Tag: Athlete

A CHAMPION is born

There are many inspirational stories in life…the kind that tug at your heart all while demonstrating the enormous courage it takes to overcome adversity.  True champions…they are such, not simply because of the talents they were born with, nor are they defined by the championships they win. They are who they are, true champions, because... Read more »

You Get What You Reward

In my second year as the Boys’ Basketball Coach at Fairmont Prep Academy we are in the process of trying to establish a particular kind of culture and were having some trouble getting certain players to commit to things we felt were important. Some of this was the players not understanding yet, some was parental... Read more »

You Get What You Emphasize. Or Do You?

Anytime you enter into a new leadership position, whether it is in business, for an organization, or as a head coach at a different school, the first and primary task at hand is to begin to establish the kind of culture you are looking for. Jim Thompson, founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance... Read more »

Exceptional Superhero Strength Produces Inspiration for Others

It never ceases to amaze me, the inner strength of some…no matter what their circumstance. So much so that I get goose bumps watching and listening to their story. It’s simply impossible for me not to. Such is the case with Steve Hartman’s (CBS) story of power lifter Jonathan Stoklosa, a great share by my friend Bart... Read more »

Taking The "Im" Out of Impossible: A Matter of Connecting The "Dots"

It is in giving inspirational presentations to high school athletes that I have had the distinct opportunity to reflect on what allows a select few athletes to achieve greatness through adversity. This “special” ingredient is something that most certainly comes from within, permitting a competitor or a team to reach beyond normal limitations. It is... Read more »

Great Athletes Use a Special “Type” of Training - Part II

In Part I of our discussion, I left off with all the athletes agreeing that they had performed at least some of their skill set during that prior week’s practice, at its highest level, but had left you hanging a little regarding the more important question. That question: “Ok…good, now how many of you made... Read more »

Great Athletes Use a Special “Type” of Training - Part I

This past summer brought us Olympic champions like Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, and the like. Many watched in awe over the sheer greatness of their performances. It was an awesome spectacle. Professional athletes like Derrick Rose, Roger Federer, Drew Brees, and Derek Jeter also conjure up feelings of respect and admiration as their performances... Read more »

Sports: Athletes Seeking Championship Success Start With “ROA”

This past summer we watched some of the very best athletes in the world compete at the London Olympics. Whether it was swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte or Missy Franklin; gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman or Mckayla Maroney; or track’s Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton or Lolo Jones; all demonstrated the results that unequivocal dedication, commitment,... Read more »

Sports: High School Football Team Demonstrates How Deafness is NOT a Handicap

This past week my department head (Scott Lange) shot me an email stating that I might find the link he attached to be, well…interesting. And from my perspective, it was more than just interesting, it was inspiring. The article, titled “California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title, nearly lands spot... Read more »

Sports: Athletic Success Can be Measured by “The Little Things”

How many of you have heard the statement, “It’s the little things that make all the difference?” A lot, I would assume. Whether in this form or another, it is a commonly referenced statement in sports (at least from a coach’s standpoint). And as a former competitive athlete, it is something I subscribed to as... Read more »