This week, I wanted to bring back some of the best as we take a deeper dive into the perspective of winning coaches. The great thing about this compilation of coaches is that they compete in four different sports, but all of them are successful at the highest level and have been able to coach some of the best athletes in the world.
The lineup looks like this:
Head Swimming Coach, Arizona State University Swimming (and U.S. Olympic Coach of Michael Phelps)
Strength & Conditioning Coach across 23 sports including Super Bowl winners, World Series champions, and Olympians
Head Gymnastics Coach, The University of Alabama
They will be the first to tell you this – coaching isn’t easy. It challenges the competitive character and fiber of every single person in the entire organization. One of the biggest frustrations I hear from coaches is “What is it that I need to do to help my athletes win?” Win in life, win in athletics, and find the true competitor within themselves.
I hope you enjoy this episode and take a nugget or two from these elite coaches that will help you develop your team and start seeing the results you deserve!
02:35 – The consistency of Michael Phelps
03:35 – Becoming one of the best swimming coaches in the world
04:30 – Crafting a coaching philosophy
09:00 – Creating buy-in amongst elite-level athletes
13:40 – Importance of mentorship
18:20 – Striking a balance between time with family and being an SEC football coach
19:20 – Advice he gave to Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and Texas’ Tom Herman
20:45 – Talking about leadership vs. Modeling leadership
23:45 – Taking over for a legend and learning on the job
25:10 – How evolution of a coach is similar to that of an athlete
26:50 – Nick Saban’s advice to Dana
29:00 – Changing roles: Going from assistant coach to head coach