The Efficient Coach

The Efficient Coach

This show is all about how you can become a more efficient coach. We will talk about topics that will help you coach with a higher quality while spending less time doing so. Giving you time to spend with your family and friends, on your personal development and to give you that competitive advantage. The Efficient Coach podcast is for coaches of all team sports that are looking for a way to improve their everyday coaching life.... Show More

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August 5, 2020 53 min

Dan Abrahams holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of London and a Sport Psychology Master in Brunel University London. He has worked as the lead psychologist for England Golf and England Rugby in addition to consulting numerous football (soccer) clubs such as AFC Bournemouth and Östersunds FK. 

You might know Dan from his great podcast The Sport Psych Show or from his writing. He has authored four books that are...

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Rainer is the founder and CEO of Courtex Performance and the lead mental performance coach for NBA and FIBA clients. He has worked with hundreds of clients up to the Olympic level, have a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a Specialization in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior and is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant.

We talk about what the word culture means, how you as a coach build it, maintain it and evolve it during a seas...

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Niall is the current Head of Coach Education for the Football Association of Ireland. He holds a UEFA Pro coaching license and has a Master of Education from the University College in Cork. His presence as the Head of Coach Education has led to a more holistic approach to coach education in FAI. 

We start out this session by going into a couple of quotes I found really interesting and that speaks to Niall’s core beliefs in coach edu...

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This is the first of several conversations between Marcus and Rob on topics that are a part of most coaches professional career. In this session we start when you start, from the beginning of your time at the program, and even before. What should you think about? What to focus on? 

In 2017, Rob who was then the successful Head Coach of the Men’s Soccer program at Arcadia University, reached out to Marcus for guidance. They started a...

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Thomas is a Dutch Basketball coach who has coached in a lot of different roles, countries and levels of the game. He is passionate about basketball and developing players to fulfill their maximum potential. 

He has some interesting perspectives on talent development, team performance and coach education that made this into a great conversation. We talk a lot about how to develop young players, looking at some differences between bas...

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Not long ago professor Anders Ericsson past away. You might recognize his name from some research around what it takes to become excellent in any field. He’s mostly known for the “10,000 hour rule” which came out of one of his research projects. 

His passing made me think of this (faulty) 10,000 hour rule, and even more on what he emphasized, deliberate practice. Looking back on my own life, I realize that I have only been consisten...

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Get ready for a great conversation with Neill Collins, head coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship. We’re going to talk about his transition from a being a player one day, and the head coach the next. So there’s a lot of learning in this for those of you who are still playing, but also you who wonder about life as a coach in the professional game.

Neill has an extensive playing career that includes stints in Sunderla...

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Mark Smith is the National Team coach of the Canadian Women’s Softball team, and has been for the last decade. Prior to that he Coached the Men’s National Team for 13 years and was an accomplished player who was curious about everything in the sport, which led to his great coaching career. 

I really enjoyed talking to Mark and taking part of his wisdom around coaching and people development. We dive into topics such as the differenc...

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In this amazing conversation with John O’Sullivan, the founder of the Changing the Game Project and the host of the Way of Champions Podcast, we talk about the most important things for coaches to think about in their coaching. Spoiler alert: It’s not the tactics.

John O’Sullivan is  the author of two #1 bestselling books, Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back t...

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With all the changes going on in the US Youth Soccer landscape, I decided to sit down with Diane Scavuzzo, editor in chief at Soccer Today to get the latest insights to what’s going on. We discuss everything from the complex US Youth system to the future after DA with MLS, USL and other organizations taking charge. 

Diane is the Founder and Editor in Chief at Soccer Today, the #1 youth digital soccer news publication in America. The...

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After coaching for many years I realized that there were certain things that I thought was “right” or “smart” when starting out that turned out to be useless at best, and plain crazy at worst. If someone would have told me about these 5 things when my coaching career started, it would’ve become a much smoother ride to the top. 

How do I know what you wish you knew before you started coaching? I don’t. However, what I have done is as...

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Have you ever wondered what a Technical Director does? After hearing multiple stories from different clubs and organizations, I for one could not answer that question. That might be the same for you which is why I wanted sit down with someone who had held that position to get it all explained to me. 

Jess Ibrom has a UEFA A & USSF A license and has coached in many countries including stints at Houston Dynamo, Wellington Phoenix ...

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In this conversation Dr. Meeta Singh shares why the current culture in coaching is actually making coaches worse, and what you can do to avoid being part of that. Sleep is something that can be difficult for you to get enough, especially with all the travel required within coaching. 

Dr. Singh is the Service Chief of sleep medicine, Section Head and Medical Director at the Henry Ford sleep center in Michigan. She has served as a con...

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In this session I talk to the current Head Coach of Oklahoma Energy FC of the USL. We talk about the things you don’t learn about in coaching courses or in the webinars. 

JP shares his path into the pro game and the importance of networking, a crucial skill for any coach who wants to be successful over time. Having worked at different levels and in different roles, we talk extensively about the different roles Head Coach and Assista...

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Damian Hughes is a trusted adviser to the business, education and sporting elite, specializing in the creation of high performing culture. His book “The Barcelona Way, Unlocking the DNA of a Winning Culture” was so popular it sold out. 

In this conversation we discuss the books popularity, find out why that is, and dive into culture and culture change. There’s a lot of examples from FC Barcelona and Pep Guardiola that coaches can le...

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You might have thought about reaching out to someone to help you on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. If that’s you, this session will help you by hearing first hand from someone who has taken that leap of faith.

In this session I talk to one of my private coaching clients Vegard Lund Nes about why getting help is a good idea, and what you should think about when doing so. We use our relationship as an example, ...

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I had a great time talking to Barry from Jansen HR, a human resources and leadership consulting company that specializes in helping Pro Coaches increase their own, and their teams performance. 

Barry has worked with coaches from all levels in different sports, and from around the world. I came in contact with him while at the Leaders in Sport Performance Summit in Chicago back in 2017. 

We immediately hit it off due to being wired in...

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Since upcoming workshops and live events have been cancelled, I am bringing you the content in audio format on the Efficient Coach podcast instead. 

This episode is based on the workshops that I’ve held in the beginning of this year and you will notice that since I’m handing out some tasks that you can do to improve your prioritization. 

We will go through the model for better prioritization in detail:

  • Calibrating your inner compass (...
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    This conversation with the Senior Director of Youth Development at the USL, Liam O’Connell is great for anyone who want to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the US Soccer Development landscape. 

    Liam is doing some really great things over at the USL in order to help clubs develop better players. He has experience from doing it himself at Sporting KC and has implemented a lot of the same principles in the most exitin...

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    March 25, 2020 32 min

    We are experiencing a strange time that will be hard for many of us. I hope you are staying safe and doing your part to help out. 

    When training sessions and coaching courses are cancelled we have time to reflect on a lot of things in our lives. One of the things we can work on during this difficult time is our own personal development.

    And what better aspect of our personal development to focus on than the thing that can protect you...

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