• UFC’s Tareq Azim: It’s on you to win you

    December 7th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Coach

    UFC Trainer and former college footballer Tareq Azim stopped by the Seattle Seahawks practice facility today. WinForever was fortunate to get a couple minutes with Azim, who was adamant in following the WinForever philosophy in his daily life.

    He has a desire to be a coach and lead because it allows him to discover his self-worth, and allow him to tackle his own dreams. He applies the traits and attributes he receives from being a coach into every other element in his life. “My main purpose in this world is to get as successful as I possibly can,” Azim told WinForever.

    Having a vision and a plan gives him the fuel to continue to compete. From the way you eat … Read More

  • First step for coaches fired in college football: Recognize your value

    December 5th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Coach

    Continuing from last week’s blog post on my argument that it can be a good thing to be fired, I will profile the steps that a coach (in this case, a college football coach) takes in pursuing his next gig and how he has been impacted.

    There are many levels of coaches in college football, but all are impacted when the head coach gets fired, and that’s what we’re focusing on in this series. In reality, the first step is to realize you, as a coach, have been impacted. Whether you’re the head coach without a job or the offensive graduate assistant sitting in the War Room whose head coach was just let go, your life has been affected in … Read More

  • Era of the dumb jock is slowly ending in college football

    November 29th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Features

    Editor’s Note: This post was written by Bill Plaschke, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times. The original post can be found here

    There is one word you’ve been hearing a lot lately to describe the best college football teams in the country. It is a strange word for a sport of violence. It is an odd way to describe our modern gladiators.

    That word is “smart.”

    After Notre Dame’s victory over USC last weekend, Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin said, “That’s a really smart team over there.

    Before Stanford’s win over UCLA, Bruins Coach Jim Mora said, ”They’ve got some smart kids, and they can handle a lot.”

    Smart will be leading the Fighting Irish into the national … Read More

  • USC’s Mark Jackson on motivating your team

    November 28th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Video

    At one of our recent Nike WinForever workshops, Mark Jackson, Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Southern California, spoke on numerous subjects in leading a team.

    In this clip, he dove into the subject of motivating your team. First and foremost, he asks the coaches in attendance:  “What’s the purpose of the motivation. Do you know that?”

    He urges how important it is for the ‘leader’ to know the exact purpose of the motivation—which would yield the greatest return. “In our minds, it’s to be part of something greater than ourselves,” Jackson exclaims. “That’s the message we’re sending—it may be different for your team.”

    After finding out what your purpose of motivation is, as a leader, Jackson offers … Read More

  • How being fired can be a good thing

    November 26th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Features

    It’s that time of year again—and I’m not talking about the holiday season.

    Once the college football season begins to wind down, we see coaching changes every year. And we’ve already seen some significant moves in November. On Sunday, we saw five—yes, five—BCS coaches relieved of their duties, including Auburn’s Gene Chizik who won a national championship just two years ago. North Carolina State’s Tom O’Brien, Colorado’s Jon Embree, Boston College’s Frank Spaziani and Purdue’s Danny Hope are among many more that will have a new gig come next season.

    In addition to yesterday’s firings, strong programs like Arkansas, California and Tennessee are now looking for new coaches after cutting ties with their coach.

    “Coaching is a cut-throat and competitive … Read More

  • Seahawks’ Coach Chris Carlisle on WinForever

    November 12th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Features

    Chris Carlisle, head strength and conditioning coach for the Seattle Seahawks, has an inspiring story to teach to the WinForever devoted.

    Carlisle was born with a malfunction in both of his feet. In fact, his doctor told his mother that he would never be able to run like the rest of the kids. However, he made his way through collegiate schooling with scholarships in football, basketball and baseball.

    On a similar note, Carlisle had his two front teeth knocked out at a young age. Because of this, he developed a lisp and stutter—and was forced to enroll in speech classes. The teacher said he’d never be a public speaker. Today, he speaks to thousands of people each year.

    “I never Read More

  • Trent Dilfer visits James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’

    November 8th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Video

    This was originally posted on ESPN.com in their ‘Playbook’ section. Trent Dilfer is a WinForever coach and ESPN football analyst, who we profiled as an ultimate competitor in August. Here is a behind-the-scenes look with him on the set of the new James bond movie, “Skyfall.”

    As the latest James Bond adventure, “Skyfall,” is set to debut this weekend, you might have noticed some familiar ESPN personalities shedding some light on all things 007.

    Football analysts Desmond Howard and Trent Dilfer are featured as part of an ESPN multimedia campaign, including part of a two-page spread in the latest ESPN The Magazine.

    Earlier this year, they spent three days at Pinewood Studios in London. They drove the iconic Aston Martin … Read More

  • X’s and O’s: Yogi breaks down the mental aspect of Oregon’s fast tempo

    October 30th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Football

    Editor’s Note: Yogi Roth is a current analyst with the Pac-12 Networks, and provides commentary to the website in between games, as well. This was originally found in his Tuesday Tape Room segment. 

    This is the week that Pac-12 fans have circled all spring and summer.

    This is the week that Chip Kelly and Lane Kiffin have tried to avoid talking about all season.

    This is the week that matches up old school pro-style football against the new age up-tempo spread scheme.

    Yes, it’s Oregon at USC. Finally.

    As coaches go into the tape room in Eugene and Los Angeles this week, they will be seeking ways to stop one another. It’s safe to say that won’t be easy for … Read More

  • X’s and O’s: Yogi breaks down Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly

    September 25th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Coach

    Editor’s Note: Yogi Roth is a current analyst with the Pac-12 network, and provides commentary to the website in between games, as well. This was originally found in his Tuesday Tape Room segment. 

    Coaches look for ‘teachable moments’ as they break down game film. It could be a backside wide receiver who races across the field to make a key block, or an offensive lineman who hustles to recover a fumble. Or when a special teams player does not block behind the ball on a big return. These moments are usually not seen by the naked eye, but they go a long way when developing a culture within a program.

    This week Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has a … Read More

  • USC’s Matt Barkley: Lifelong competitor

    August 30th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Features

    Matt Barkley, USC’s star quarterback and Heisman front-runner, is a total competitor. That’s not news. He was a four-year starter in high school. And now a four-year starter in college. The kid has always impressed people at every level. We caught up with him this week as he prepares for Saturday’s season opener versus Hawaii. But we didn’t talk about what everybody else it talking about. We focused on what’s programmed inside the brain of the star quarterback.

    Barkley is a star on USC’s campus, but continues to offer himself constantly, as he spoke in Jeff Fellenzer’s Sports, Business and Media in Today’s Society class at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Wednesday night. Barkley was excited to … Read More

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