: Re-broadcast

Athlete-to-coach transition, John Wooden UCLA legacy; Re-broadcast

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Adam Krikorian struck gold in his first Olympics as head coach – in London 2012 with the USA women’s water polo team. He began coaching the squad in 2009, in addition to having the same role at UCLA since 2000.
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Adam is a former standout water polo player himself, with lots of fascinating things to say about making the transition from athlete to coach. You’ll hear about how the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden has been major source of inspiration. Like Wooden,

Adam is refreshingly modest and open, qualities that were dramatically apparent in the later stages of the Olympics, which you’ll also hear about when he discusses a key mistake he made and its aftermath.
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Swimming Coach Chris Plumb of Carmel: Developing Dominance

Team values and personal principles

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Rounding up teenagers at 6:30 in the morning six days a week, 50 weeks a year and turning them into champions, over and over again. Sounds like hard work but also tremendously satisfying for swimming coach Chris Plumb. Chris has helped produce dozens of Olympic caliber athletes at the nationally ranked Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, Indiana. He’s been with the club for over a decade and became head coach in 2006.

Carmel has won the USA Swimming Gold Medal Club of Excellence in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is also head coach of the Carmel High School Swim Team, whose girls’ squad has won 28 consecutive state champions.

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 adviser and leadership consultant. 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.

Key topics: Team values, personal principles, sports-specific training, developing mental toughness

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Miami Hurricanes and AP Basketball Coach of the Year Jim Larrañaga

Master motivator and community builder

jim-larranaga1What a year it’s been so far for Jim Larrañaga: A 29 and 7 record coaching the University of Miami Hurricanes basketball team, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16. The Associated Press Coach of the Year Award. And very recently a new contract with the ‘Canes that will take him to 2022. If all continues going well, Larrañaga will be a leader in top level college basketball about a decade beyond the retirement age of most of his peers.

Sports 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.
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Coach Larrañaga accepted the University of Miami job in April 2011, after having led George Mason University in Virginia for 14 seasons, compiling a 68% win record and making the NCAA Final Four in 2006. Before that he was at Bowling Green in Ohio for 11 seasons, winning 58% of their games.

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Double Olympic Volleyball Finalist Hugh McCutcheon on Coaching Across Cultures & Genders

Team dynamics, tactics & intensity

Very, very few hugh-mccutcheon_with_teamcoaches have brought both a men’s team and a women’s team to an Olympic championship final. Hugh McCutcheon has, winning gold for the USA male volleyball squad in Beijing and silver for the female squad in London.

Hugh, who was born and raised in New Zealand, also has a novel perspective on elite team performance in the  U.S. being the rare non American to head a top Olympic team.

Sports 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.
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Hugh is currently head coach of the women’s volleyball team at the University of Minnesota. We had a fascinating and wide-ranging chat recently about his extensive professional development journey, the differences between male and female athletes, the American high-performance sports culture and lots more.

 

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Bucknell Basketball’s Paulsen on Principle-Driven Team Building

NCAA Division I, Mike Muscala, Communication

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Big league college basketball is in focus this week on Sports Coach Radio. We’re joined by Dave Paulsen, head coach of the Bucknell University men’s team. Dave is an inspiring member of a younger generation of emotionally intelligent basketball coaches who achieve great results with today’s somewhat more demanding young athletes.
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Sports 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.

Dave Paulsen has steadily worked his way up the coaching ranks, spending his first 14 years as a head coach with NC double A Division II and III schools. His most successful stint was at his alma mater, Williams, the elite “Little Ivy” college in north western Massachusetts. He posted a 76 per cent winning record during six seasons at Williams.
Dave_Paulsen_standingDave moved up to Division I Bucknell, in central Pennsylvania, in 2008. There he experienced a first season best characterized as “challenging” – winning 7 and losing 23. Since then it’s been onward and upward: a 14 and 17 record in 2009-10, 25 and 9 in 2010-11, 25 and 10 in 2011-12, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament and this past season, the record in the history of the school 28 and 5 when Bucknell again reached the second round of the tournament. If this rate of improvement continues, we’re going to hear quite a lot about Dave Paulsen over the coming years. He was jointly named the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 13 Coach of the Year.

We caught up with him the other day en route to his daughter’s lacrosse game. Now normally we say don’t drive and philosophize about coaching at at the same time, but Dave does rather a good job at it.
Highlights
– Respect needed for the coach more than liking
– Primacy of the team will always win out over the individual
– “The longer I coach the more important values become.”
– Bucknell Basketball Core Values: Passion, Talk, Toughness & Focus
– Compel them to communicate, if not punish them
– On verbal and physical coaching abuse at Rutgers: “Shocking”

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UNC Soccer’s Anson Dorrance: Possibly the World’s Winningest Coach Ever

NCAA & Olympic Soccer; Mia Hamm
anson_dorrance_teamThis week we welcome a coach who has won 93% of his games over the past 33 years, including the latest season. For Anson Dorrance of the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer team, and former head coach of the U.S. women’s national team, the unwieldy word “winningest” has to apply. Coach Dorrance is very possibly the winningest elite-level coach in the world, in any sport, ever.

Sports 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.
anson_dorrance_sherlong_4fIn addition to bringing home the women’s World Cup in 1991, coach Dorrance has won 21 national championships. He even had a winning streak of 9 championships and 92 victories in a row, finishing in 1994.

Coach Dorrance is rightly famous for innovative techniques and tactics, a ferocious approach to competition and being an expert on the female athletic psyche. So far he has developed 17 of his young women into national players of the year, including Mia Hamm, considered by many to be one of the very best female soccer players ever.

Here’s how Coach Dorrance’s 93% win record compares to some other all-time great coaches:
Knute Rockne: 84%, John Wooden: 80%, Dean Smith: 78%, Mike Krzyzewski: 76%, Phil Jackson: 69%, Alex Ferguson 58%