Tag Archives: coaching

The Butcher, The Baker, the Quarterfinals maker?

On Thursday May 29th, Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23 player roster for the World Cup and rocked the soccer world. The former is a normal duty of all national team coaches — all 32 teams must do likewise no later … Continue reading

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Keep Your Chin DOWN

I don’t do a lot of “how-to” posts because it can be a lot of work and there’s many other places that do them in a comprehensive manner. So I usually take a more reflective, philosophical approach. But this will … Continue reading

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Regressing to the Mean

This fall for the first time in five years I don’t have a team to coach. Long story. So I thought I should use the time to write, with busy coaches in mind. Write stuff I’d like to read if … Continue reading

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What’s Better Than Being Right?

As coaches, we are expected to be knowledgeable and are even compensated for our expertise. Being right is important, and it certainly feels good when players or parents ask my advice and it works out. But, as we tell our … Continue reading

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Walk Like an Egyptian

Bob Bradley didn’t go to Egypt to give the Sphinx poker-face lessons. But he could have. I never knew much about him. He was the coach of the US Men’s National Team over the past years. He’s American, from New … Continue reading

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Hope Solo – the Hero’s Voyage

Act III: Rise of the Phoenix and Media figure When we left our hero, she had reached bottom: her father dead, her team beaten while she was benched, and her teammates shunning her for speaking her mind to the press. … Continue reading

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Jonah Hill right on the Money.

When I read Moneyball I knew it had an impact on me. I thought it was because as a mediocre athlete, I was constantly looking for ways to play better by being smarter, and this is a key theme of … Continue reading

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Coaching and bug spray

Writing bout Klinsi, I am reminded of a story I heard in business school. A large corporation had made a very effective insecticide but they found it was not selling well. When they performed focus groups they learned that customers … Continue reading

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It’s Cruel to Be Kind

My wife and daughter accused me of cruelty to animals the other day. My crime? Putting Lil D’s favorite cat toy just out of her reach. Lil D is Ariel’s cat, with gifts and attributes matching her non-traditional upbringing at … Continue reading

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why Spain?

I write a lot about Spanish football. Today I was thinking back on why that was. Through no fault or decision of my own, the San Francisco Unified School District assigned me to Spanish as a foreign language in middle … Continue reading

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