Program Building Gold for Coaches

One of my favorite coaches to study for my own improvement and the improvement of our program is Kevin Eastman. In addition to speaking to coaches, he is also a sought after speaker in the business world. This post contains some bullet point notes that I have taken from him over the past several years.

As you think about ways to improve your program, I hope that you can apply at least a few of these to improving both your coaching staff and your athletes.

Success lies in the simplicity. Confusion lies in the sophistication.
Encourages athletes to have big eyes, big ears, and a small mouth.
Asks as many purposeful questions anytime he has an opportunity to learn from anyone. “I already know what I know. I don’t know enough. I need to know what you know.”

Be on a mission every day to seek and find new information that will make you a better coach and leader. Then take the time to think deeply about how you can immediately apply your new knowledge to your job.

Be so prepared as a coach that you have the answers before your athletes ask.

7 things he makes the tine to do daily

1) Read for 2 hours on his sport and leadership
2) Spend time in sustained thought focused on improving
3) Plan/Organize how to apply those thoughts
4) Work out
5) Do his job
6) Daily family time
7) Get adequate sleep

Become a learn it all, not a know it all
Be a great question asker
Become a meticulous note taker and organize them to help you be better
Working hard should be a given for everyone in the program. It is the price of admission
To get ahead, do the unrequired work that makes a difference.

No job is too big, no job is too small.
Figure out what you don’t know, then figure out a way to learn it and apply it to improve your team

Make a total commitment to un-distracted thinking time every day.

Seek wisdom from those who came before you.

Wants his athletes to develop an “improvement” stamina, a development discipline that can stand the test of the greatness grind every day…

Mad, Sad, Hard–get over all of those!

The best organizations don’t just see teamwork as an internal necessity; they understand customers/vendors/fans, etc are vital teammates too!

We have all heard “seeing is believing”: so much application to leadership. To get your team to believe they have to see that you believe!

Letting your people know not only that you value them but also letting them know what you value in them gives everyone more confidence/enthusiasm!

A team is a variety of talents, attitudes, and commitments. The leader has to be able to reach them all and get the best out of them!

Best way to get your job done well: 1) Define your job. 2) Do your job. 3) Finish your job. 4) Evaluate your job. Lastly: make adjustments & repeat!

Leadership question. Do you raise the level of your team or maintain it? Constantly evaluate & improve!

Reminder to us all: the circles we travel in have tremendous bearing on how we think; how we view things; and how we make choices. Be careful! We become like the 5 people that we spend the most time with.

Think about changing your mindset by changing your words. For me “problems” have become “challenges” & “competitions” to see if I can solve them!

Two groups you must pay 100% attention to: 1) the group of people (your circle) you travel in; 2) the group of thoughts you allow into your mind!

“Getting there” requires you first to “get in”. Get in the fight. Get in the hours. Get in the work. Get in the study. Get in the mindset!

What you put on paper is most powerful when you put it in front of you on a daily basis. Seeing it makes it become a part of you every day.

What matters most must be taken care of the most. This certainly goes for family but should also apply to it life & career. Self audit this!

Leadership comes with just as many difficult situations as it does with fulfilling moments. You must sign up for both!


2 comments for “Program Building Gold for Coaches

  1. Marion
    October 11, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Great article but I can’t by into the “Read for 2 hours on basketball and leadership” Most coaches aren’t “coaches only”. They have a main job and a family. If I read for 2 hours a day, something else would need to go like family or sleep.

  2. April 23, 2017 at 9:25 am

    This is a valuable article. Thank you for sharing

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