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Each week The Way of Champions Podcast will connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

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    • Soccer
    • 4.8, 182 Ratings

Each week The Way of Champions Podcast will connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

    Robert Weintraub, author of The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery

    Robert Weintraub, author of The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Robert Weintraub, author of The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery. In The Divine Miss Marble, Robert traveled the country to uncover her fascinating story. And the more he learned about her, the more her mysteries and contradictions deepened. Alice was a powerful woman who knew her worth, demanding equal pay to men decades earlier than other female athletes; yet she was held in sway by a domineering, highly successful coach with whom she had a volatile relationship. She was renowned for her California style, and had a brilliant mind and the guts to overcome a lifetime of physical trauma. For the first time here, we come closer than ever before to the truths of this unforgettable life, and somehow it’s a story even more extraordinary than everything we already know about the divine Alice Marble.
    About Robert Weintraub Robert Weintraub lives in Decatur, Georgia, but he grew up in the large shadow cast by Yankee Stadium, in Rye, New York, and is a lifelong Yankees fan. Weintraub has written about sports for Slate, Play (the late, lamented NY Times sports magazine), ESPN.com, The Guardian, Deadspin, and many more. He is also a television producer, and has worked on programs airing on ESPN, ABC Sports, CNN International, Turner Broadcasting, Speed Channel, Discovery, and dozens of others. He has covered events large and small, from the Super Bowl, Olympic Games, and World Cup to the Dragon Boat Races in Taiwan. Weintraub has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney, and while he loves the American South (particularly its adherence to the religion of college football), he dearly misses the ocean. When not working, Weintraub has cast aside a former life that included cage diving with Great White Sharks and scaling Uluru for one of domestic tranquility with his wife Lorie and two young children.
    Connect with Rob on Twitter, LinkedIn, and visit his Amazon Page for his other writing.
    Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes! A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron. Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences. Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

    • 46 min
    "Be the Best Player for the Team, not the Best Player on The Team: A Conversation with 4x Olympian Bo Hanson"

    "Be the Best Player for the Team, not the Best Player on The Team: A Conversation with 4x Olympian Bo Hanson"

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and 3x Olympic Medalist. We talk about using failure in childhood as fuel to success in adulthood, setting goals and defining values with teammates, and why a lack of role clarity leads to a bad culture.
    Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 20 years, delivering leadership, management and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe.
    Bo’s ability to improve the coaching strategies and performance of his clients has resulted in over 18 national championships, Olympic medals and pro team premierships in the last five years alone. Long-standing working relationships and consistent high-quality feedback from his clients are testimony to his ability to understand, connect, design and deliver exceptional work.
    Highlights from the Podcast: How are things in Australia during this time? What did struggling to win as a child help fuel later success? Your “Internal" scoreboard How does a team become constantly successful? Goal setting and defining Values Teaching teammates to accept and appreciate feedback Why is a lack of role clarity lead to a bad culture? Being the best player for the team and not just the best player on the team How to facilitate difficult conversations between athletes Why are the foundations of sport psychology not being taught in schools? Connect with Bo Hanson  Website: https://www.athleteassessments.com/about-bo-hanson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/athleteassessments/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/athleteassessments/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AthleteAssess/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/athlete-assessments Resources Mentioned Team Culture: Is it making or breaking your team? The Boys in the Boat www.athleteassessments.com Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes! A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron. Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences. Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

    • 1 hr 15 min
    How to Overcome Disruption and Build More Team Unity with Dr Wade Gilbert and Dr Jerry Lynch

    How to Overcome Disruption and Build More Team Unity with Dr Wade Gilbert and Dr Jerry Lynch

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome back Dr. Wade. Gilbert, an award-winning professor in the department of kinesiology at California State University at Fresno and the author of Coaching Better Every Season: A year-round system for athlete development and program success. We started with an insightful discussion on Zoom fatigue, etiquette and breakout rooms, talked about the idea of disruption and how it impacts team unity, how to manage the uncertainty of players during this time. 
    Dr. Gilbert holds degrees in physical education, human kinetics, and education and has taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA, and Fresno State. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting applied research with coaches around the world spanning all competitive levels, from youth leagues to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. He is widely published and is frequently invited to speak at national and international events. Gilbert is a coach education advisor to USA Football and a regular contributor to coaching seminars for Olympic and national team coaches in the United States and Canada.
    In addition, Gilbert is editor in chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal, published by Human Kinetics in conjunction with SHAPE America and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). As Human Kinetics’ coach education advisor, “The Coach Doc” writes articles and conducts webinars on a variety of coaching issues.
    Connect with Wade Gilbert at the Fresno State website, and check out his Twitter Profile.
    Highlights from the Podcast: Managing Zoom fatigue, etiquette and breakout rooms
    Is there too much communication from a coach to a player?
    How do Wade and Jerry manage he uncertainty of the players?
    Managing expectations and motivating players to stay in shape
    What do you do when two athletes on the team have fundamental beliefs about a topic outside of sports?
    What are the rules of engagement for social media and fidgeting disruptive social media behavior?
    Ending cancel culture and being able to disagree with someone in a respectful manner
    How an idea from Abraham Lincoln can save your reputation in the future
    Wade shares some things from his book Coaching Better Every Season
    Resources Mentioned Coaching Better Every Season: A year-round system for athlete development and program success.
    WOC #33 Best Selling Authors Wade Gilbert and Jerry Lynch Discuss What Quality Coaching Really Looks Like
    Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
    The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life
    Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses. 
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including: 
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes!
    A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month
    A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron.
    Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences.
    Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patron

    • 1 hr 6 min
    "It's not about the setback, it's about the comeback!" Sports Psychology Consultant Dr Rob Bell discusses his new book "Puke and Rally"

    "It's not about the setback, it's about the comeback!" Sports Psychology Consultant Dr Rob Bell discusses his new book "Puke and Rally"

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome back Sport Psychology consultant Dr. Rob Bell. Dr. Bell is a Certified Mental Performance Coach of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. We dive into many important topics, including helping our kids overcome hardships, recognizing the big moments that define us, and his new book, Puke & Rally: It's Not About The Setback, It's About The Comeback.
    Dr. Bell has written six books on Mental Toughness and puts out a sport psychology podcast called 15 Minutes of Mental Toughness. Check out his Amazon page here.
    Since 2006 he’s consulted with hundreds  of athletes, coaches, and teams. He also currently serves as a Sport Psychology coach for Indy Eleven pro soccer team, and University of Notre Dame. He has worked with winners on the PGA Tour, an Olympic Silver medalist, ATP Champion, and the 2013 USTA National Champion. He has spoken to Marriott, and Walgreens and has caddied over 20+ events on professional golf tours. A former university professor Dr. Bell has been featured on ESPN, The Golf Channel, Runner’s World, NY Times and Stack Magazine. Connect with Dr. Bell on his website, Twitter Profile, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.
    Highlights from the Podcast: Dr. Bell shares the motivation for his new book, Puke and Rally How can we recognize the big moments in our lives, and what to do about it? “You cannot want it for them.” (speaking of a parents kids) The story of overcoming hardship as musician Lindsey Sterling How to teach kids to handle setbacks If parents really knew what the life of a pro-athlete is, would parents want their kids to do that? Dr. Bell shares some tools to help kids positively frame the setbacks The power of the debrief when emotions have settled and time has passed since performance Why does Dr. Bell not believe in setting New Year’s resolutions? Resources Mentioned Puke & Rally: It's Not About The Setback, It's About The Comeback WOC Episode #51 No One Gets There Alone with Sports Psychologist Rob Bell NO ONE Gets There ALONE The Hinge: The Importance of Mental Toughness Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including: 
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes! A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron. Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences. Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

    • 50 min
    22x NCAA and World Cup Champion Coach Anson Dorrance Discusses the Difference Between Coaching Men and Women, Building the Competitive Cauldron, and the Keys To Building a Winning Culture with UNC Women’s Soccer

    22x NCAA and World Cup Champion Coach Anson Dorrance Discusses the Difference Between Coaching Men and Women, Building the Competitive Cauldron, and the Keys To Building a Winning Culture with UNC Women’s Soccer

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we replay an episode from 2018 with a 36-time NCAA Champion Sport Psychology Consultant and one of the greatest coaches of all time! This is a show you cannot miss! Dr. Jerry Lynch and Anson Dorrance join John this week to talk Dean Smith, John Wooden, Alonzo Stagg, and what it is like to build an unrivaled dynasty through love, connection, and strong character.
    Anson Dorrance enters his 44th year of service to the University of North Carolina soccer programs in the fall of 2017.  Dorrance, a 1974 Tar Heel alumnus, debuted as the Carolina men’s soccer coach in September of 1977 and then added duties as head coach and founder of the UNC women’s program in September of 1979.
    A former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach and current University of North Carolina head women’s soccer coach, Anson Dorrance was named the 2016 winner of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award from United States Soccer on January 29, 2016.
    As U.S. Soccer’s highest honor, the Werner Fricker Builder Award is given to an individual or group of individuals who have dedicated at least 20 years of service to the sport, working to establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. The award recognizes those who have developed programs that will outlast their own involvement in the sport.
    When Dorrance was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008, it marked one more milestone moment in the career of a man whose coaching prowess became legendary at a young age.  Because Dorrance has not yet retired from his coaching career, he was only eligible for election to the Hall of Fame on the “Builders of the Game” ballot, being inducted in his first year of eligibility.
    Like fine wine — with age — the coaching career of Anson Dorrance only gets better.
    It was just five years ago in 2015 when Tar Heel soccer stayed in the international news as nine University of North Carolina standouts competed in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  Six former UNC players helped the U.S. win its first World Cup title since 1999, including starters Meghan Klingenberg and Tobin Heath.  Tar Heel Lucy Bronze led England to its best ever World Cup finish as it gained a bronze medal.
    Twitter:  @UNCWomensSoccer Twitter: @NCWomensSoccer Instagram: @UNCWomensSoccer Anson Dorrance enters his 44th year of service to the University of North Carolina soccer programs in the fall of 2017.  Dorrance, a 1974 Tar Heel alumnus, debuted as the Carolina men’s soccer coach in September of 1977 and then added duties as head coach and founder of the UNC women’s program in September of 1979.
    A former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach and current University of North Carolina head women’s soccer coach, Anson Dorrance was named the 2016 winner of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award from United States Soccer on January 29, 2016.
    As U.S. Soccer’s highest honor, the Werner Fricker Builder Award is given to an individual or group of individuals who have dedicated at least 20 years of service to the sport, working to establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. The award recognizes those who have developed programs that will outlast their own involvement in the sport.
    When Dorrance was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008, it marked one more milestone moment in the career of a man whose coaching prowess became legendary at a young age.  Because Dorrance has not yet retired from his coaching career, he was only eligible for election to the Hall of Fame on the “Builders of the Game” ballot, being inducted in his first year of eligibility.
    Like fine wine — with age — the coaching career of Anson Dorrance only gets better.
    It was just five years ago in 2015 when Tar Heel so

    • 1 hr 12 min
    How to Coach Kids with Chris Snyder and Nadine Dubina from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee

    How to Coach Kids with Chris Snyder and Nadine Dubina from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome Chris Snyder and Nadine Dubina from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. We dive into how to put fun back into coaching, how to handle push-back from coaches about coach development, and early sport specialization. 
     
    Be sure to check out the Quality Coaching Framework on the Team USA website. 
     
    Chris Snyder is the director of coaching education for the United States Olympic Committee. In his current role, Snyder focuses on supporting the USOC sport performance department and Team USA coaches His responsibilities include discovering and providing resources to enhance sport culture and the National Governing Bodies that service sport in the United States. Previously, Snyder served as the manager of coaching education and training for U.S. Lacrosse in Baltimore. He has coached competitive sports for more than 12 years.
     
    Nadine Dubina is the Manager of Coach Development for the United States Olympic Committee. Passionate about people, learning and sport, Nadine blends these values with an experiential learning facilitation style to create coach development workshops, courses, and presentations that are unique, practical and purposeful. Nadine believes in and collaborated on creating the 6 guiding principles of the USOC’s Quality Coaching Framework and uses this as the basis for all of her coaching work. She has an ongoing role in the USOC’s National Team Coach Leadership Education Program (NTCLEP), Coach Accelerator Program (CAP) and International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP). Nadine earned an M.A. in Sport Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ed.D in Coaching and Teaching Studies. She was a competitive gymnast and has coached and judged gymnastics at various levels for 10 years.
     
    Listen on, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher  
    Highlights from the Podcast: What does a day at the USOPC look like for Nadine and Chris?
    How do we out the fun back into coaching?
    What is the push-back in the coach development community?
    How can a coach can build on the experiences of previous sessions?
    High-performing vs High-performance coaching
    Chris and Nadine talk about the coaching education programs free on https://howtocoachkids.org
    “If you want to be a good coach, you better be a good teacher!” 
    When is a good time for an athlete to start specializing?
    What if a kid doesn't want to specialize in one sport?
    Why shouldn’t we (with kids under the age of 12) put all the best kids on one team and beat other teams?
    "The worst thing a club can do: pus a bad coach with the lowest level athletes." 
    How does setting an age-date disadvantage certain kids?
    What is it like at the USOPC leading up to the next olympics?
    Resources Mentioned Quality Coaching Framework
    How to Coach Kids Website https://howtocoachkids.org
    Every Moment Matters: How the World's Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams
    Coaching Better Every Season: A year-round system for athlete development and program success
     
    Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses. 
     
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including: 
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes!
    A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the

    • 1 hr 19 min

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grateful coach ,

My favorite podcast!

I am a Gymnastics Coach and I can't begin to explain how much I have learned and applied to my Coaching from this podcast. So much useful information! No matter what sport you are involved in or if you are an athlete, coach or parent you will learn things that will make you better and more successful

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A must listen for sports parents that want to do things the right way!

These podcasts address crucial topics in youth sports, provide evidence based/sound guidelines and great applicable advice that can be put into practice to create the best situation possible for your youth athlete. The variety of guests is terrific and the host is brilliant. I have learned so much from listening to them and it has changed the way I parent my athlete for the better.

ELA253 ,

Please speak louder!!! Please!

John - love your podcasts and your work overall. I am an Army officer and will try to apply some of your techniques with my officers and senior non-commissioned officers in my Battalion this summer!

*Can you speak up though? I often listen to your podcasts while running or exercising and you come in very quiet, while your guest is over very clear and audible.

Keep up the great work!

Ed

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