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Featured Series: The ‘Miracle’ Behind Herb Brooks’s Miracle On Ice

by Charlie Adams, StokeTheFireWithin.com The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and their upset of the mighty Soviets on their way to Gold was named the greatest sports moment of the century. I will be writing regularly here on how coach Herb Brooks put together that team, his recruiting as a college coach, and lessons we can learn from him and the miracle on ice.

When Herb Brooks took over as head coach of the University of Minnesota hockey program in 1972, they were last place in their conference. They had gone 8-24 the year before he came aboard. He coached them to a 15-16-3 record in his first year and, get this,...


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How To Handle The Coaching Paparazzi

by Mike Davenport, CoachingSportsToday.com For my first six years of coaching, I was an assistant. During that time I could hide behind the apron of the head coach. The exact micro-second I took over my own program things changed. I could no longer hide. Everything I did was magnified. Everything. My strengths, my faults, become wickedly visible. I was on a stage with nothing between me and the audience. The same is even more true today for head coaches. The magnification is intense. Proof — within .38 seconds I found thousands of results when I searched “dumb head-coach video.” (I hope you weren’t in any … heck, I hope I wasn’t.) Being a head coach means the paparazzi is watching. The magnification is like having your own Paparazzi. It may be nothing more...


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The Video Solution for Coaching Beyond Your Practice

As more and more college coaches begin to use the inexpensive, easy-to-use Dartfish Express app for college coaches, there's another free teaching tool that more and more programs are using to coach their athletes even after practice is over. It's called Dartfish.tv, and it's revolutionizing how players at large and small colleges alike are getting visual feedback from their coaches 24/7. After recording video on the Dartfish Express app for smart phones, college coaches are posting that video for each athlete - with coaching notes and instruction - on their free Dartfish.tv account, which can be accessed by their team after practice is done. One Division I program that is doing just that is the track and field program at Texas Christian University.  They've...


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Dads Cry Too

by Mike Davenport, CoachingSportsToday.com I cried for 20 minutes today. I'm an alpha-type guy. I'm used to compartmentalizing and burying my emotions. But not today. Today was different. It was check-in-day. I dropped my oldest off at college — to start his freshman year. I'm not supposed to cry, my wife is. Sure, I get that. And there's a lot of misery in the World right now, so depositing my kid at a good college to get a good education is supposed to be a happy event. Fine and dandy. But here's the thing, I don't care. I'll miss him. Really miss him. Here's the bigger thing — the important thing — the thing YOU should know as a college coach — I'm NOT the only Dad who cries. There are others — lots. We go...


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