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Well known coaches Grant, Reeve, Kill and the founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), Jim Thompson, shared their formulas for creating a successful program at the professional, college and youth levels at a Postive Coach Alliance (PCA) breakfast meeting on Feb 14th at Target Field to a sold out event.
With Randy Shaver moderating, a number of topics were discussed by the coaches, all of whom have had very successful careers. They all had specifics to their sport but much more in common.
Each coach took over programs that could be considered broken and have had to repair the culture and rebuild their organizations. They each emphasized the need to have the right culture and committment by the players.
Coach Kill insists on being on time, do what you are supposed to do every day, do well in school and do your best on the field every day.
Coach Grant has a wonderful group of assistant coaches, and they make sure practice is fun and useful. The staff spends a great deal of time making sure all players feel like an important part of the team and that the coaches really care about them.
Cheryl Reeve, from the World Champion Lynx, upon taking the job had to rebuild the roster and develop a team environment that keeps players focused and competing hard in practice as they prepare for games. She uses three key players on her team to lead by example every day.
Here are are some additional take aways from the terrific event:
Jerry Kill says football saved his life, and they believe they are saving the lives of each player on the Gopher squad by teaching life lessons and holding them accountable every day.
These great coaches are from football and basketball, but they would be successful in any sport or in business for that matter. These are universal principles.