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Sample Articles from the Championship Coaches Network

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Greg Shelley, Ph.D., Director of Leadership Academies at Fordham, Lafayette, and Colgate
As a coach you wear many hats. You are a teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, administrator, leader, parent, trainer, and coach. Still, at the end of the week, you are expected to win . . . and an im . . . keep reading
5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself So You Can Take Care of Others
Greg A. Shelley, Ph.D., Colgate and Lafayette Leadership Academies
"Will you look back on life and say, 'I wish I had', or 'I'm glad I did'?" - Zig Ziglar Coaching is all about helpi . . . keep reading
6 Leadership Lessons from the Illini Leadership Academy
Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Leadership Lessons from Our Leadership Academies Continuing our in-depth look at our various Leadership Academies across the nation, this article explores six Leadership Lessons from the Illini . . . keep reading
You Move in the Direction of What You Think!
Greg A. Shelley, Ph.D., Colgate and Lafayette Leadership Academies
Excerpt from Dr. Shelley's forthcoming book: Coach Up: 50 Rules to Build Committed, Confident, and Motivated Athletes and Teams (Publication Date - Fall 2012) "So . . . keep reading
The Declining Program: The 6 Biggest Reasons Why Programs Slip
Jeff Janssen, M.S., Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Has your program slipped over the last few years? Getting concerned about your job security as a coach because you just can't seem to turn things around? Let's look at six of the most common reasons that contribute to the downfall and demise of programs. . . . keep reading
How to Build and Sustain an Elite Program
Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
What does it take to build and maintain and Elite Program? Find out the eight obstacles Elite Programs must overcome to build and sustain a championship program. . . . keep reading
RISING ABOVE: How to Build Your Team So You Can Breakthrough to the Elite Level
Jeff Janssen, M.S., Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Looking to climb the mountain of success and take your team to an Elite level? This article is custom-designed for programs who are looking to ascend to the Elite level. . . . keep reading
Elite, Rising, Plateauing, Declining, or Problematic? The 5 Stages of Program Development
Jeff Janssen, M.S., Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Where is your program? Whether you are a coach coaching your own team or an athletic administrator leading an entire athletic department, your overall program is either improving, plateauing, dominating, declining, or imploding. . . . keep reading
Are Your Athletes Whiners or Winners?
Greg A. Shelley, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Does it ever seem like there is something special about being around winners? They just have a way about them that makes you want to watch, listen, and learn. Find out more about how others find a way to remain positive in the face of obstacles, and keep an optimistic outlook for the future...... . . . keep reading
10 Leadership Lessons from the Legendary Bill Walsh - Part 1
Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Former San Francisco 49ers football coach Bill Walsh was a true genius when it came to building and sustaining a championship program. During his remarkable coaching career, Coach Walsh led the 49ers to three Super Bowl Championships. Learn more about the lessons he used to build a dynasty.... . . . keep reading
7 Strategies to Select Your Team Captains - Part 1
Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Trying to figure out how to determine your team captains for the upcoming season? Here are seven strategies you can use to select the best leaders for your team. . . . keep reading
11 Proven Strategies to Motivate Your Team for Offseason Workouts - Part 1
Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
11 Proven Strategies to Motivate Your Team for Offseason Workouts - Part 1 Worried many of your athletes are going to take it too easy and waste your break or offseason? Are most of your kids skipping their weight and conditioning workouts? Discover 11 strategies to help your players get the most out of the offseason. . . . keep reading
Interview with the Big East's Most Improved Player Natalie Novosel
Natalie Novosel and Jeff Janssen
Discover how Natalie Novosel's compelling offseason workouts helped Notre Dame women's basketball make it to the National Championship game. . . . keep reading
Top 10 Lessons from Academy Leaders: The Next Generation Speaks Up - Part 1
Greg A. Shelley, Ph.D.
Top 10 Lessons from Academy Leaders:  
The Next Generation Speaks Up - Part 1 As exciting as it is to work with and mentor aspiring leaders, it can also, at times, be humbling. Sometimes, despite my reading, studying, and preparation, the athletes "say it better" than I can. The more I spend time with this next generation of leaders, the more I seem to learn.... . . . keep reading
5 Keys to Turnaround Your Team: Discover How Michigan Men's Basketball Made the NCAA Tourney After a 1-6 Conference Start
Jeff Janssen, Michigan Leadership Academy
Imagine starting off your conference season with a disastrous 1-6 record... Your fans are disgruntled and restless. You wonder if your players are ready to pack it in. Discover the 5 things the Michigan coaches and leaders did to turn things around and almost beat defending national champion Duke in the NCAA Tourney at the buzzer. . . . keep reading
How to Build and Bond Your Team by Giving Back
Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
Imagine getting involved with something that will build and bond your team, provide your athletes with extra motivation on the playing fields, teach them leadership and life skills, help them appreciate all they have, connect them with a cause greater than themselves, make a difference in the world, and give back to your community? . . . keep reading
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