Coaching with Energy from a Distance

“Be the energy catalyst in the room.” This is something that Jim Davis used to say to us all the time when I worked for him. It was some of the best advice I have received as a coach and something that I try and pass along to other coaches as well.You bring the energy,…

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Addressing Coronavirus Concerns through Strength: Powerlifting Nationals 2020

The Ivy League basketball tournament was the first to fall. Shortly after, the NCAA announced that March Madness and all other winter and spring championships were cancelled in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus. Seasons – careers – for thousands of athletes across the country came to a screeching halt. It was the right…

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Equity through Ultimate at CAHPERD 2020

CAHPERD (the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) put on a fantastic conference this weekend just outside of Anaheim, CA. The theme of the week – “In Focus” – was everywhere. Conversations on attention networks in the brain, social emotional learning, and mindfulness were occurring not only in the lecture halls but…

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Beyond Strength: Knox College Powerlifting, 2020

The energy in the E & L Andrew Fitness was palpable. Winter sunlight cascaded through the expanse of windows in the Knox College weightroom to highlight a bar loaded with almost 600 pounds. GiHo Jeong was approaching the platform. One year prior, GiHo was leading the Whitney Young High School powerlifting team to its first…

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Character by Design at the NSCA National Coaches Conference, 2020

Simon Sinek’s wildly popular TedTalk encouraged an audience to identify the heart of their purpose (their why) in order to fuel their actions (their how and their what). Why do you do the work you do? As the dregs of routine take over – early mornings and long nights, countless small fires to be managed…

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The Battle for the Alamodome: Munguia vs O’Sullivan, 1/11/2020

The towel hit the floor with :41 left in the 11th round. Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan fought brilliantly all night, but Jaime Munguia had him against the ropes. Spike’s corner knew that strength was O’Sullivan’s advantage and that his chance to win depended on his ability to land a knockout blow. A tough but tiring O’Sullivan could surely have…

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Should Joe Burrow Avoid Cincinnati?

In 2004, Eli Manning stood at the podium beside Paul Tagliabue as the number one overall draft pick. The San Diego Chargers could not resist selecting the highly rated collegiate passer, even though he and his family had publicly stated that he did not want to play for the Chargers. They called his name anyway,…

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Strength is Never a Weakness: “The Hudy Effect” in Austin, Texas

The strength of the Texas basketball team is – more than ever before – its strength. The gifted young men in burnt orange are a little bigger this year, a little stronger, a touch more powerful. Some call it “the Hudy effect.” In August of 2019, Andrea Hudy took over as Head Coach for Basketball…

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Charlie Brewer Needs to Quit Football

On New Year’s day, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer went down with a head injury, again. It was his fourth concussion this season. The tackle that sent him out did not seem like a devastating blow. One announcer called it “fairly routine.” The issue wasn’t the hit, it was the state of his brain. Less than…

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Beyond Strength & the Good Athlete Project

#BeyondStrength is an initiative of the Good Athlete Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at maximizing the potential of athletics in education. The central mission of #BeyondStrength is to highlight the opportunity of strength training to teach lessons that extend beyond the weight room. Coaches who accept this charge go beyond strength to empower people for…

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