Why Restoring A Boat Is Like Coaching A Lacrosse Team

Aug 22, 2014

This summer, I pledged to rebuild my 17-foot center console and restore it to its glory days. For those of you who know boats, you can sympathize. Since my boat had been in outdoor storage for nearly five years, there was dust, dirt, wasp nests, gecko skeletons and the like that needed to be removed.

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Why You Should Celebrate Mistakes at Lacrosse Practice

May 16, 2014

How many times did you celebrate mistakes in your last practice? Last season?

Often times as a coach and teacher, I have witnessed the frustration of the mistake. The stick slams the ground, the head goes down, the mind goes to an alternate dimension. 

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Shed Your Expectations and Coach for More Than Wins

Dec 17, 2013

I recently had a teachable moment with my 13-year-old son. He was frustrated by the fact that one of our dogs, Callie—a Great Pyrenees—was leaving a record of her travels throughout the house in the form of soft white fur.

He was tired of waking up with fur in his mouth, fur on his clothes, and generally fur everywhere. He was mad at Callie and he reprimanded her for lounging on the couch. I asked him if he thought that the dog left her fur everywhere just to annoy him.

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Being Involved—by Letting Go of Control

Nov 11, 2013

When I was 17 years old, my father urged me to join him one morning to practice driving in the snow. When we arrived at the local parking lot turned open expanse of fresh powder, he asked me to take the wheel and get a feel for the car. I drove cautiously, stopping and accelerating at low speeds. My dad chuckled as I gripped the handle tightly at 10 and 2 and worked to gain control of the 1974 Volare station wagon.

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