Even great teams struggle. I often believe the struggle is a gift, but it certainly doesn’t feel much like a gift when your team is going through it. As a coach, I have learned it is important to reflect on the positives and strengths of the team, not only physically, but especially mentally, and to believe in the process.
Last year, John Kessel distributed a Gold Medal Squared article written by Rob Browning, St. Mary’s Head Coach, as his team was going through the “gift” of the struggle. It is a great article (below) with a great message, but it didn’t mean much to me last year as our Winthrop team was rolling and ended the season 20 – 8 and Big South Regular Season Champs. This season, we have an even better team, but nine freshman. Yes, nine. Even us “old” coaches have fallen into the societal/technological trap of instant gratification and want a faster result for our team. Continue Reading