Coach Mike Kelly on Program Leadership: Keys to Top-Notch Direction for Your Team

Posted: December 6, 2011 in coaching, Leadership
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I conducted a “webinar” for the Glazier Clinics last evening and have gotten such a positive response last evening and this morning that is humbling and gratifying.  Many have asked that I post the PowerPoint presentation that accompanied the presentation.  Thank you to all and glad this will be of some assistance.

1. Be around great people!
  • Seek them out
  • Learn from everyone
  • Need good people
  • Have people who want to be part of the program
  • People who want to make your life better
2. Expect a great deal of yourself
  • No limitations – allows you to expect more from others
3. Expect a great deal of others
  • Raise their level of self expectations
  • Compliment – that you believe they can do more
  • No limitations – on their capacity to achieve
  • Make football important to everyone in your program
4. Give responsibility
  • Let coaches coach
  • Encourage coaches to seek responsibility
  • Expect it to get done – demand it
  • Task sheet – dead lines – write it down – stick to it – no excuses!
  • Everyone must have responsibility for success and failure
  • Those who want to “move up” need greater responsibility
  • Players responsible for behavior, academic success, health and effort
  • Coaches responsible for players, their performance, and discipline
  • Don’t allow it all to roll downhill
5. Priorities – if important, make it so – if not, don’t waste time
  • Too much trivia in football
  • Can be good at that which you emphasize
6. Involvement
  • Get people to support program and players (eliminate jealousy)
  • Those with you are not against you
  • Assign a coach to each department in school
  • Monthly calls to parents/department heads
  • Send monthly newsletter – “State of the Program” to supporters and faculty
  • Be involved in school programs
  • Involvement in community
7. Care – Be genuine
  • Make time for players and staff
  • Make them important to others
8. Team leadership
  • Mini meetings (teach leadership)
  • Seniors – Reps- Captains (assign projects)
  • Develop early – don’t wait until seniors

9. Attitude development

  • Improve everyday (key to building program on solid ground) As a person – student – athlete. Find a way to do this each day – ask how. Evaluate each day
  • Toughness (over potential) Practice everyday.  Breaking point (that point at which you lose focus and stop concentrating on task at hand).  Gradually eliminate a breaking point.  Mark of mental toughness
  • Self discipline (doing what you are supposed to do when you are suppose to do it, how you are suppose to and doing it that way every time).  Do it right!  Don’t expect or accept less.  Will it help you be better?  If so, do it!
  • Great effort – can practice and play as hard as anyone, YOU control this
  • Enthusiasm (applies to coaches and players) don’t leave home without it – plan it – start each day, each meeting, and each practice with it
  • Learn (teach) how to stop losing.  Turnovers – mistakes – lack of effort – penalties – attitude (don’t beat yourself)
  • Never give up / expect more – take nothing for granted – do the little things
  • Don’t accept losing / expect to win – believe in yourself – believe in each other – believe in the system (trust/global picture)
  • Unity – come together as never before.  Be in the locker room with players everyday.  Don’t let players leave unhappy.  Trust in each other – earn trust.  Stress trust and common goals in meetings
  • Consistency (based on belief in what you do – trust in the system) coaches must be consistent if you want players to be consistent – don’t change system (can alter)
  • Goal setting – most important is devising a well thought out plan and then carry it out
  • Humility (credit others) teach it to players – great trait to win friends for your program
10. Repetition
  • Takes a lot of reps to learn
  • Have a plan – keep repeating it – they will improve
11.     “If it is to be, it is up to me”
  • Delegate authority but be prepared

12. Discipline is not personal

  • Focus on the lesson to be learned
  • Listen to the thought, not the tone
13. Commitment – talk to coaches and players individually about it – you will know who is making the     commitment you want
14. Addressing problems – expect them – they will be there everyday – don’t be discouraged – every problem can be solved
15. Allow others to make decisions – help players believe it is their team – they will accept the responsibility
16. Finally, we offer as a resource, ten of Murphy’s Laws.  These laws can be traced back to an earlier proposition known as Dill’s Law of Random Perversity and are food for thought for anyone charged with the responsibility of supervision:
1. If anything can go wrong, it will.
2. Nothing is as easy as it looks.
3. Everything takes longer than you think.

4. Left unto themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
5. It always costs more than first estimated.
6. It is easier to get involved in something than to get out of it.
7. Every solution breeds new problems.
8. If you’re feeling good, don’t worry – you’ll get over it.
9. It is impossible to make everything fool proof because fools are so ingenious.
10. The more complex the idea or technology, the more simple-minded the opposition.
A special thanks to Coach Bill Snyder from Kansas State who introduced me to many of these principles nearly 20 years ago and they have held true.  Adapt and incorporate these specifics to your program and you will create a positive environment leading to success.  Good Luck!

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