3 Keys to Championship Culture with Coach Mike Hohensee

In the early morning, before the sun has baked the mist of night from the green expanse of Skokie playfields in Winnetka, Illinois, you can find Coach Mike Hohensee mentoring student athletes. He’s adjusting the technique of a talented young quarterback. He’s focused on footwork, posture, and the nuances of elite performance. The athletes he’s…

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Athlete Spotlight: Eli Dertz

Athlete Spotlight: Elijah Dertz This fall, Elijah Dertz is entering his freshman year at Loras College. He will take the skills and lessons learned from his time at Eastland High School and apply them to this new chapter of his life. Being a student athlete requires a lot of discipline and hard work, but Dertz…

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Before Labeling an Athlete ‘Uncoachable,’ Try This

This article was first published with Power Athlete – thanks to their editors for the opportunity. Coaches are in the business of taking people to places they would not have been able to go alone. They are leaders, mentors, and motivators. They are guides. For these Sherpas of athletic purpose, there is nothing more frustrating…

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Bayless Skips the Modern Definition of ‘Leader’

This article was originally published over at TeamEmbrace.net Skip Bayless made headlines this week with his callous response to a professional athlete’s mental health concern. Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott admitted that when the quarantine first began he struggled with anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Bayless wasn’t having it. “I don’t have sympathy for him going public…

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Boost Your Brain with Dr. John Ratey

John Ratey changed my life. As an athlete and coach, I had felt the connection between body and mind – for me, there was never truly a divide between the two. Body and mind were part of the same synchronous unit. But it was not until I read Dr. Ratey’s book, “SPARK: The Revolutionary New…

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“Powerlifters are Pot-Smokers”: the Issue with Sample Bias

It is human nature to jump to conclusions based on our experience. Though the bark of a dog or a baby’s cry could mean many things, the listener will experience an immediate reaction. If the initial reaction is that the dog is angry and the baby is hungry, they will be correct… occasionally. Experienced professionals…

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Johannah Zabal’s Words to Live By

By Alex Nadolna We were down at the NSCA Coaches Conference down in San Antonio, Texas. Jim was giving presentations and I was gathering content, catching up with friends, and pulling together anything that could help me improve my program back home (at Saint Viator H.S.). One day while we were walking around the convention…

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Challenge Gone Wrong

Challenge is necessary. Stress is necessary. When they occur in appropriate doses and are balanced by proportionate recovery, challenge and stress create growth. Elite coaching cultures balance challenge and support, stress and recovery, in a way that makes growth not only a consistent possibility but an expectation. As a young coach I didn’t understand that,…

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Next Level Lion

Athlete Spotlight: Nick Yustin Nick Yustin will be heading off to Boston College in the fall. There, he will meet new people, navigate a new city and culture, and wrestle with advanced academics. He takes this next step with confidence. As an athlete at Saint Viator High School, he built skills which have prepared him…

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2020 Promising Practices in Character Development Announced

June 1, Washington, DC Character.org has certified 246 Promising Practices in schools and organizations across the country that foster character development in our children and teens. The Good Athlete Project’s Character by Design workshop was one of them. Jim Davis, Director of the Good Athlete Project, acknowledged that “although we do not do our work…

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