Sunday, July 11, 2021

Three to ponder...

Coaching education never seems to stop. Scroll social media and there are thousands of people chiming in, some opinions based on fact and others based on..well...opinion! But there is no shortage of content, in it's various forms, for coaches to glean from.

Humbly, here are three recommendations for you to ponder.

First is one of the best coaching books to come out in some time. Doug Lemov is a teacher of teachers and has written extensively on the subject of teaching more efficiently and successfully. In December he released a book for coaches called "The Coaches Guide to Teaching." Upon the books release and promotion, COVID forced teachers to change how they taught and Lemov pivoted and focused his energies on students learning from Zoom and video and the hybrid styles of learning that teachers were being forced into. In some ways, this may have cost Lemov some readers but this book is invaluable. 

Most coaching books talk about many of the same things, just with different acronyms and stories that sell the same ideas. In Lemov's journey, he touches on things that many of us don't think about. For example, there is a significant number of pages dedicated to forgetting. The idea of your athlete taking in everything you said at practice and implementing it at the next one is, in a word, absurd. He candidly talks about how much we all forget and how to help teach after the forgetting happens.

Lemov dives into this idea of learning and focuses much of his book on Coaches becoming better teachers, and uses both field and classroom examples you can pull up on YouTube as a companion to the point he is making. 

The book is practical, well written and devoid of fluff. Every coach should look into Lemov's ideas to become a better teacher and this book is a valuable asset in that journey.

Another less obvious choice for coaches this summer is a play turned into a streaming movie. Illusionist, card shark and memorist Derek Delgaudio's one man show, called "In & Of Itself" was recommended by Coaching Guru John Kessel. 

Delgaudio forces viewers into the notion that too often, we see people how we want to see them and often how they want to be seen. But in a thoughtful progression of stories and audience participation, we realize that we are not just one thing. We are so many things and in an extraordinary exercise midway through the film, we see the transformation of people before your very eyes.

Think of how many times we have looked at an athlete and branded them with our perception? "She is slow," or "He is lazy," or "She will never be a setter!" Who gives us the right? More importantly, why should that athlete be boxed into someone else's perception?

Delgaudio forces you to look at how we put people into categories and how we can upend those ideas with a little more effort., kindness and opening of our minds.

The film is riveting, funny, irreverent and will have you thinking about it for days after. 

Finally, while many of you probably already subscribe to this podcast, Ryan Holiday's "The Daily Stoic" is a quick and rich daily thought about the ideas of stoicism in your busy life.

Holiday has taken the tenets of Stoicism and put them into several best selling books that are often sprinkled on a coaches shelf. Those include, "Ego is the Enemy," "The Obstacle is the Way" and "Stillness is the Key."

In this 3-4 minute podcast, Holiday takes an idea from the Ancient Stoic's writings and philosophy and helps you implement those ideas into your daily rigor. The four ideas of what they called virtue: wisdom, justice, temperance and courage and sifting them into your coaching practices may help you cement your coaching philosophy going forward.

Holiday's podcast also offers many in depth interviews with a range of people, from authors and athletes to scholars and historians. But the three to four minutes spent with Stoic philosophy can help open your mind to a better athlete centered coaching style.

If you have some recommendations like these, please share with us and the other coaches. 

Find a way...

At the end of every season, UCLA coach John Wooden would sit down with his coaches, pore over his statistics for the season, talk with his players and come up with this question: "What do I need to get better at?"

It might have been in bound plays, it might have been isolation sets or maybe just how he interacted with players in certain situations. In the era before the cell phone and internet, Wooden would write letters, make calls, drive to camps to watch other coaches and discuss the things Wooden thought they were better at then him. He would take these ideas and changes, put them into his upcoming season and then do it all again the next summer, win or lose. 

For most of us, our seasons are over. 

What do you need to get better at? 

Can you sit down objectively and make a list of the things you did well and the things you did not? If you DO make that list, show it to your assistant or head coaches for their honest feedback. Show it to your club director, mentor or coaching friends. Show it to your players as they are the ones that will have the best feedback for you.

It can be scary to be examined like this. Your defensive hackles will rise up, your excuses will pour out of you- we are, after all, human. But what can you do to make this exercise work? If you struggle with taking criticism or compliments, do it through text or e mail. If you can handle it in person, it is much more pure and free of interpretation. But find the way to get the information and feedback and then act upon it.

There are thousands of coaching books- most of them on tape as well. There are more podcasts now than books in the New York Public Library- many volleyball pods. But also, coaching pods, sports psych pods, motor learning pods, etc.

If you don't have coaching friends, make some. Talk to some higher level coaches and ask for advice. Ask to take them to lunch or coffee and pick their brain. Find a team you liked and admired from last season that did the things well that you didn't and talk to that coach. 

Find a way.

Like many coaches, some sharks must keep swimming and moving forward or they will drown and die. Coach, either start your journey or continue it, but being a life long learner is paramount to coaching success. 

As always, our most important coaching tool is the mirror. Look inside- what can you get better at?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Resemble or rebel?

There is one gift than any coach should be excited to receive. It would be motivating, eye opening and hopefully generate self reflection that makes us better teachers AND better learners.

It's not a video series, a book or a cool leather organizer with clipboard, lineup wheel and small white board inside. It's much simpler.

A mirror.

As a player, working hard- hustling and running and hitting the floor, what does it tell them when the coach is sitting...SITTING on the other side of the court watching and shouting instruction?

What does it tell a team when a coach enters  and plays in the drill while eligible players are left to stand off, waiting their turn to get better at a sport they might now be falling out of love with? 

How about the beach coach that pulls up a chair in the shade and sits down, watching the kids in the clinic sweating and running through their drills and workout under the blazing sun.

Put yourself in their shoes for just a minute. How do YOU feel about the boss that flies first class but leaves you in coach? How about when she decides to take the afternoon off to be with her family but doesn't allow you the same opportunity? Or the manager that makes you wear a mask while you are working but then never wears theirs? Can you feel your blood starting to boil just reading these scenarios? 

American Statesman Adlai Stevenson once said, "A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation."  

Look in that mirror and check yourself. If you were an athlete, would your posture, your body language, your conduct be that of which your athletes would want to resemble or rebel against? If a player sat down in your team huddle, what would be your response? 

A culture is only as good as the model of it's leader. As a coach, you have a chance to significantly impact your culture, your athletes and how they represent the sport you are coaching. Hypocrisy is a curse upon culture that is an ever opened wound.

Let's see our reflection and be the intention.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Finding the grace in the random...

 In the evening of April 2nd in San Antonio, random was exposed.

It happened again the next evening in Indianapolis and again the evening after that back in San Antonio.

Hearts shattered and redeemed, coaches vilified or christened in just 17.6 seconds across three of the most important basketball games in the lives of these programs. And they all fell to one thing:

The last possession.

It’s that moment where coaches moonwalk on a razor blade. It’s where a player’s confidence, future and brand can be enriched or scuttled. Every coach wants it and hates to have it taken from them, like spoiled toddlers fighting over a toy. And in three days in early April, with the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I basketball Championships on the line, it took 17.6 seconds over the ending of three games to prove something that we all must embrace.

Random rules!

As coaches, we play to our strengths. If we have a good serving team, we want the ball in our hands serving at 24-23. At the higher levels, we want the ball served to us so we can run our offense. The last possession is the stomach churning, nail biting crescendo of sports.

And as much as we think we can control it, random wins more times than not. Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan had 18 last shot opportunities in the playoffs over his career.

He made 9. The greatest player of his generation made 50% which is a remarkable number, but still just half.

Most of us coaching would LOVE to have MJ taking the last shot in our playoff game. We love to have our best server at the line at 24-23. We would love to have our best rotation receiving serve at 24-23.

And here is where the place card holder for Random is placed because sometimes, as the game goes, you will have your best server at the line, and sometimes not. At that point, the volley gods are in control.

Players miss serves, balls get blocked or hit out of bounds, passes get shanked or in rare cases called in when they are out or vice versa. The randomness of sport is the DNA by which we exist. We train and practice so those moments WILL work when called upon on that last possession, but even with all the training and reps and experience, sometimes random wins.

April 2nd in the Alamodome, the last 8.2 seconds of their NCAA Women’s semifinal, South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston stripped the ball from Stanford’s 6-4 Freshman Cameron Brink. Boston saw teammate Brea Beal streaking down the court and shoveled the ball to her. Beal ran the left side of the court in three dribbles and put up an 8’ falling away layup attempt that caromed off the back of the rim into the hands of Aliyah Boston who gathered and pushed up a 7’ shot at the buzzer…that was an inch too long. It bounced off the back of the rim and Stanford was heading to the National Championship game.

While so much is going on in this last 8.2 seconds, three players’ lives were casually altered by random. The Stanford Freshman Brink would have been devastated if one of the South Carolina shots had fallen. On the flip side, both Boston and Beal might have been heroes if their shots had connected. The road less travelled…

As it was, Boston has probably made that shot thousands of times in practice and in games, Beal’s layup is probably something she has shot and made hundreds of times in her career and Brink, at 6-4, probably doesn’t have the ball stripped from her all that much. But that night, that 8.2 seconds, random ruled and Stanford went on.

The next night in Indianapolis, the Men’s #1 seed Gonzaga saw their game v. UCLA in the semifinal tied in overtime when UCLA’s Sophomore Johnny Juzang put back his own shot with 3.3 seconds left. Gonzaga immediately inbounded the ball on the run to Jalen Suggs, a 6-4 freshman guard who raced up the court in three dribbles and pulled up 40 feet from the rim, in front of the outstretched arms of UCLA’s 6-4 David Singleton and extending his legs and arms, launched the ball which arced into the back of the glass and banked through the net. Gonzaga was moving on to the National Championship game.

The Monday morning quarterbacks might have wondered why Juzang didn’t take a little more time off the clock before his shot? Why didn’t UCLA pick up Suggs full court defensively and make him burn time running around defenders. And if Singleton had maybe timed his jump a little differently, maybe he gets a finger tip on the ball that changes that shot enough to force a second overtime.

The What if’s…Why didn’ts…They should’ves….I would’ves…

The moment is fraught with energy, pressure, fear, excitement, split second decision making, reading the play, past experiences. Sitting in a broadcast booth, it’s easy to criticize or lionize, but in that moment often times random is king.

In the Alamodome on April 4th, it happened once again. This time, the University of Arizona was playing Stanford for the National Championship and again, Stanford was forced to relinquish the last possession. With 6.1 seconds left and Stanford up 54-53, the Wildcats inbounded the ball to their All American guard, 5-6 Aari McDonald. The inbounds play lobbed it into McDonald’s outstretched hands at almost half court. She was the reigning PAC 12 Player of the Year and Stanford probably knew the ball was going into her hands.

She was quickly double teams as she snaked her way toward the three point line and stepped in front of it but a wall of Stanford defenders stood tall as a third Cardinal swept in to help. With 1.6 seconds left, McDonald stepped back, turned around and let the shot fly over 6 outstretched arms as the arena stopped breathing.

The ball hit the back of the iron and fell away as the buzzer sounded. Stanford survived not having the last possession once again, this time with a National Championship. Aari lowered her head and began to cry.

All three of these shots, so important to so many, were decided by millimeters, by the push of an arm to much or too little, by the friction of a fingertip: those micro moments deciding the fate of players, coaches and programs for years to come.

Embrace her or disregard her, be arrogant enough to think you have control of her, but random owns us at times. And while the sports world loves to blame and second guess, rarely do they speak of the randomness of the game.

It’s important to note one more thing. In South Carolina’s loss to Stanford, the first person to console Aliyah Boston was Assistant Coach Fred Chmiel. The first one to console Aari McDonald was Wildcat head coach Adia Barnes. And when Suggs hit his 3 pointer at the buzzer, Gonzaga coach Mark Few shook his head in disbelief, walked calmly to shake hands and embrace a gutted UCLA coach Mick Cronin and let his team have the spotlight for their performance.

Great Coaches and coaching staffs aren’t random. They are caring, hard working, forward thinking men and women who find the grace in the random.

It’s a lesson for us all.

Friday, December 25, 2020

"...More Powerful, More Cruel."

Some years back, a High School coach was overheard talking to her team about the upcoming match. One of her players, a smaller underclassman who did not see much playing time through most of the season but continued to be positive throughout, listened intently as the Coach finalized the game plan. At the end of the pre game chat, the Coach looked at this younger player and told her she would be going in to serve for one of the middles. The player was so excited. Her Parents and friends in the stands would finally get to see her play!

The game started but when it was time for her to serve, the middle walked behind the service line and fired one into the net.

The player was perplexed and looked at the Coach who was deep in thought about the match.

Moments later, the middle went back to serve again. This time, thinking the Coach had just forgotten, stood up as if to sub into the match.

The Coach didn’t notice.

Finally with the game in the balance, the middle went back to serve again. Summoning up her courage, she asked the Coach if she wanted her to go in? The Coach looked down at the bench and motioned for the younger player to sit back down.

What doesn’t matter is who won or lost that game or the ones that came after. This player was crushed. The Coach had unwittingly or not, eviscerated this players confidence in both herself AND her Coach with one thoughtless gesture.

If the Coach was asked about her reversal of this young player’s fortune, she might deflect to “the player didn’t understand what I meant,” or maybe, “I just forgot,” or even still, “The match was too close to take a chance.”

Zeynap Tufekci is a Turkish born Sociologist and writer who works with the University of North Carolina. Her writings and observations on the early days of the Corona Virus eliminating the politics, non science and public hysteria led the New York Times to publish an article entitled, “How Zeynep Tufekci Keeps Getting the Big Things Right!” Her weekly blog is widely read and covers many different topics.

In one of her blogs from early December, she talked about her early life in Turkey. “I grew up in the aftermath of the coup in Turkey, the one in 1980, following a generation that had a lot of grim experience with some of the worst conditions of repression—jails, detention, torture. They were not just older but often seemed impossibly distant from those of us who had not lived through any of the horrors they would sometimes hint at but rarely discuss openly but not really talk about. Their words often sounded like puzzles we could not make sense of, and their advice was cryptic.”

“I remember a discussion about how one should never hope, but one also should never lose hope. I later learned that one of their defining experiences of the preceding generation was the detention period in the police headquarters. It was the worst phase—where the torture happened, and where people tried to endure and survive until they got transferred to the courts. They didn’t get justice in the courts, but they got relief from the worst. They’d see a judge and be sent to prison, which was certainly not a holiday but at least offered the relative safety of a ward with fellow prisoners.”

Then Tufekci talked about the loss of hope. “Apparently, one of the ways the torturers would try to break people during detention was to plant false hope—tomorrow you’ll be transferred, they’d promise—which, of course, didn’t happen, crushing people’s endurance in ways the horrific physical torture did not. The mind-games were more powerful, more cruel.”

It may seem like a tectonic stretch to compare the horrors of a political struggle with not being able to serve in a volleyball match, but the false hope argument is a way, intentional or not, of crushing people’s endurance.

For this player, it could be the difference between playing on in a sport she loves or quitting, being part of a positive culture or pulling away from the team, being a player who would do anything for this coach or the player who distrusts and dismisses everything they say going forward.

It's easy to get lost in the minutiae of a match and as coaches, we have all had this happen to us. But giving a player hope only to yank it away is cruelty.

Maybe this happened to you in your youth sport or school career? Imagine you are given your dream job coaching at a high level D1 job only to have the AD call you the next day and rescind the offer. How crushed would you feel.

What a Coach says to their players may be just lip service for the coach, but it can be monumental for the players. What is said must be clear, concise and most of all, UNDERSTOOD!

We can all do better at this in our everyday encounters with people, but our athletes, who we pledge to take care of, treat well and respectfully and most of all train to flourish as players AND people deserve even more of our attention to detail.

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Stopover...

The 2020 (now 2021) Olympic mantra has been, “Path to the Podium.” Olympic hopefuls from all over the U.S. and from different sports have used this to show their journeys through promotional videos and interviews.

There is a question that begs to be answered though. Knowing where these Olympic athletes are now, would it have helped if they had known what was needed beforehand to book their trip to Tokyo years later?

The U.S. Women’s National Team coach and volley legend in his own right, Karch Kiraly recently answered an e mail query about what the exceptional athletes in his U.S.A. gym have in common. And it’s a good jumping off point for asking if we as Coaches and Parents are really doing what is best for our athletes? 

Karch, who has been at the helm of the women’s National Team since 2013 and was an assistant the quad before, has self admittedly grown into the position and commands the respect of his athletes with his non negotiable pillar of a growth mindset. It’s not uncommon for him to approach guests in his Anaheim training facility after a practice and ask them for suggestions of what he can do better.

This idea of this unique perpetual learning space has trickled down to his team and they embrace this philosophy with both hands. In the question that prompted this post, Karch was asked NOT to mention a growth mindset because it has become synonymous with his program- from the top down. No need to mention the obvious.

“Every Women’s National Teamer is unique, each brings her own set of special skills and traits to our program - so it’s not necessarily easy or fair to generalize,” he began in his answer. This in itself telling of a coach that understands the idea of “needs based” coaching- not the one-size-fits-all so prevalent still in teaching but tailoring the training for the individual to get the best out of them while keeping the entire group engaged and moving forward.

Karch goes into his first of three characteristics he recognizes in the athletes that are exceptional enough to garner an invite into his gym.

“A common trait to be found among this special group is toughness and grit. You don’t earn your way into our gym, joining and battling the best players in the country and a number of the best in the world, without facing down some serious failures, losses and ‘crashes’ along the way. That path includes USA Select, Youth National Teams, Junior National Teams, High School, juniors, College, Professional, and our Women’s National Team itself.”

Failures, losses and crashes as a precursor to volleyball excellence? Many Olympic athletes in all sports have had hiccups in their ascent to the top of their sport. Injuries, bad coaches, lack of facilities or funding are all part of an Olympians journey. But looking back from this we have to ask…

As a parent, do you allow your athlete to go through the “failures, losses and crashes along the way” or do you deflect these from your child? Do we give them a bumper car life to keep them safe and never let them know how acrid the taste of defeat can be?

Coaches, do we allow our kids to make mistakes or just pull them from matches when they “don’t seem to have it today?” When will your ‘worst server’ get a game-like chance to get better? When do we stop looking at mistakes as the wrong numbers on a scoreboard and realize they are vital learning opportunities and the essence of learning? 

National Team players have made peace with failure. They are not necessarily happy or comfortable with it, but they understand it is part of the process. Karch’s gold medal sights were upset in the semi finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics by Serbia, 13-15th in the fifth set. The players and coaches were distraught. But they overcame their disappointment and went on to win the mentally hardest sets in the Olympic volleyball competition, the bronze medal match 3-1 v. the Netherlands.

As parents and coaches, what can we do for our teams, programs and institutions, to understand this key component to excellence? Can we stop playing the short game and understand losing is a part of sport and is not to be sequestered with blame, anger and disappointment?

“Another common trait is of course execution.” Karch says of his second characteristic. “If someone can’t execute the skills that her position demands at a consistent and elite level, or can’t learn to do so in the early years of her post-college volleyball career, it’s going to be very difficult for that person to keep earning a place within the program.”

Coaches, pull out and look at your practice plan for tonight. Are your athletes going to get game-like reps in a way that promotes the transfer and retention of those skills over the long haul, or are we just putting together a playlist of simple, one dimensional, unrealistic activities to keep the kids busy for 90 minutes? Will your training start with your 15 minute diatribe about working hard in practice to be followed up with going-through-the-motion drills that stymie their creativity and put a noose around their ability to self discover?

Coaches, this falls on us. Science tells us how to train optimally. The attention span of our athletes tells us if what we are doing is working and engaging. The improvements over weeks and months are an indicator of successful methods. Is your path one that you would be comfortable with your son or daughter taking? 

“A third common trait would be the ability to make the people around oneself better.” Karch says of a quality he shined at in his playing career. “Our former Men’s National Team coach Bill Neville would call this, ‘Elevating the play of those around you.’ Teammate-ship, communication, leadership, poise under stress and reading ability are just a few things to come to mind when contemplating the myriad of ways of elevating people around us.”

Pick a team sport and this quality is monumental; the nucleus of the team atom. In the years the U.S.A. National teams have done poorly or underachieved, a lack of leadership and/or chemistry was often the poison pill.

As Parents, how can we help raise strong leaders and communicators? It’s certainly not by hiding them from rough waters and potential shipwrecks. You hear successful teams refer to their “glue guys,” the ones that keep everyone on the same path, the ones that will grab the strays and bring them back to the herd, the ones that lead by example on and off the court and yet are still able to put the team ahead of their own interests and ego.

In this age of I, it’s harder than ever. Social media dictates that the ‘me’ is more important than the ‘we’ and our every post is critiqued by the whimsy of likes and follows. This flimsy veil of confidence cannot stand up to the tensile strength rigors of leading a team into battle. Add to this the lack of opportunities facing adversity and you have a recipe for poor or vacant leadership.

Can we change? Of course: our training, our feedback, our points of emphasis, our focuses can all be manipulated toward the kind of athletes Karch wants in his National Team gym. Is it easy? No; change never is. But these three qualities: toughness and grit, execution and the ability to make those around them better are also traits that are defined in a valued and relevant life. 

Karch Kiraly’s generous insight has given us a look at the Path to the Podium with a stopover in his National Team gym and a map of how to get there. It’s up to us to use his wisdom and insights here to better prepare our athletes for what might be their journey, the same path that we too, as coaches and parents, must be better at paving.

Monday, September 28, 2020

...As Slow as Possible....

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

On September 5, 2020 at the St. Burchardi Church in Halberstadt, Germany, a throng of musical enthusiasts and fans of things “off the beaten path” assembled in the basement to hear a piece of music.

A tiny piece in the grand scale of time. (See and hear it here)

American composer and avante garde’ artist John Cage, toward the end of his long and distinguished life, set in motion a piece of music called “ORGAN/ASLSP” which uncoded is, “Organ As Slow As Possible.”

Cage and his cohorts used the church basement to construct an organ that is perpetually emitting music using an energy generating compressor and sand bags. On September 5, 2001, Cage’s 89th birthday, the opus began…with a 17 month pause of silence followed by the first chord which lasted another 29 months.

You see, Cage has fashioned this 8-page musical art show to last 639 years. (That is not a typo!) And so, just a few weeks ago, many of Cage’s musical fandom paid close attention as the first chord change in six years and eleven months took place among the masked and curious in the right transept of the hallowed grounds as two organ pipes were added and will play G♯3, E4 the next 17 months until the next chord change in February of 2022. 

Board chairman of Halberstadt’s John Cage Organ Foundation, Rainer Neugebauer, says the performance is composed to make us slow down the frenzy of our modern lives. “Everything does not need to happen so fast. If something needs a bit longer then it can give us an inner calm that is rare in normal life.”

Society, as we all know, has become instant. Your phone can give you directions, answers, human screen contact and most any and all modern conveniences in seconds. We get annoyed when the internet on a plane runs a bit slow even though you are travelling 600 mph at 37,000 feet above the planet. Those complexities don't enter into our mind- we want things NOW!

Sadly, coaching is trending this way as well. Coaches who have rough starts to the season are suddenly on the chopping block. Players who struggle to assimilate with new teams and new teammates are chastised for not being ready to play. And young athletes that have yet to grow into their physical potential as pre-teens are cut and run off from sports they may one day excel in because they are not good enough in this moment!

Patience has almost become an antithesis of sports performance. As a youth sports culture, we have been driven to the idea that winning is above learning, that learning must show dividends in THIS DRILL and starting your sport at 6 or 7 years old and being fixed on just one position will put the patience science says it takes to develop an elite performer, at bay.

Ask someone who has been called an overnight sensation and ask them how real that statement is? Ask someone who comes off the bench in the upcoming NBA finals and has a stellar game if this new found fame just happened?

Like a $100 bill from our pocket, we have lost our patience as fans, as parents and as coaches.

One coach was overheard last week after a practice saying, “They look better!” If we are coaching to look better at a practice, we are missing the ideas of transfer and retention. An athlete can look amazing at the end of practice on Tuesday, but what about next Tuesday? Have they retained and transferred to their game what you taught them? Have they learned?

Some athletes maybe, some others maybe not. Welcome to coaching. But if a new coach thinks change comes at an instant; they are being fooled as much as the click bait below their daily horoscope or Starbucks coupon. Learning takes patience, change takes patience. And as coaches, we need to show players that patience.

John Cage set out to give humanity something to ponder; music that will outlast all of us (probably) and our next 10 generations. On September 5, 2640, maybe one of your descendants might happen upon a small church basement in Halberstadt, Germany, if it is still standing, and marvel about what life must have been like in the olden days of 2020 as the final note sounds, finishing the work. 

Auguste Rodin once said, “Patience is also a form of action.” For Coaches today, our work is never finished. There is always more to teach, lessons to be learned, new research to explore and implement. But this all takes time and patience.

Your athletes deserve your patience just like the patience you want your children’s school and teachers to show them.

Perhaps, Maya Angelou sums it up best. “All great achievements require time.” 

Who is your next great achievement?