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Herb Brooks

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Pre-Game Speeches

Our team got a kick out of this post of a little boy reciting Herb Brooks’ speech to the U.S. Olympic hockey team before its game against the Soviet Union. Maybe you can use it, too. Some rhetorical points worth noting: Brooks created sense of history by using the phrase “great moments.” He then mentioned […]

What Great Coaches Do

Richard Quick, legendary collegiate and Olympic swim coach, died earlier this month of cancer.

I had never heard of Quick, but anytime a coach is accomplished enough to have his obituary appear on the national wires, I want to know more . And everything you need to know about Quick comes from the way his former athletes describe him.

Creating a Team Culture

“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of the others.”  – Norman S. Hidle What  makes the difference between one successful season …and a successful program? The answer is culture. What are the shared values in your locker room? The standards? Is the […]

Planning for Miracles

Sherlock Holmes: “You think, sir, that unless this document is recovered there will be war?” Client: “I think it is very probable.” Sherlock Holmes: “Then, sir, prepare for war.” On this date in 1980, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviet Union 4-3 at Lake Placid, N.Y. Two days later, the Americans beat Finland to […]

Power to Inspire

“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.”   What are the words that inspire you? The subject of motivation becomes an important one for the Super Bowl coaches before Sunday’s game. In fact, yesterday […]