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Learn From the Best Coaches & Leaders in the World

Leading up to the launch of my new coaching platform, Catalyst School, I am releasing interviews I have done with the best coaches and leaders in the world of sports. I’ll have a featured interview of the day every single day until the launch of Catalyst School in May. For more information on Catalyst School,  click below!

TODAY'S FEATURED INTERVIEW

The Time To Be A Catalyst Is Right Now!

I’ve got something big coming your way, and I need you to be a part of it. This is a podcast where I’m going to give you some insight on how I’ve created a new project and how it will transform your life. Coming May 18th, I am launching The Catalyst School.


I am so excited about this because it’s going to be a new platform and a new community developed and created for YOU. You are a catalyst. You are responsible for contributing to the overall wellness and development of the people in your lives. You are there to help them find their spark and to also overcome the barriers that they have in front of them. Our job as catalysts is to see it from a larger perspective, but many times catalysts struggle with are they doing it right? Are we going through this process appropriately? Are the things that I’m putting in place similar to what other people are going through?

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Webclass: How to Manage Low Motivation & High Anxiety ​

This is a recent webinar topic I did regarding the low motivation and high anxiety many are feeling as a result of the COVID-19 situation. I provide tools and strategies based on sound psychological principles to combat the feelings many are having because of the pandemic.

 

How to F.I.G.H.T. Low Motivation and High Anxiety:

– F – Focus on what you can control

– I – Interpret your negative thoughts

– G – Grab some mental flexibility

– H – Healthy behaviors need to be established

– T – Teach someone

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Two-Time Vanderbilt National Champion Head Baseball Coach - Tim Corbin

In his 17 seasons at the helm, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin has transformed the Commodores into a national power including winning the school’s first-ever men’s national title in 2014 and second championship in 2019.

 

Under Corbin, Vanderbilt boasts the SEC’s longest streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances at 14. The Dores have advanced to a super regional in six of the last seven years and eight of the last 10 overall.

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Alabama Head Softball Coach - Patrick Murphy

In today’s world of collegiate athletics, few can claim to have been at a program since the beginning. Not many can say they were there at the origin of a program, having been present from the very inception to where it stands today. And certainly nobody can claim to have brought a program further, and in a shorter time, than Crimson Tide head softball coach Patrick Murphy, entering his 22nd season as the program’s leader in 2020.

 

From a humble start to a national championship, Murphy has taken Alabama to the top of the college softball world. Beginning with his days as an assistant in the very first years of the Alabama softball program, Murphy has emerged as the face of a team that has grown under his leadership to become one of the most consistently successful programs in the nation.

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World's Best Golf Strength & Conditioning Coach - Jason Glass

Jason Glass is one of the world’s best strength and conditioning specialists and is very highly sought after among professional athletes, most notably PGA Tour players.

 

But it’s not just the knowledge he has of getting bigger, faster, stronger, more explosive, more flexible, and the like. It’s about how Jason connects with his players – the soft skills of a coach – they trust him, they respect him, and he knows what makes them tick. The information he shares in this episode can help you do the same.

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How to Develop a Winning Coaching Philosophy

This video discusses my steps to developing a winning coaching system in the 21st century. In it, I take you step by step and point out the 10 most important lessons I have learned from:

1. Playing for & working with the best coaches

2. Coaching world-class athletes

3. Building a high-performance organization

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Bestselling Author & Speaker - Ryan Holiday

Our guest this week is none other than bestselling author Ryan Holiday talking about his new book Stillness is the Key and how that applies to performers and competitors in all walks of life. Ryan has written countless bestselling books and has made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology with The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness–to be steady while the world spins around you. How can you be calm in the midst of chaos?

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Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development - Andy McKay

Andy McKay has been in a coaching role for a long time. Starting as a California junior college coach all the way to serving as the Director of Player Development with the Seattle Mariners, Andy has had a tremendous impact across a number of levels.

 

He brings a refreshing approach and mindset to a Major League Baseball organization – a combination of old school practices and the new school way of thinking and technology. That mindset is why Andy is one of the most respected individuals in Major League Baseball.

World Renowned Golf Instructor and TV Host - Michael Breed​

Golf instructors often fall into the trap of simply working on mechanics and technical issues and not focusing on the individual person. What are their goals? What are their desires? What motivates them?

 

Not Michael Breed – he is one of the best coaches out there, regardless of sport. Before Michael even begins working with a player, he has to know as much information about that player as he can. Because once you get to know the player, then you can craft a plan to help them achieve their goals.

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Athletes Webclass: How Athletes Can Manage the Chaos of COVID-19 & Raise Their Game

This is a recent webinar I did regarding the COVID-19 situation. I provide tools and strategies to help them deal with the mental trauma of their seasons ending and also what athletes can do NOW to elevate their games for when sports do continue. I even had a guest appearance from one of my professional athlete clients! Don’t want to miss this!

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ESPN Senior Writer and Bestselling Author - Wright Thompson

There is only one Wright Thompson. He is, as they say, famous if you know who he is: his work includes the most read articles in the history of ESPN (and it’s not even close) and has been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series ten times. But to say his pieces are ALL about sports is not the case – Wright Thompson figures people out. He jimmies the lock to the furnaces inside the people he profiles and does an analysis of the fuel that fires their ambition.

Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, he strips the away the self-serving myths and fantasies to reveal his characters in full. There are fascinating common denominators: it may not be the case that every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father. Simply put, Wright Thompson is the GOAT at his craft.

Do We Have A Coaching Crisis?

This was my talk from the 2019 PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, an event designed to give meaningful, engaging, progressive presentations that focus on the value of coaching and coach skill development.

 

 

It answers probing questions like how do I impact the life of the players that I lead? What are my responsibilities as coach to help my player develop to their fullest potential? This was a blast, and I always love speaking to this group of invested coaches.

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Author, Speaker & President of Growing Leaders - Tim Elmore

Today, almost one-half the world’s population is 25 years old or younger. Ready or not, they will lead our world into the future. Members of Generation Y (Millennials born between 1984-2000) and Generation Z (Centennials born between 2001-2018) are hungry to change the world and we can help them.

 

How can you be better equipped to lead this and the next generation of athletes? What are “Habitudes” that athletes can learn to improve their mental approach to the game?

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Hall of Fame Golf Instructor - Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a nationally renowned golf instructor known as the “Swing Dr” who has been teaching the game of golf for over 33 years. One of the most sought after instructors in the country, Mike has dedicated his life to improving the game of golf for all levels of golfers.

 

 

Known as the ‘Teacher of Teachers’ , he has helped mentor, train, influence and develop 20 current members of the GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher List: including: Mike McGetrick (PGA National Teacher of the Year), Mike Bender (PGA National Teacher of the year), Krista Dunton (LPGA National Teacher of the Year), Brian Mogg, Jerry King, Mark Hackett, Mark Steinbauer, Don Sargent and Scott Munroe to name a few.

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The Role of Coaching in Player Development

As a coach or leader of a program/organization when coaching today’s generation of athletes – How can you get the most out of these young people? What buttons can you press and what buttons can you not press in order to motivate?

 

The question I ask every coach is, “How are your players going to view you five years from now?” Are they going to say that coach so-and-so taught me about who I am, put me in challenging environments to learn more about myself, or put me through trials and tribulations, but gave me a safety net to do it. Or, are you going to allow this generation to blame you? Because when they struggled, you didn’t have a solution for them. Ultimately, at the end of the day, your job is to develop your players so that they look back and go, “Yeah, I’m a better person and player because that guy was my coach.”

University of Cincinnati Head Basketball Coach - John Brannen

John Brannen is a rising star in the college basketball coaching ranks. Having just finished his first year at the University of Cincinnati and winning the regular-season American Athletic Conference championship (tournament and NCAA tournament canceled due to COVID-19), John is poised to do great things at a program who has experienced a ton of national success and is considered a storied program.

I have been fortunate to work very closely with John since his time as an assistant coach to Anthony Grant at Alabama. After hearing this conversation, I bet you will become a big John Brannen fan as well!

Bestselling Author & Leadership Speaker - Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 20 books including multiple best-sellers.


Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, Campbell’s Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Miami Heat, The Los Angeles Rams, Snapchat, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, West Point Academy and more!

Alabama Head Gymnastics Coach - Dana Duckworth

What’s it like to take over for a coaching legend? Dana did just that a few years ago when she landed the Alabama gymnastics coaching job, taking over for longtime coach Sarah Patterson, whom Dana competed for as a national champion gymnast.

 

What has that been like? How have the athletes changed since she competed in the early 90’s.

 

Plus, what advice did Nick Saban give her when she landed the head job? 

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PGA Tour and Top 100 Golf Instructor - Todd Anderson​

If you are a golf coach, then pay attention to the brilliant expertise of my man Todd Anderson. I have known Todd for a long time and have the privilege of working alongside of Todd as a part of Billy Horschel’s team.

 

Todd has an unbelievable ability to understand the mentality of every player he coaches. He knows that everyone has a different personality and mental makeup and knows that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

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University of Alabama Athletic Director - Greg Byrne

Throughout our conversation, you will hear Greg speak about serving others as this is what it takes to effectively lead at the highest level. There are all sorts of valuable leadership content including:

 

  • Communicating your message and expectations very clearly
  • Developing a leadership style and philosophy
  • Valuing all members of your staff because everyone’s role is critical to the overall success of the department
  • Listening to the needs of student-athletes, coaches, and other individuals you serve
  • Utilizing social media to promote the Alabama brand
  • Constantly developing yourself personally and professionally
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Coaching Webclass: How to Manage the Uncertainty of COVID-19 With Your Athletes

Given the uncertainty of these times for players, coaches, and leaders, I am hosting this webclass to provide additional guidance on managing this time of uncertainty and chaos with your athletes, dealing with the abrupt end to a season (or for some, a career) with no finality, and what you can do to improve during the time away from your competition – among much more topics.

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Softball Legend - Cat Osterman

You can argue that if there was a Mount Rushmore for softball, Cat Osterman would be one of the four faces featured. She was a three-time National player of the year, four-time All-American and two-time Olympic medalist.

 

I sat down with Cat to talk about her journey, how she developed a competitive mindset as a young player and now, how she is teaching that to collegiate softball players as an assistant coach at Texas State University. You can also find Cat in the 2021 Olympics as a member of Team USA’s softball roster – as a player – yet again, vying for her third Olympic medal.

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Tiger Woods' Former Swing Coach - Chris Como​

Chris Como has dedicated his life to coaching golfers of all levels to achieve their goals. In order to learn the most effective coaching practices in the game, Chris spent the first part of his career either working for or studying with many of the preeminent teachers of the game. 

 

Chris’ many years of teaching experience, including several years as a swing consultant to Tiger Woods, gives him the unique skill to translate sophisticated concepts into simple, tangible coaching practices. 

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Motivational Speaker & Star of Netflix hit Last Chance U - Brittany Wagner

I recently spoke with Brittany Wagner, star of the hit Netflix show Last Chance U. I wanted to bring Brittany on to talk about the difficulties that COVID-19 presents to our education systems. Parents are having to juggle work responsibilities with serving as a “teacher” to their children during this time.

 

Brittany offers some practical strategies for adults who are serving as teachers for their youngsters right now such as letting children develop their own schedule and adhere to it, give them the freedom to be who they are within a larger framework, and much more.

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McNeese State Head Baseball Coach - Justin Hill

The COVID-19 crisis has reached seemingly every walk of life. For sports, especially those played in spring and summer at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels, the abrupt end to a season (and career for some) has led to coaches searching for answers. What do I tell my players? There is no blueprint for this, how am I supposed to handle it?

I discussed these topics with a good friend of mine and a rising star in the DI collegiate baseball ranks – Justin Hill of McNeese State. Justin has led his team to the NCAA Tournament multiple times, but he, like all other coaches, are dealing with something unprecedented.

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Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker - Alan Stein Jr.​

Alan Stein, Jr. is a keynote speaker and author who spent 15+ years as an NBA performance coach working with the highest-performing basketball players on the planet including Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Victor Oladipo. He now teaches audiences how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.

 

 Alan specializes in improving individual and organizational leadership, performance and accountability.  He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity which is what makes him one of the top motivational speakers you’ll ever hear.

High Performance & NY Yankees Strength & Conditioning Coach - Dana Cavalea

What are the habits and routines of some of the greatest athletes of all time during Dana’s time with the New York Yankees? When Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera – some of the all-time great athletes – want something really badly, what is their method for achieving it?


Be sure to listen to this episode as Dana breaks down what it takes to perform at the highest level day in and day out.

 

Speaker and Performance Coach - Ben Newman

How do you find your purpose? How do you know what you are really supposed to be doing in life? In this interview with Performance Coach Ben Newman, we discuss finding your purpose. Oftentimes, it comes disguised in adversity and tough times.

 

The ones who are willing to face the adversity, stand up one more time than they fall down, are usually the ones who will be the most successful in living out their purpose.

Michael Phelps' Olympic Swim Coach - Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman always knew he was going to be great, and as it turns out, he was right. Having coached Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in the world for over 20 years, Bowman has made a huge impact in the coaching industry.

 

During this podcast, Bowman dives into how he started his coaching journey by learning from the best in the business such as David Marsh, Paul Bergen, and Murray Stephens.

Ole Miss Head Baseball Coach - Mike Bianco

Ole Miss named Mike Bianco head coach of the Rebel baseball program on June 7, 2000. Since then, Bianco has become the winningest coach in program history and one of the top coaches in Southeastern Conference history while establishing Ole Miss as one of the premier programs in college baseball. In today’s age of short coaching tenures, Bianco is the longest-tenured coach in the SEC across all sports.


In this episode of the Secrets to Winning, I sat down with a coach that had a tremendous impact on my career as a player and on my life. We talk about taking a program that was at the bottom of the SEC and turning it into a perennial power.

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Samford Head Basketball Coach - Bucky McMillan

New Samford University Head Basketball Coach Bucky McMillan talks about overcoming the odds to become a Division I basketball player and the struggles it took to make that happen.

 

We also dive into how that translated into him becoming one of the best high school coaches in the country leading him to landing the job as the coach at Samford. This is a great interview that talks about coaching, leadership, and working with today’s athlete.

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SEC Commissioner - Greg Sankey

He is one of the most powerful people in the world of collegiate athletics as well as being at the helm of the top athletic conference in the country. Listen to Greg talk about leading the SEC and how he manages one of the toughest jobs in all of college sports!

LSU Baseball Coaching Legend - Skip Bertman

What goes into creating a powerhouse program in college athletics? What does it take to attract and develop college players at the highest level? What is it like to coach in major college sports and then become the head of a major athletic department? Find out in this interview with Skip Bertman!

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College Baseball Coach and Podcast Host - Jeremy Sheetinger

Jeremy Sheetinger, or “Sheets” as he is more commonly referred to in coaching circles, is a leader in coaching development in the game of baseball, especially at the collegiate level.

 

A current collegiate baseball coach, formerly in the SEC and other Division I schools, Sheets has created a model in which all sports can utilize to grow their games through education, engagement, and the sharing of ideas and systems. This is tremendous information for coaches of all ages, as well as those who are in the coaching development field, to grow their process, continue to enhance player development, and so much more!

Founder of Culture Wins, Author & Speaker - Kevin DeShazo

This week’s guest on The Secrets to Winning is Kevin DeShazo. Kevin is the best-selling author of Leadership Interrupted: daily inspiration to become the leader you were meant to be, and iAthlete: Impacting Student-Athletes of a Digital Generation, and founder of Fieldhouse Media. He is a sought-after speaker, having presented on over 80 college campuses.

 

He has also been quoted on ESPN.com, The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Bleacher Report, Sports Business Journal, and a variety of other national and local media outlets. Kevin is also the founder of Culture Wins Championships, helping leaders in the sports industry build a championship culture with their team.

Clinical and Organizational Psychologist - Julie McDonald

Authenticity is the essential foundation of good leadership.  What makes us human – empathy, connection, our drive to accomplish something meaningful, our courage to innovate and capacity to learn from our mistakes – is also what makes us successful at work and in life. 

 

Julie McDonald – a great friend and trusted colleague – knows that understanding yourself and making decisions that are aligned with your core beliefs and values makes you more effective as an employee, a leader…and a human.  

CEO of Horizon Financial & Former LSU Baseball Player - Pete Bush

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across the world. I wanted to bring on an old friend to talk about economic trends, the trickle-down effect, and the impact the sports world, both professional and collegiate, has felt and will continue to feel during this time.

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