The Month of October

The weather is getting cooler.  Did you grab your hoodie?  I can feel it, hoops season is here.  The month of October is one of my favorites, why?

Well, mostly because we get to coach and I mean really coach.  This is the month that we coach each player withoutmanaging the external pressures of playing time and social media applause.  We get to coach them to be the best against the greatest competition in life, themselves!  We teach, we demand, we encourage…all with only one goal in mind, can we help these players reach their fullest potential.

Not potential based upon anyone else opinion or stat, but what we know as coaches as maximizing their truest potential.  And coaches, we know it.. the magic happens with players arrive each day craving improvement, knowledge and ready to work.

Based upon this realization, my goal throughout this season is….coach everyday like its October!  Will you?


So You Want To Be A College Coach?

My first question is always, why? Is it because you get to travel to cool cities, pick the players you coach, make some cash, or focus on hoops all day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, walk away now before you ever email out a resume. To stick in college coaching your WHY must be about your drive and passion to help people, and to build and grow something bigger than yourself. College coaching is not for everyone. Trust me.  I have seen it up close and personal. It looks good, like most things on the outside, but once you jump in your character and competitive index will be tested right away. Be prepared for the cold water!

Nov 26, 2015; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Chris Warren III (25) reacts against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas Tech beat Texas 48-45. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

So you want to be a college coach? I do not blame you. I LOVE it. No two days are ever the same, every day presents new challenges, and you can experience personal and professional growth at a high level.

My advice would be-GET YOUR MIND RIGHT and JUMP!


My biggest coaching mistake.

Several years ago I made my greatest coaching mistake. It was not an ill-advised timeout, or a bad practice plan. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t nearly as obvious as one of those. I simply attempted to redefine the term hard work. I had been criticized and negatively judged for “working hard” and demanding everyone else associated with the program did the same. I started calling it “good work” then it evolved to “different work”. A simple and quick change in wording, quickly changed the people I was able to recruit. You see, different work changed the mindset. Different did not necessarily mean REALLY hard, right? So more players, coaches, and support staff wanted to jump on board versus run from what it takes to truly experience ultimate success. I’ve learned the greatest lesson in life…… you cannot acquire anything worth having without one unchanging thing, HARD WORK. This will never be altered, adjusted, or changed. I am quick and unapologetic to say we will, we are, and we will continue to work hard. Those that do not run from it and choose to embrace it will become successful at anything they touch.

My biggest thank you must go to the greatest advantage for success-THANK YOU HARD WORK!