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Coaches Tips

ACADEMICS: YOUR PLAYERS IMPROVE

ACADEMICS: YOUR PLAYERS IMPROVE

Similar to showing that your players improve on-field, it’s important to track their academic and off-field improvements as well. Are their GPA’s improving? Can you show position GPA increases and team GPA increases semester-to-semester or year-to-year? Can you increase your number of Athletic Department or […]

EVALUATIONS: EVALUATING INTANGIBLES

EVALUATIONS: EVALUATING INTANGIBLES

Stats, measurables and video can tell you a lot—but the ultimate difference-maker when evaluating players is understanding and confirming intangibles. Every championship-caliber player and coach that I’ve worked for has had strong intangibles. Discuss as a staff the top 5-10 characteristics you would like for […]

TIPS FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS AND INTERNS: LISTEN TO RECRUITING CALLS

TIPS FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS AND INTERNS: LISTEN TO RECRUITING CALLS

I’ve learned from some of the best recruiters in the country. Each year there were some coaches who could sign nearly every player they pursued and other coaches who came up short every year. Great recruiters are on the phone 24/7! Any time outside of […]

ASSISTANT COACHES: MASTER YOUR POSITION

ASSISTANT COACHES: MASTER YOUR POSITION

Many of the assistant coaches that I’ve worked with aspired to be a head coach or coordinator. Almost every single one of them, at times, had their eye on their next promotion or dream job. Understandably! We’re in a goal-oriented, cut-throat business—OF COURSE we are […]

COACHES’ CORNER: BUILD A STAFF WITH A RANGE OF STAFF PERSONALITIES

COACHES’ CORNER: BUILD A STAFF WITH A RANGE OF STAFF PERSONALITIES

As staffs are built by position needs and geographic recruiting backgrounds, it’s also a good idea to build a staff that has a variety of personality strengths that are relatable and influential to your players. When hiring coaches or staff, it’s better to take your […]

COACHES’ CORNER: BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR CURRENT PLAYERS

COACHES’ CORNER: BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR CURRENT PLAYERS

To get the most out of your players, to push them beyond where they think they can go athletically, you must continue to develop this relationship consistently. And to sign great players for tomorrow, you must do an excellent job with the players you have […]

COACHES’ CORNER: EMPHASIZE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PROGRAM LEADERS

COACHES’ CORNER: EMPHASIZE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PROGRAM LEADERS

As a coach, realize that PEOPLE are your greatest resource. A priority each offseason is to identify your leaders for the next season. Teams change drastically every year. Players graduate, transfer in, transfer out, quit, get injured… and more importantly, GROW UP at their own […]

COACHES’ CORNER: SELLING YOURSELF – DEVELOP PLAYERS

COACHES’ CORNER: SELLING YOURSELF – DEVELOP PLAYERS

One of the most effective ways to get players to buy into your vision is to have a track record as a coach who develops their position players. Even if you are at a low-profile school, being able to have solid numbers and improvements of […]

COACHES’ CORNER: GET TO KNOW PEOPLE BY NAME

COACHES’ CORNER: GET TO KNOW PEOPLE BY NAME

Addressing their customers by name (and by writing it on each overpriced cup of coffee) is an intentional point of emphasis in the Starbucks Customer Service Experience, and likely plays a role in their lucrative customer loyalty. It’s no coincidence the billion-dollar brand hand-writes each […]

Coaches’ Corner: 180 ways to market your program to recruits

Coaches’ Corner: 180 ways to market your program to recruits

Some factors apply, some may not… What to Instagram, Tweet, Email out, Mail out and promote to prospects and their parents. Are you a national leader, leader within the conference or leader within the state? – Academic advising bullet points – technology, space, tutors available […]