The Mind is Always There

The title of this post comes from a great book, The Way of Baseball Finding Stillness at 95 MPH written by Shawn Green. You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book.  I am not one and yet I found this book incredibly compelling. A coach I respect recommended it as […]

Earl Weaver, Managing Genius

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”–Earl Weaver Managing Genius When I was a kid my dad and my brother Jim were big fans of the legendary Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver.  They thought he was a managing genius. “Earl Weaver managing genius.” I heard that a lot. My dad clearly […]

Making the Transition from Assistant to Head Coach

The transition from assistant to head coach is an exciting time, but it also carries with it potential pitfalls and new problems. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe I just discovered Mike Deegan’s email newsletter.  He writes regularly about life lessons from sports and coaching. The particular […]

Managing Pressure

Here is an interesting take on the NY Yankees approach to managing pressure. Their mental conditioning expert Chris Passarella would like to reduce the hold that pressure has on athletes by eradicating the use of the term altogether. In his estimation athletes create pressure for themselves based on their expectation of success. Passarella says, “Pressure […]

The Great Earl Weaver

I was sorry to hear the news about Earl Weaver today. I have written about him before. He was a big coaching figure in my childhood. Both my father and my brother regarded him as the brilliant manager of their beloved Baltimore Orioles. As a result I read his book  on baseball strategy which I […]