At North Shore Country Day School students range from age 4 to 18. As athletic director, Patrick McHugh has had a chance to put in place a truly long-term athletic development process. The key word there is process: long-term development is not a model, but a process that is never linear. On this episode he talked about his philosophy and more.
McHugh is the athletic director and track coach at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. On the theme of long-term development we discussed his overall philosophy, developing intrinsic motivation in athletes, minimum effective dose, and more. Here are some highlights:When you understand the craft of coaching, one person can have on so many kids. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet Coaching is about thinking outside the box to solve problems. It never goes smoothly. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet Internal motivation is superior to external motivation. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet Don’t assume you have to do a certain level of work to get an adaptation. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet There’s nothing like sharing something you love with your child, but it comes with ups and downs. Click To Tweet
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- You can learn more from Patrick McHugh on Twitter (@patmchughAD) or on his blog. One post in particular may be of interest to listened as it details his work with Peter Callahan in high school: “How to Train a 4:05 High School Miler.”
- McHugh also did an informative Q&A with the Chicago Tribune.