Coach Brad · Leadership · Success

Dr. Steele and His Valuable Message

The following passage is from Dr. Steele, a principal in the Alabaster City School System. The thoughts are amazing, the ideas are timeless, and the concepts are extremely meaningful for coaches and teachers.  Follow the blog written by Dr. Steele at the following link: http://www.steelethoughts.com/ and enjoy this passage. I have had the privilege of working with… Continue reading Dr. Steele and His Valuable Message

Coach Brad · Coaching · Education · Leadership · Youth Sports

Innovate Youth Sports

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek What could be the future of innovation for youth sports? No preference for the impact of positive or negative…simply how will youth sports innovate. My personal thoughts include ideas that could include: Flying… Continue reading Innovate Youth Sports

Coach Brad · Coaching · Development · Education · Leadership

The Great Difference Maker: Coach…

Expert coaches provide sport and life instruction during each personal interaction. In the previous blog post titled, “The Way Coaches Should Teach” the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs) were introduced. Within this post, it was loosely detailed how to create a baseball practice in which the focus was proficient fielding and coping under pressure.… Continue reading The Great Difference Maker: Coach…

Coach Brad · Coaching · Education · Leadership

The Way Coaches Should Teach

How does a coach determine which message to deliver to the athlete or team? How does a coach select one skill to be more important than another skill? Why does a coach select a certain activity to attempt to refine or improve the previously selected important skill? Will the coach create a learning environment where… Continue reading The Way Coaches Should Teach

Coach Brad · Education · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Success

Coach Education in the Limelight

Last week I was fortunate to attend and present at the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) National Coaching Conference. This opportunity was introduced to me by Dr. Jody Langdon as I was not familiar with the organization. As I became more knowledgeable about the USCCE, I began to realize the mission, structure, and… Continue reading Coach Education in the Limelight

Coach Brad · Education · Leadership · Success

Reflective Coaching Growth

Personal growth happens through constant reflection. Reflection about your daily wins and losses over time will culminate in personal growth. Refuse to review your past and you are sure to make the same mistakes over and over again. As coaches we move from a practice or game, player interaction, or discussion with a parent on to… Continue reading Reflective Coaching Growth

Coach Brad · Leadership · Youth Soccer Development · Youth Sports

Successful Organizations Plan for Success

With more than an estimated 41 million American children participating in competitive formalized sports, the social system of youth sports has become more complex with the increased involvement of parents and other adult administrators and coaches (Hilgers, 2006). While the programs will continue to grow into the future, it is vital to find a way that the… Continue reading Successful Organizations Plan for Success

Coach Brad · Coaching · Positive Sports Environment

Three Strategies for Increased Harmony Between Work and Life

Work-life conflict for coaches is a common trend for all levels including youth, high school, and collegiate sports (Nein, 2016). In order to live a life of greater satisfaction, follow these three strategies for increased balance between work and life. Strategy 1: Intentionally focus on strategies that limit work-life conflict. Communicate schedules, priorities, and future… Continue reading Three Strategies for Increased Harmony Between Work and Life

Coach Brad · Coaching · Leadership · Success

The Elephant in the Coaches Room

A typical day in the life of Coach… The standard day begins at 6 AM when Coach gets out of bed to begin the day. Helping his wife with two kids in the morning, grabbing breakfast for the road, and driving to school is always a rushed morning. In season, this is the only time… Continue reading The Elephant in the Coaches Room

Coach Brad · Coaching · Development · Leadership

Servant Leaders = Servant Coaches

Appropriate organizational leadership within athletics is an intriguing topic that promotes various opinions. When performed effectively, the organization flourishes in all on and off field aspects. On the other hand, ineffective leadership will quickly ruin the experience of everyone involved in the program. Leadership establishes the culture of the organization which plays a crucial role… Continue reading Servant Leaders = Servant Coaches