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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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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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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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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Bulldog Strong

When Brandon Derrick enters a room, people notice. “All my life I’ve been a little stronger and bigger than other kids,” says the 6’3” 320 lb. powerlifter. Brandon is a freshman at McKendree University, where competes for their Powerlifting Team. He has an ear-to-ear smile, carries himself with confidence, and says he could not be…

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The Good, The Bad, & The Gary

Part One Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the most influential people on the planet. His Instagram following alone (7.3 million as of 12/16/2019) is approximately the size of Hong Kong. And his followers are not passive, they appear to be deeply engaged with his content. Gary Vaynerchuck is the king of social media. Much of…

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3 Ways to Coach for Inclusion, Equity, and Justice

By guest author, Maurice McDavid The role of “Coach” is one of the most impactful positions a person can have. The Good Athlete Project firmly believes in the research-backed idea that athletics provide a learning environment that is one of the most adept at producing results. Imbedded in daily practice, bus rides, and countless interactions…

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What Do You Coach For?

He closed the door to the dingy, underground locker-room before taking a seat on an old wooden bench and covering his face with his hand. The team was noticeably upset. Gene Hackman then delivers, in an inspired way, “What I say… is the law. Absolutely and without discussion.” Whether it’s Hoosiers or Rudy or Miracle,…

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