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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.

Way of Champions Podcast John O'Sullivan

    • Soccer
    • 4.8, 180 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.

    #176 Anson Dorrance, World Cup and 21x NCAA Champion Coach

    #176 Anson Dorrance, World Cup and 21x NCAA Champion Coach

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we replay an episode from 2018 with a 39-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 2020.  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
     
    Highlights from the Podcast: The winningest soccer coach in NCAA history was almost a Corporate Lawyer instead
    Jerry describes the “tribe of trust” that Anson creates in his teams
    Anson on “a great team is a collection of small societies”
    April Heinrichs and the value of competing like there’s no tomorrow
    The “competitive cauldron”” the importance of training the mentality of your athletes
    Anson shares his “Play for the Seniors” theory
    “Love those you teach”
    Anson’s advice to young coaches
     
    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

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

    #175 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
    #174 “Talent can be the obstacle” with Allon Khakshouri, former manager of world #1 Novak Djokovic

    #174 “Talent can be the obstacle” with Allon Khakshouri, former manager of world #1 Novak Djokovic

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome High Performance Expert, Allon Khakshouri. Allon Khakshouri is a recognized personality in the sports world, and has managed the careers of some of this generation's greatest tennis players, including current world number one Novak Djokovic. We dive into what separates the great players from everyone else, how important intrinsic motivation is for an athlete’s career, and how to add stress to practice to prepare for competition success.

     
    You can follow Allon on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn. Be sure to check out his website http://mentalgameoftennis.com.
     
    Highlights from the Podcast: Allon shares how he got into focusing on the mental side of sports
    What separates good players from the great players?
    How important is it to escalate your professionalism as you move through the ranks?
    Novak Djokovic started his career at 14 with serious physical limitations… how did he became one of the best in the world? What does "Talent needs Trauma" mean?
    How important is “love of the game” for an athlete’s success?
    The importance of the growth mindset
    Allon shares tips on parenting excellent athletes
    What are mistake rituals and why should athletes have them?
    Adding stress to practice sessions
    Where does positive psychology fit in the athlete’s journey?
     
    Resources Mentioned Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success
    Choke: The Secret to Performing Under Pressure
    Every Moment Matters: How the World's Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams
     
    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

    • 58 min
    #173 How to be an Effective Coach with David and Keith Mayer

    #173 How to be an Effective Coach with David and Keith Mayer

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome David and Keith Mayer, authors of the book Gold Dust: How to Become A More Effective Coach, Quickly: How to become a better communicator. We discuss intentionally evolving as a coach, writing a book with a family member, and why good coaches are great teachers. You can follow David and Keith on Twitter and be sure to check out their Podcast "Gold Dust” or their website golddustmentoring.com.
     
    As two ex-soccer players who represented professional clubs, David and Keith both followed similar paths in their playing careers. They both played in England, and David played in Spain. Both David and Keith had relatively successful college careers in America. David was a two-year captain at a #1 ranked Division 1 school, while Keith captained a winning National Championship team and was named MVP in 1982. They both suffered very similar injuries throughout their careers, both retiring at young ages.
     
    After retiring from playing, both David and Keith started coaching. Keith became one of the youngest UEFA A License coaches in England at the time, passing in 1985. Keith was mentored by and was a close friend of one of the greatest coach educators of all time, Dick Bate, who sadly passed away in 2018. Keith worked alongside Dick, presenting on Pro License courses, among other things.
     
    Highlights from the Podcast: David and Keith discuss what it was like to end their career as an athlete 
    How do you intentionally evolve as a coach?
    Why do some coaches decide they do not need coach development?
    Keith shares the story of writing the book with his son
    The Broiler Room and The Lone Wolf, stories from Gold Dust
    Good Coaches are Great teachers
    Silence between the notes where you can gather the most effective moments in coaching
    Resources Mentioned Gold Dust: How to Become A More Effective Coach, Quickly: How to become a better communicator
    Every Moment Matters: How the World's Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams
    Coach to Coach: An Empowering Story About How to Be a Great Leader
    #172 How to Be a Great Sports parent and a Better Coach with Seth Taylor and Skye Eddy Bruce
    #157 How to be a Great Coach with Martin Rooney, author and NFL, MMA and Special Forces Trainer
    The Gold Dust Podcast
     
    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 16 min
    #172 How to Be a Great Sports parent and a Better Coach with Seth Taylor and Skye Eddy Bruce

    #172 How to Be a Great Sports parent and a Better Coach with Seth Taylor and Skye Eddy Bruce

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome Skye Eddy Bruce and Seth Taylor. We dive into the youth sports world and discuss the topic of being a great sports parent like how to get parents to listen to what their children want/need, the difference between encouraging and distracting sideline behavior by parents, and creating alignment between clubs so that real positive change can happen.
     
    Skye Eddy Bruce, a former Collegiate and Youth All-American, Professional Player, Collegiate and Youth Coach and Camp Director, the Soccer Parenting Association aims to educate, engage, support and advocate for youth soccer parents. Connect with Skye on LinkedIn or Twitter and at her website SoccerParenting.com. 
     
    Seth Taylor is a dynamic new voice in the world of theological thought, addressing difficult topics such as belief, philosophy, mysticism, and the roots of addiction. He holds a M.A. in Theology and Culture from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington, where he lives with his wife and two children. Connect with Seth on LinkedIn or Twitter at his website at IanniTraining.com or sethalantaylor.com
     
    Highlights from the Podcast: Why is there resistance from parents when it comes to advice on how to be a good sports parent?
    Should clubs make it things mandatory for the parents and athletes to participate in certain education?
    The difference between encouraging and distracting sideline behavior by parents 
    How do we get more parents and coaches to attend personal development workshops?
    Can we move to a place where kids feel like they are “playing” and not “working” in sports?
    How do we create alignment between clubs so that real positive change can happen?
    Why do we put former athletes in leadership positions because of their previous success as a player, not because of their ability to coach?
    How can parents support their children on the sideline to improve performance? 
     
    Resources Mentioned #56 “Some parents are crazy, but most are just stressed!” Why parent engagement is key to fixing youth sports with Skye Eddy Bruce, Founder of SoccerParenting.com
    WOC #34 Best Selling Author, Dan Heath, on How Coaches can Create Extraordinary Moments for their Athletes
    Soccer Parent Resource Center
    Seth Taylor on Child vs. Player Development
    On Frame: Exploring the Depths of Parenting in the World of Youth Soccer
    The Coaching Revolution: An Interactive Guide To Finding Joy And Excellence In Coaching
     
    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

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #171 The Miraculous Story Of Austin Hatch: From 2x Plane Crash Survivor to University of Michigan Basketball

    #171 The Miraculous Story Of Austin Hatch: From 2x Plane Crash Survivor to University of Michigan Basketball

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome Austin Hatch, a two-time plane crash survivor and inspirational speaker. Hatch’s story is nothing short of Miraculous. 
     
    On Labor Day of 2003, Hatch and his family were flying home from their vacation home in northern Michigan. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed and burst into flames. Hatch’s dad threw him out of the plane, saving his life and went back into the flames to get his mother, sister and brother, but tragically, was unable to. His mother, sister and brother did not survive. Years later, Hatch was offered a scholarship to play basketball for Michigan. 
     
    Nine days later, on June 24th, 2011, Hatch's father and “second mother” were involved in a plane crash and both died on impact. Hatch suffered severe injuries and nearly lost his life. After being in a coma for two months, he had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat and basically how to live his life, once he woke up. With the help of many, many people and against the odds, Hatch persevered and was able to make a solid comeback to take the place at university that was held open for him. 
     
    Hatch believes that in part, the reason he survived two plane crashes, endured tragic losses and made it through an amazing road to recovery, was to help others. He has been sharing his story of encouragement to help inspire others to work harder and get better in the years since.

     
    Watch Austin’s Story—> Miraculous: The Austin Hatch Story 
     
    You can find him on Twitter @AustinHatch30 or on LinkedIn. 
     
    Highlights from the Podcast:
    Austin shares what he is up to recently
    Growing up after a tragedy 
    Getting the call to play at Michigan
    The journey to recovery after broken bones and a medically induced coma
    Life after basketball and inspiring others
    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 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

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

mfbeachgirl ,

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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