Coach 360

Coach 360

Coach 360 is a podcast dedicated to helping high school coaches take their leadership to the next level. In each episode, we'll talk to high school coaches and athletic directors about topics like: developing culture, locker room management, character development, hiring staff, mental toughness, anger management, practice and preparation techniques, and more.

Episodes

July 19, 2021 51 min

Over the past 18 months, Mackey and the 2Words team have been asking students athletes from across the state of Texas about their experience with mental health, racial injustice, COVID frustrations, and the pressures facing teens today.

In this THSCA Coaching School Session, Mackey speaks on 5 Things Kids Wish Adults Knew (But Are Too Afraid Say).

Key Takeaways:
- How to remove the stigma of failure by defining what it means to fai...

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Coach Armando Jacinto was told "No" 25 times before he was finally told "Yes".

In this episode with the President of the Hispanic Texas High School Coaches Association and AD of Spring ISD, we talk with Coach Jacinto about his long road to success. From being guided into the coaching profession as a player, to struggling to land a job due to his ethnicity, to being inspired by a former player of his own to set his s...

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In our 300th episode (!!!), we hear from Johnny Ringo, Boys AD at Highland Park HS on how high expectations build high achievement. Coach Ringo talks about how character and sportsmanship allow their athletes to compete above their talent and become champions. We also hear about balancing career aspirations with today's work and the importance of remaining present and enjoying the impact you can make right where you are.

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"Deep down, our players want discipline. They want accountability."

Chris Dudley, AC at Cinco Ranch HS, builds TRUST in his program with clear and consistent communication; "Aggressively over communicating" is how he puts it. With that trust in place, he is then able to hold his athletes to clear standards that set them up to succeed on the field and off as they learn to sign their name to something worthwhile and l...

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"We don't get this day back, and neither do our kids."

When our kids are with us, we want that to be the best part of their day. In this episode with Kody Groves, AD at Mesquite ISD, we zoom in to hear about his motivation to give his absolute best for the athletes in his program, knowing that they only come through the program once. Then we zoom out to his role as district AD and recognize that giving our daily best is...

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"We do all we can, for as many as we can, for as long as we can."

In this episode with Todd Vesely, Executive Director of Athletics for Fort Worth ISD, we dive into the building blocks of what he describes as a "culture of improvement based on relationships and conversations." No single tool will ever be enough, but a culture that seeps into all departments can give life to a community. Though sometimes it may feel ...

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"Discipline is the bridge between peaks of motivation."

Whether it's tucked in shirts or being on-time, DISCIPLINE is the vehicle that carries us when our motivation has dried up. In this episode, Diane Wilson, Volleyball Coach at Eaton HS, walks us through building the trait of discipline through small, consistent expectations. She doesn't stop there. We then learn about Relationship Banks: catching our athletes do...

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"Don't underestimate the time that needs to be spent on building behaviors that make people successful."

In this episode with David Collins, AC and Head Football Coach at Pearce HS, we explore how culture drives BEHAVIOR and how "well trained" goes far beyond simple X's and O's. Coach Collins casts his VISION to have every athlete fulfill their potential and become, in his words, ELITE. He then unpacks t...

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"It sounds cliche but, for us, the biggest thing is academics."

In this episode with Merdith Shaw-Moore, Girls Coordinator and Volleyball Coach at Shoemaker HS, we dive into the cliche of focusing on academics and how grades can be a jumping off point into teaching character and life-maturity. She takes us through her Accountability Board, Team Tutoring, and a host of other dirt-level strategies you can employ to help your ...

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"The mind is everything. What we think we become."

Coach Brian Randle knows this is true, especially for athletes today. That's why he has his football team lie on the weight room floor, close their eyes, and visualize their success both on the field and off. "My job is to get kids out of their own way, to help them find their purpose and get fired up about it." In this episode, we dive into Coach Randle's 3...

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1. Faith 2. Family 3. Academics 4. Football

These are the priorities of a Jenks HS athlete. And putting these into practice is paying off to the tune of 17 Oklahoma State Championships! So our ears are up to see what we can learn. In this episode, Coach Keith Riggs talks about the importance of building men and the job satisfaction that gives him. He dives into core principles of their success and being the benefactor of a great cu...

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Before there is trust, effort, and a run-through-a-brick-wall-for-you commitment, there is LOVE. 

This episode with Devon Mann, Head Football Coach and A.D. at Santo ISD, hinges upon love. Not a Valentines Day feels love, but a Day One, Unconditional Choice to love and want the best for your athletes. From there, we range widely, hearing about keys to success for first-year coaches, the difference between a GOAL and a MISSION, runn...

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January 5, 2021 17 min

"When I was growing up, we just did whatever coach told us to do. Today, that's not enough. You've got to model it." In this episode, we speak to A.D. and football coach, Chad Olson out west in Pecos, TX about his program's core values of Effort, Attitude, Guts, Love, Energy, and Sacrifice... E.A.G.L.E.S.
We focus in on SACRIFICE, and how the same discipline that carries your athlete through a 6:30 AM workout wi...

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When you try to do someone else's job, you fail at their job AND you fail at your own. In this weight room talk, Mackey reminds us that while we can't do EVERYTHING, we can remain laser-focused on what is ours to accomplish today, on YOUR JOB.

- Deal in the truth, not in fantasy
- Embrace the obstacles along the way. They are mean to make you stronger

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When you are about to speed up, you'd better know you're headed in the right direction. That's why the first week of Boot Camp at Anderson-Shiro happens in the classroom. Bradley Hodges, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director talks to us about slowing down at transition points in the year to ask, "What is best for THIS group, at THIS moment? What have we done well and what have we not?"

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-Kids s...

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"School Pride" is a term often thrown around, but what does that mean? What does that look like in action and how do we as coaches build it?

In this episode with Coach Eli Brown, we hear of the STORIED Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And by storied, we mean 42 State Championships and 5 National Championships in 100 years of Boys Basketball... Coach Brown discusses how his team rehearses the history of t...

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Relationships are built on trust. If our athletes don't trust us, then we won't be able to build strong relationships with them. Without strong relationships, we can't help them become the best young men and women they can be. We can't just tell our athletes that they can trust us because trust is built slowly over time by both our words and our actions. In this episode, Coach Brandon Hankins tells us how to show at...

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Any athletic program needs a solid foundation in relationships. Relationships between athletes and coaches, as well as between the school and the community. Relationships are about getting to know each other and spending time together. Relationships are about caring for each other beyond what we can get out of the other person. In this episode, Coach Ruben Garcia offers down-to-earth advice for coaches about relationships, teaching...

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Being a coach isn't about you. It's not about your success; it's about the students' success. How our your athletes successful? How are you helping them to be ever more successful? Ensuring the success of others is what coaching is all about. In this episode, Coach Seth Stinton reminds us that coaching is never about us. Instead, it's about the kids and the journey we get to take them on.

Key Takeaways:
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This week, Mackey talks with retiring US Army Lieutenant Colonel Ingebrigt A.L. “Andy” Riise.   Andy is a Mental Performance Coach, Consultant, Speaker, and Author who passionate is helping individuals, leaders, and teams get better at what they do. A West Point graduate and former Army Football player, he had a decorated 20 year career, leading soldiers in a variety of austere missions highlighted by three combat deployments, stra...
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