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The Glue

What is the glue that binds everything together in your program? Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 112: Win Like A Tar Heel (with Greg Gatz and Jonas Sahratian)

Every year the University of North Carolina ranks among the top universities in the Director’s Cup race, given to the university with the most overall success across all sports. They have a track record of producing repeat champions in team sports like basketball, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse. On this week’s podcast Greg Gatz (Director of Strength & Conditioning, Olympic Sports) and Jonas Sahratian (Head Strength & Conditioning, Men’s Basketball) join us to discuss how their culture and approach to training have contributed to a culture of success. Read more

GAINcast Episode 72: Voices of GAIN

Some of the world’s leading coaches make up the faculty at GAIN each year, but there are even more world-class coaches are in attendance. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast we wanted to take a chance to hear those other voices. We sat down for a quick chat with coaches like Greg Gatz (UNC), Darren Ritchie (Scottish Athletics), Nick Hill, Vinny Comiskey (Navy), and Dan Nobel (Hill Academy). Read more

The Big C – Culture

It seems that lately everyone has discovered culture. For me throughout the years I have recognized that culture is the difference maker: you have good cultures that nurture and support excellence and you have toxic cultures that breed mediocrity and failure. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 109: Staying Focused (with Nick Folker)

Technology is often presented as a way to make coaching more efficient, but more often than not it just provides us with another distraction. As an elite coach and founder of tech start up BridgeAthletic, Nick Folker has looked at this issue from many angles. He joins us on this week’s podcast to discuss how coaches can get technology to help us do our jobs better. Plus he shares simple tips on how to minimize the downsides of technology. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 105: Bison Strong (with Justin St. Clair)

If you are looking for the best throws coach in America, your journey might take you to Fargo, North Dakota. Justin St. Claire has turned North Dakota State University from a remote team into one of the best training groups in the country. On this week’s episode we sit down with St. Clair to discuss the secrets behind his success including his approach to team culture, recruiting, training, and technique. Read more

GAINcast Episode 66: The Champion’s Choice (with Chris Webb)

To get athletes to be champions, we have to get them to think like champions. This requires a team culture where athletes are given space to independently choose to do what it takes to win. This is exactly the environment swim coach Chris Webb has set up with several clubs. On this week’s podcast Webb joins us to talk about the steps he is taking to install cultural change at his new job with T2 Aquatics in Florida. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 91: Always Compete

Competition is a key to getting better and Pete Carroll has built his coaching philosophy around that. On this week’s episode we take a look in depth at Carroll’s coaching philosophy, its benefits, and its applicability in different settings. Plus we answer another question of the week. Read more

GAINcast Episode 53: American Football Then and Now

American football has undergone drastic change in the 50 years since Vern strapped on a helmet as a college lineman. New practice guidelines are finally trying to keep up with the changes to help protect players. But will they work? On this episode of the podcast we discuss how the sport is evolved and how practice must evolve with it. Read more

GAINcast Episode 52: Winning Culture (with the Carmel Swim Club)

Suburban Carmel, Indiana might seem like an unlikely spot to find one of the nation’s top swimming clubs, but year in and year out it continues to produce champions. The Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School have put together a winning culture that has produced a national record 31 straight high school state championships. On a recent visit to the club, Vern sat down with Carmel coaches Chris Plumb and Ian Murray to discuss how they helped grow the culture and what role athletic development plays in their team’s success. Read more