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GAINcast Episode 103: All about GAIN XI

With just four months until the next GAIN event, the lineup and schedule are starting to fall in place. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast we announce the new faculty, presentation topics, changes at GAIN XI, and more general information about this year’s event. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 137: Training is the test (with Arno Galmarini)

Arno Galmarini works with some of the top winter sport athletes in the world, but rather than being based in the mountains his gym is in the city. That requires him to be creative in defining sport-specific training solutions and even more creative in testing athlete progress towards to unique demands created by ice and snow. On this episode of the podcast Galmarini explains testing philosophy and how he integrates sports-specific testing into training. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 120: Putting Yourself Out There

Becoming a better coach involves putting yourself out there. That’s what we’ve aimed to do through our website and podcast over the past decade. The process of putting yourself out there helps you reflect and also get outside input on what you can do better. On this week’s episode we share experiences on how to put yourself out there, what we have gained from it, creating routines to make yourself better, and more. Read more

Coaching Excellence – Part Three

Good coaches have mentors and role models. My first mentor and role was my high school basketball coach. He was the most influential person in my life up to that time aside from my parents. He taught me the value of structure and self-discipline. He also instilled in my teammates and me that it is was more than the ninety minutes of practice that made you better it was lifestyle. He did not call it the twenty-four hour athlete but that was what he was teaching us. It was a total commitment to the pursuit of excellence. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 110: Another Look in the Mirror

No matter how hard we try, coaches cannot avoid making mistakes. What we can avoid is repeating the same mistakes twice. With the high school track season over, Nick takes the time on this week’s episode to look back on his team’s season and find the mistakes he made. More importantly, we discuss what will work better in the future to help avoid them next time around. Read more

3 Keys to Winning Forever

Pete Carroll is a divisive figure. He stands there on the sidelines with a cheek of chewing gum, dad shoes, and a big smile on his face. Fans find his happy-go-lucky persona either endearing or grating. But no matter what camp you are in, you cannot deny the sustained success he has had at both the collegiate and professional level. As head coach at the University of Southern California he rebuilt a winning tradition, leading the team to two national championships and a record seven straight BCS bowl games. Since 2010 he has been with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks where they have now won three NFC West Championships in four years, been to two Super Bowls, and won one. Read more

The Answer

I am always very wary when someone has all the answers. I am more interested in being around and learning from those who have more questions than answers. I always come back to the words of Gertrude Stein “The answer is there is no answer.” Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 71: Looking in the Mirror

With school back in session and fall training starting up, it is the perfect time for Nick and I to take a look at the past year and see what we did wrong and what we need to differently going forward. Self-reflection is a critical part of becoming a better coach, and on this episode we both highlight three things will be changing up for next season. Read more

GAINcast Episode 20: Getting Better at Getting Better

The goal of every coach is to improve. But that’s easier said than done. In this episode Vern discusses the continuous quest for improvement and his tips for how coaches can get better and getting better. Read more

Learning – Continuous Personal & Professional Development

Not long ago someone asked me what I do to for professional development and to keep learning. I thought I would share what I do, that is not to suggest that is the way to do it rather to share a process that has worked for me over the years. Even though I call it a process for someone like me who is full of questions and inherently curious it is more semi-organized chaos. Read more