Conspicuous Penalty for Incognito: the new Raiders culture?

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders acquired some of the NFL’s most controversial players this offseason. The addition of Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict, and Richie Incognito excited many Raiders fans, who hoped for a rekindling of the aggressive, outlaw culture of 1980s Raider Nation. Visions of Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, and Lyle Alzedo danced in…

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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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Playing ‘For Us’ vs Playing ‘Against Them’

I am lucky to have been part of some amazing teams. In high school we won a Conference Championship and consistently knocked off top-ranked teams in the state; in college we were one of the winningest classes in school history; after college, my career was highlighted by National Championships in both Ireland and Spain. All…

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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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What Looms Under the Confetti…

The Toronto Raptors are World Champions! And while congratulations are due to Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and that incredible group of athletes, a subtle narrative looms under the black, purple, and red confetti… There was a championship on the line. What would you have done? Critique of Kevin Durant’s return and subsequent injury is a…

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The Secret to Integrity

In order to cultivate integrity in a young person, it essential to explain the logic (including potential repercussions) of their actions. Educators (coaches, parents, teachers of any kind) must lay the tracks for young learners so that one day they might be able to run down them. It is important that we don’t assume qualities…

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Developing a Championship Mindset

with Tufts University football Coach, Jay Civetti By the time the cork was pulled from the bottle of champagne, it was stale. For years it sat in a duffle bag, wrapped in towels, awaiting the end of the nation’s longest losing streak. The Tufts Jumbos went 0-31 over three seasons before it was popped. For…

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Weightroom Wisdom

In his new book, Weight Room Wisdom, Ron McKeefery recognizes the “opportunities our work affords us to provide a positive influence on the lives of those we train.” He’s not talking about winning a championship. He refers instead to the idea that some of the most empowering moments in an athlete’s life come not from…

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Championship Swim Culture through Dryland Routines

By Mac Guy and Jim Davis This article was originally published in NISCA Magazine as a compliment to a presentation by Coaches Guy and Davis at the 2017 ASCA World Conference. In 2016, the swim team we worked with was full of hard workers, dedicated student-athletes, and talented individuals. On the first day of dryland…

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Decoding Cam: A Case for Clarity in Our Evaluation of Leadership

This article was originally published by the Good Men Project in 2016, after the Carolina Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton was harshly criticized, and I felt that some clarity was needed in the discussion. Thanks to the original editors for printing this article. With the surprise dominance of…

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