5 Ways to Handle a Recruiting Miss

College coaches invest a ton of time, money and energy in the beast called recruiting. Phone calls, text messages, creative mailers. Planning and executing one-of-a-kind experiences otherwise known as official visits. All this in order to learn as much about recruits as possible—a process that goes on not for months, but typically years. And yet, even …

One Question That Will Change Your Culture

The big buzz word lately is “culture”. Everyone is talking about how to create it, improve it, maintain it. It’s not rocket science, but it’s a challenge nonetheless. In a recent podcast, Andy Stanley shared how team culture is hugely impacted by leaders who leverage their authority for the benefit of those under their authority. Leaders face …

Wisdom from the Penn State Coaches Panel

Last week the Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute (ADLI) here at Penn State hosted a coaches panel with four Penn State head coaches: Rob Cooper (baseball)—first year at Penn State; seven 30-win seasons at Wright State and the USA Baseball Coach of the Year Russ Rose (women’s volleyball)—winner of 5 of the last 7 National Championships …

Getting the Most From Your Team

In reading the classic leadership book The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner, I came across this gem: If leaders wish to get the best from others, they must: search for or create opportunities for people to outdo themselves find opportunities for people to solve problems, make discoveries, explore new ground, reach difficult goals or figure out …

Creating Cooperation

Some coaches create a culture of competition where players with similar skills battle it out each day to get better. Other coaches (like the one I work for) recruit complementary parts instead, where each player brings a unique skill set to perform a role that complements those of her teammates. I like this philosophy because …

Recruiting the Culture

Yesterday was a big day for a lot of high school athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent to play at the collegiate level. The recruiting process is so intense and at times overwhelming—I’m sure it’s a relief for them to finally sign on the dotted line! For you coaches, recruiting is a constant …