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My learning milestones

I have been thinking lately on who and what shaped and influenced my ideas over the years. It has been a process of searching for knowledge to get better at getting better. These reflections make me realize how fortunate I have been in my life to be in the right place at the right time. The foundations for this journey was laid by my parents and the education I received in parochial elementary and high school where we were taught to think. It goes without saying that the athletes and colleagues I have been able to work with were also a constant source of learning for me. Read more

GAINcast Episode 181: Reading, learning, and living

Coaches often aim to get better at various facets of training. One thing we forget: we can also get better at learning. On this week’s GAINcast we share lessons learned on learning, how to improve what you get out of reading, and much more. We also include references to our recent books, articles, and podcasts that can jump start your learning. Read more

GAINcast Episode 168: Thoughts on getting better

Everybody trains and everybody trains hard. So what separates the good from the great? How they use their time and energy in training. The best coaches and athletes have a relentless focus on learning and getting better. On this week’s GAINcast we dive into some thoughts on getting better, including some practical examples of how to put learning processes into practice. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – July 2019

Every month we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. The amount of research in sports science has exploded, and for coaches in the trenches it can be hard to keep up on it all. That is one of the reasons we have put together the Sports Science Monthly, and we start off the July edition by looking at where coaches get their sports science information. After that we look into new research on small-sided games, re-examine training load monitoring, as well as looking into other topics. Read more

My learning journey: the coaching classics

I am going to share my learning journey to help coaches both young and inexperienced as well as older more experienced coaches to streamline their learning process and hopefully not make some of the mistakes and missteps that I have made. My goal was simple: to know more than anyone I coached against, I figured the more and faster I learned the more edge my athletes would have in competition. For me it was and is a point of pride. Read more

GAINcast Episode 158: Characteristics of coaching excellence

When you look at teams that overachieve and out perform, the common denominator is often coaching. Coaching makes a difference. We have seen great coaches, good coaches and indifferent coaches throughout our careers. The great ones share some things in common. On this week’s GAINcast we discuss the common characteristics of coaching excellence. Read more

Musings on coaching excellence

Just like athletic excellence, coaching excellence has been a fascination of mine since I was an athlete in high school. I observed teams and individuals that seemed to “over achieve” or punch above their weight as the saying goes. The closer I observed and analyzed this the common denominator was coaching. Coaching makes a difference. Over my 50-year professional career I have seen great coaches, good coaches and indifferent coaches. The great ones share common characteristic. Here is what I have seen. Read more

GAINcast Episode 152: The evolution of a coach

Vern is entering his 50th year as a coach. On this episode he looks back at how his coaching has evolved. More specifically, he looks at when he started asking different questions during different stages of his career and how that helped him improve his coaching. Read more

Applications now open for GAIN 2019

GAIN is a community of professional’s eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach. Read more

November 2018 in review: book club

Some people say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for some concepts a good book can be worth a thousand pictures. There’s no doubt then why so many world-class coaches are avid readers not only about sports, but about all kinds of topics. As a great doctor once said: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” That doctor was Dr. Seuss, which goes to show you can learn from all types of books. Read more