Tennessee State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brian “Penny” Collins joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss how his experience as a player at Belmont impacts his philosophy today, recruiting the right student-athletes, influences on his coaching style, his tenure thus far at Tennessee State and much more.
0:59 – Going into your first head coaching job at Columbia State, did you feel prepared when you took over? 1:56 – What did you learn when you first became a head coach? 3:09 – Playing under Coach Rick Byrd at Belmont, what made him such a good coach? 4:19 – How was the adjustment as a freshman in college joining a structured program in college? 5:18 – Did your strict culture as a player impact how you target prospective student-athletes? 6:07 – What are some of your non-negotiables as a coach? 7:42 – In recruiting, how do you balance talent, character and culture fit? 9:48 – As a high school coach, what did your dad instill in you that you carry forward as a head coach today? 13:44 – What was your plan early in your tenure at Tennessee State and how did you execute that plan? 15:41 – How does the tradition as a school and tradition as a basketball program at Tennessee State help what you’re doing? 18:25 – What are your practices like? 19:43 – How do you ensure your players are competing hard and at a high level? 21:37 – What is one book you would recommend a young coach to read?
Michigan Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chaka Daley joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss Daley’s leadership approach and preparing to be a head coach at 26 years old, communicating with individual student-athletes, the growth in his leadership style, creating his staff to complement his weaknesses and the important characteristics of his most successful teams.
1:26 – What was your approach and how did you prepare to be a head coach at 26 years old? 6:04 – How have to grown to communicate with each of your players differently? 9:23 – How important is culture in soccer and how different are the leadership dynamics on a soccer team? 13:21 – Did you form your staff with the differing mentalities of players at different positions in mind? 16:45 – What are the most important characteristics from your most successful teams? 19:50 – Over the last 20 years as a head coach, how has your leadership style evolved?
VCU Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Mike Rhoades, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss what Rhoades learned from his Division III coaching experience, becoming a head coach at 25 years old, how his head coach experience made him a better Division I assistant, his leadership style and how it has developed throughout his career and more.
1:11 – How did your Division III playing experience impact your desire to be a coach and your approach to coaching? 2:18- Taking over the Randolph Macon at 25 years old, how did you prepare for that as an assistant coach? 3:57 – Had you even started thinking about becoming a head coach and your philosophy when you took over at 25? 9:05 – How would you describe your leadership approach as a head coach at age 25? 11:00 – How did your leadership style adjust as you developed as a head coach? 12:26 – Was it a tough decision to leave Randolph Macon to go back and be an assistant and how did it impact your ability to be an effective assistant? 14:18 – As an assistant under Shaka Smart, what makes him so good? 16:27 – When you took over as the head coach at Rice, how did you approach building the culture and adapting your leadership style? 20:13 – At Rice, when you were not having as much success, was it a struggle to get the student-athletes to buy in and stay bought in? 22:46 – How much has your leadership approach evolved as a coach throughout your career?
Bryant Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Mike Pressler, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss Pressler’s leadership approach and evolution over his 35 years as a head coach, the importance of captains on his team, team building, preparing for and handling adversity, and much more.
1:06 – How would you define your approach to leadership and building a team? 2:28 – How do you look for and define leaders on your team? 6:12 – How do you handle when a student-athlete is selected a captain, but may not fit the leadership mold? 10:35 – Do you find your captains have to be a top player to have credibility with the team or can a backup serve in that role? 12:49 – How has your leadership approach changed or evolved over your 35 years as a head coach? 15:51 – Having been to your practices, how do you emphasize and demand such a high level of communication? 18:04 – You said confident players are better communicators. If a student-athlete is not communicating enough on the field, do you have to coach their confidence? 19:19 – As a coach, do you ever feel that you need to take a step back and allow the team to communicate? 21:37 – How do you set your team up to deal with adversity?
Cincinnati Head Men’s Basketball Coach, John Brannen, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss Brannen’s unique experiences in taking over at Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Brannen discusses his approach to leadership, adapting his style to his personnel, creating buy-in among student-athletes, handling success and much more.
1:00 – How would you describe your approach to leadership? 2:30 – How do you get your players to really take ownership of what they’re doing every day and give them some control? 4:49 – When you were working to change the culture at Northern Kentucky, did you change a lot of personnel or was it the same group? 6:23 – How did you create buy-in without the on-court success? 7:55 – Once you start having success, how do you handle that success? 9:43 – How do you handle coming into a team that’s looking at a new head coach, but is used to winning? 12:42 – How much did you have to change your approach and how much did your student-athletes have to adjust? 14:40 – Did you make some adjustments as far as style of play and how you were playing to better fit the personnel? 15:54 – How much pressure did you feel to have success with this group in your first year and how did you handle it? 17:42 – Was there a point this year in January or February where you felt more comfortable with your team? 18:31 – Looking back on the season, was there something you could’ve done differently to become more comfortable with your team quicker? Or was it a matter you needed time to get to know each other and you need time to understand each other? 20:35 – How much have you grown, adapted, changed your approach since you’ve been a head coach? 23:19 – How important is it and how do you go about finding a comfort zone with people around you who are going to make you uncomfortable and are going to challenge you?
Cincinnati Head Women’s Basketball Coach Michelle Clark Heard joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. Clark Heard discusses her approach to building a program, being transparent and open with her players, creating buy-in, and the challenges of rebuilding a program.
1:28 – How has your approach to team building culture evolved since you first became a head coach? 2:34 – How have you shown your players transparency as you’ve evolved as a head coach? 5:08 – How do you lead each of your players differently? 7:34 – What did you learn from being an assistant under Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz? 9:43 – Do you think a lot of coaches struggle with being direct and honest with their players and showing that transparency? 13:48 – How do you develop your culture and create buy in with your players when they don’t see immediate success? 15:51 – What do you do when you get challenged by your players when rebuilding a program? 18:32 – If I were to go to a Cincinnati women’s basketball practice, what am I going to see? 20:01 – Who’s the best leader you’ve come across and what were their attributes that made them so good?
Chris Holtmann, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Ohio State, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. Walsh opens the podcast with the list of the seven Head Men’s Basketball Coaches who have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in the last five years, which includes Holtmann. Holtmann discusses his approach to rebuilding the Ohio State program upon his arrival, creating buy-in from his players, the ups and downs of the 2019-20 season and his thoughts on sustaining success.
3:39 – What was your approach going into Ohio State to try to establish yourself, your culture and your approach to building a team? 6:11 – What were your expectations and how did you manage that as you started to have success? 8:07 – Was there any resistance to what you were trying to do with your players and how did you deal with that? Was there any pushback throughout and what was your response to it? 11:00 – How was Christmas this year given how the season had gone at that point? 13:32 – Is there any way to prepare for adversity and getting knocked around without actually going through the adversity? 15:57 – What did you do to try to help dig your team out of the mid-season slump where you lost 6 out of 7? 18:17 – In post-game conversations with your team, are you asking and listening to your players about their perspective on what is happening? 21:31 – Is it a significant part of your approach to prepare your team on how they respond to adversity? 23:05 – How much has your approach evolved since you first got into coaching and became a head coach? 24:52 – How do you continue to sustain success and how much do you have to adapt to be able to do it?
Steve Pikiell, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Rutgers University, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. Pikiell talks about his philosophy of making himself invaluable when he was an assistant coach and how it helped him prepare for a head coaching position. He also talks about the lessons he learned while playing and coaching for Jim Calhoun at UConn. The conversation goes into building programs at his previous stops and staying focused when the wins aren’t there yet.
Jamion Christian, Men’s Basketball Head Coach at George Washington University, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. The two discuss Christian’s thoughts on why he doesn't have team captains. They also talk about the leadership enhancement plan that Christian puts his teams through and the kind of player he looks for when recruiting, listing talent as one of the most overrated commodities.
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