What Coach Don Meyer Taught Me

Coach Don Meyer’s presence made you want to sit up a little straighter. As a counselor at his Lipscomb basketball camp (the largest basketball camps in the nation at that time), I remember one day in particular. We had just eaten lunch in the cafeteria and he took a few moments to address the whole …

Three Keys to Pete Carroll’s Success

Without a strong allegiance to either team, I just wanted Super Bowl XLVIII to be a close, fun game to watch. It wasn’t, but during the media maelstrom I’ve learned more about Pete Carroll and his journey to becoming a Super Bowl Champion. In reading a number of different articles, three keys stood out to …

What 42 Taught Me About Toughness

I’ve been thinking about “toughness” lately (thanks to Jay Bilas for his book, Toughness). Yesterday I saw the movie 42 about the life of the amazing Jackie Robinson. Wow. Talk about toughness. I was deeply moved by the courage and strength that both Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson showed as pioneers and history makers. One …

Finding the Silver Lining When You Lose Your Job

After nine months at KPMG accounting firm I received a call to meet with a partner about my annual review. He told me that I was the opposite of most first year employees—I had the people skills but not the technical skills to succeed at the firm. They were letting me go. Never did I think that I would get fired from my first job out of college! Looking back, this marked a defining moment in my life.

Coaching Mental Toughness

Coaches know that talent gets a team only so far. Once teams get to a certain level, every team has talent. But championship teams have intangibles that set them apart from all the rest. One of those intangibles is mental toughness.   Last week, Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington spoke to an Army ROTC …

3 Questions with Texas A&M’s Bob Starkey

After 22 seasons at LSU (13 as part of the women’s basketball coaching staff) and a season at UCF, Bob Starkey begins his first season with the Texas A&M Aggies. Bob helped guide LSU to four SEC Championships, 12 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Sweet 16s, seven Elite Eights and five consecutive trips to the Final …

Though Kevin Cook found success as an assistant at Kansas and for the four-time WNBA champion Houston Comets, he may be experiencing his most rewarding success at Division III Gallaudet University, the world’s only all-deaf college. When he arrived in September 2007, he didn’t know sign language or that the team hadn’t won a conference …