The Coach’s Coach

Working with my own coach changed my professional and personal life.

I sleep better, win a lot and enjoy all parts of my world more.

After 25 years coaching college athletics, 500 wins and what felt like a “good career”, our program was lacking luster and I found myself giving myself reassurance with a refrain of “we’re good”.

A friend asked me, “ARE you good?”, and in a moment of clarity I asked myself and found an answer I didn’t like.

No, we were not good.

I needed a coach.

Having one in my world changed me, changed my coaching and made my program and teams better.

A lot better.

The best professional athletes and musicians–even politicians and doctors–have coaches.

They act simply as set of eyes and ears, or to stay up on the latest techniques and certainly to ask the tough questions that allow those pros to succeed.

I believe that everyone should have a coach.

Why don’t most professional college coaches have coaches?


Coaching is hard.

The challenges come at us from all angles, the players (and, often, assistants) we work with–the ones we love from the start and the forever-challenging ones–all leave after just a few short years, our constituencies seem to demand more and more and sometimes it feels as if no one ever prepared us for this job!

Most coaches don’t have bulletproof systems to protect them from real slumps, and many know more about the game than:

  • how to run a team
  • how to develop assistant coaches
  • how to recruit the right type of player
  • how to be a cog in the department, institution and sport

…and many don’t know where to turn for help. Asking your boss shows weakness, asking your colleagues seems an imposition, and it feels like coaches should simply know this stuff.

How were we supposed to learn when many coaches went from playing the game to being “Coach” without any training at all.

Twenty-five years into my coaching career my eyes were opened to the fact that I was caring a lot, working a ton, grasping for solutions to problems that seemed to come out of nowhere…and not getting better.

I stumbled upon my Coach, a person who simply asked great questions and challenged me to make being a part of my program a better experience for all.

Implementation of what I now call the GT3 System allowed me to see clearly and articulate clearly what it meant and what it took to be a part of my program, and more importantly it allowed me to communicate that with clarity to everyone around me.

Our teams had a three year winning percentage of

.474 in 2010-2012.

It was

.791 in 2016-2019.

I was then and remain convinced that a customized coaching system can change the world of an athletics department, the coach, the administrators and players.

Anyone who has a team will benefit from having a coach.

Reach out to schedule a call to talk more about my 1:1 Customized Coaching programs, departmental & coaches’ meetings and other conversations.

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