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Veteran Basketball Coach Bob Walsh covers the essentials of leadership with key figures from around college & professional basketball.

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Veteran Basketball Coach Bob Walsh covers the essentials of leadership with key figures from around college & professional basketball.

    Dynamic Leadership Podcast – Bryant’s Mike Pressler

    Dynamic Leadership Podcast – Bryant’s Mike Pressler

    Bryant Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Mike Pressler, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss Pressler’s leadership approach and evolution over his 35 years as a head coach, the importance of captains on his team, team building, preparing for and handling adversity, and much more.
     
    1:06 – How would you define your approach to leadership and building a team?
    2:28 – How do you look for and define leaders on your team?
    6:12 – How do you handle when a student-athlete is selected a captain, but may not fit the leadership mold?
    10:35 – Do you find your captains have to be a top player to have credibility with the team or can a backup serve in that role?
    12:49 – How has your leadership approach changed or evolved over your 35 years as a head coach?
    15:51 – Having been to your practices, how do you emphasize and demand such a high level of communication?
    18:04 – You said confident players are better communicators. If a student-athlete is not communicating enough on the field, do you have to coach their confidence?
    19:19 – As a coach, do you ever feel that you need to take a step back and allow the team to communicate?
    21:37 – How do you set your team up to deal with adversity?

    • 27 min
    John Brannen - University of Cincinnati

    John Brannen - University of Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Head Men’s Basketball Coach, John Brannen, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss Brannen’s unique experiences in taking over at Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Brannen discusses his approach to leadership, adapting his style to his personnel, creating buy-in among student-athletes, handling success and much more.
     
    1:00 – How would you describe your approach to leadership?
    2:30 – How do you get your players to really take ownership of what they’re doing every day and give them some control?
    4:49 – When you were working to change the culture at Northern Kentucky, did you change a lot of personnel or was it the same group?
    6:23 – How did you create buy-in without the on-court success?
    7:55 – Once you start having success, how do you handle that success?
    9:43 – How do you handle coming into a team that’s looking at a new head coach, but is used to winning?
    12:42 – How much did you have to change your approach and how much did your student-athletes have to adjust?
    14:40 – Did you make some adjustments as far as style of play and how you were playing to better fit the personnel?
    15:54 – How much pressure did you feel to have success with this group in your first year and how did you handle it?
    17:42 – Was there a point this year in January or February where you felt more comfortable with your team?
    18:31 – Looking back on the season, was there something you could’ve done differently to become more comfortable with your team quicker? Or was it a matter you needed time to get to know each other and you need time to understand each other?
    20:35 – How much have you grown, adapted, changed your approach since you’ve been a head coach?
    23:19 – How important is it and how do you go about finding a comfort zone with people around you who are going to make you uncomfortable and are going to challenge you?

    • 26 min
    Kyle Smith - Washington State University

    Kyle Smith - Washington State University

    • 37 min
    Michelle Clark Heard - University of Cincinnati

    Michelle Clark Heard - University of Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Head Women’s Basketball Coach Michelle Clark Heard joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. Clark Heard discusses her approach to building a program, being transparent and open with her players, creating buy-in, and the challenges of rebuilding a program.
     
    1:28 – How has your approach to team building culture evolved since you first became a head coach?
    2:34 – How have you shown your players transparency as you’ve evolved as a head coach?
    5:08 – How do you lead each of your players differently?
    7:34 – What did you learn from being an assistant under Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz?
    9:43 – Do you think a lot of coaches struggle with being direct and honest with their players and showing that transparency?
    13:48 – How do you develop your culture and create buy in with your players when they don’t see immediate success?
    15:51 – What do you do when you get challenged by your players when rebuilding a program?
    18:32 – If I were to go to a Cincinnati women’s basketball practice, what am I going to see?
    20:01 – Who’s the best leader you’ve come across and what were their attributes that made them so good?

    • 24 min
    Chris Holtmann - The Ohio State University

    Chris Holtmann - The Ohio State University

    Chris Holtmann, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Ohio State, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. Walsh opens the podcast with the list of the seven Head Men’s Basketball Coaches who have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in the last five years, which includes Holtmann. Holtmann discusses his approach to rebuilding the Ohio State program upon his arrival, creating buy-in from his players, the ups and downs of the 2019-20 season and his thoughts on sustaining success.
    3:39 – What was your approach going into Ohio State to try to establish yourself, your culture and your approach to building a team?
    6:11 – What were your expectations and how did you manage that as you started to have success?
    8:07 – Was there any resistance to what you were trying to do with your players and how did you deal with that? Was there any pushback throughout and what was your response to it?
    11:00 – How was Christmas this year given how the season had gone at that point?
    13:32  – Is there any way to prepare for adversity and getting knocked around without actually going through the adversity?
    15:57 – What did you do to try to help dig your team out of the mid-season slump where you lost 6 out of 7?
    18:17 – In post-game conversations with your team, are you asking and listening to your players about their perspective on what is happening?
    21:31 – Is it a significant part of your approach to prepare your team on how they respond to adversity?
    23:05 – How much has your approach evolved since you first got into coaching and became a head coach?
    24:52 – How do you continue to sustain success and how much do you have to adapt to be able to do it?

    • 27 min
    Steve Pikiell - Rutgers University (MBB)

    Steve Pikiell - Rutgers University (MBB)

    Steve Pikiell, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Rutgers University, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. Pikiell talks about his philosophy of making himself invaluable when he was an assistant coach and how it helped him prepare for a head coaching position. He also talks about the lessons he learned while playing and coaching for Jim Calhoun at UConn. The conversation goes into building programs at his previous stops and staying focused when the wins aren’t there yet.

    • 24 min

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