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The Power of a Coaches Cohort

This past year as Athletic Administrators in Minnesota, we were invited to be a part of an InSideOut Initiative “AD Cohort” focused on personal and professional growth as well as to learn practical strategies to implement at our own schools. The only stipulation we had was to commit to our own communities that we were…

A New Standard for Eureka High

The emphasis on teamwork has never been preached as much as it is being these days at Eureka High. It’s not a new concept, just a different emphasis. Less of a revolution, more of an evolution. A sort of cultural evolution. “It’s about character development,” Athletic Director Kristie Christiansen said. And so much more. It’s…

Transformational Coaching Evaluations

“For teachers, as for students, the most effective evaluation comes from someone who sits beside us and helps us grow.”  Carol Ann Tomlinson A quality coaching evaluation process is needed to support a values-driven, education-based high school sports culture. For coaches and administrators interested in anything from freshening up your evaluation program to undergoing a…

First Four Steps of Turning Vision into Action

This is the second of a three-part series about managing and moving past resistance to change in your school community. You can read the first blog post here. Change is not the problem—it’s the resistance to change that is the problem. As school and sports leaders, it can feel like you’re constantly taking two steps…

Helping Youth See Their Value with Education-Based Athletics

Today’s students are under an incredible amount of pressure: academic pressure, achievement pressure, peer pressure, performance pressure and parental pressure to name a few. All of this is occurring at a developmental time in life when they are starting to separate from their parents and family in search of an identity and a path for…

How to Lead an Effective Conference-Wide Captains Council

As we continue on the InSideOut Initiative journey, people often ask, “what’s next” or “when are we done” or “what about the students?” One of the most important things for any coach or athletic administrator to remember is the journey to a purpose-based life is never “done.” The focus on what’s next is understandable, but…

How a Titans-sponsored initiative could change Tennessee high school athletics

A program sponsored by the Titans and the NFL Foundation and adopted by the TSSAA aims to eliminate a “win at all costs” mentality in high school athletics. The InSideOut Initiative promotes sports as an experience for human growth. “This is something that we feel is definitely needed,” TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said. “We’ve got to get back…

Using a Captains Council to Grow Student-Leaders

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone How do you grow your student leaders? Leadership is one of the most important skills we can help our youth develop, and sports provides the perfect medium to practice and grow leaders. Surveys even show the vast majority of…

WRCF Recognizes High School Football Coaches With Day Of Special Seminars

As a way to recognize their hard work over the last few football seasons, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation on Friday, April 13, hosted the Redskins High School Coach of the Week Celebration at FedExField for a special day of presentations. The previous winners, along with more coaches from the annual 4th & Life High School…

Sports and activities make BHS students’ lives better

Sports and activities enhance the educational mission for students at Brainerd High School. This was the emphasis BHS Activities Director Charlie Campbell sought to get across Monday to the Brainerd School Board during his activities update. Typically, Campbell reports on the participation numbers, but this time he wanted to address the “bigger picture” on the…