The Why of GAIN

I just finished reading Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action for the second time. It got me thinking about the why of GAIN. For those of you who don’t know GAIN is an acronym for Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network. I plan on GAIN being the main focus of my work for the rest of my career.


It is easy to look at what and who of GAIN and dismiss it as another workshop, clinic or a summit. Of course you will see names of experts you recognize on the faculty and you will see a busy schedule of lectures and learn by doing opportunities that superficially look to be the same as what everyone else offers. Look again, look at the WHY, that is what is important. GAIN is an experience. We are in our ninth year because we are different. It is because of the experience and the network. GAIN is about people connected to grow personally and professionally. GAIN is Gary Winckler and Jim Radcliffe, two of the most accomplished coaches on the planet, sitting in the front row taking notes and asking questions during Nick Garcia’s (a high school coach with one-fourth of their experience) presentation on the Bondarchuk principles. GAIN is a facilitator for connecting with other professionals to share and learn.

The GAIN vision is to provide a global platform for education, innovation and motivation in athletic development. It is intended to challenge conventional wisdom where necessary, to build on the basics with an emphasis on the human element. The GAIN focus is on developing and strengthening the connection between all the professionals of the sports performance team to produce adaptable athletes that are prepared for optimum performance.

If you want to learn more about the why of GAIN listen to Episode 3 of the GAINcast where I give the history and background of GAIN. If you need more information please feel free to email me at or call me at 941-378-1778. Better yet go the and apply to attend GAIN 2016.

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