• 7 Characteristics of the Relationship-Driven Coach

    May 15th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Business

    Here is a fantastic article via Rod Olson at Stack.com. The following is borrowed from that piece:

    Pete Carroll, head coach of the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks, is a prime example of a coach who isn’t afraid to build personal relationships with his players, and not just on a surface level. Carroll is truly committed to making his players feel cared about and loved.

    These qualities are important for developing professional athletes and student-athletes at all levels.

    1. They See Themselves as Mentors, Not Just Coaches

    They not only coach the technical and tactical aspects of the game, they also focus on developing the whole person. Mentors seek to have lifelong relationships. They are relational and they hold their … Read More

  • Carroll Succeeding by Staying Young to Relate to Players

    April 7th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Features

    “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind.”

    A recent post from Bleacher Report shows the importance of Coach Pete Carroll and how he relates to players. Nevermind his age (the second oldest head coach in the NFL), “Carroll’s youthful approach to coaching has buoyed him at a stage in life when many of his contemporaries are too tired just to tread water.”

    How does he do it?

    “I always think something good is about to happen,” Carroll said. “It’s a general way of looking at the world. I’ve never looked at games and challenges like it’s going to go bad, it’s not going to work out. I don’t see it that way. I think … Read More

  • Pete Carroll’s Master Plan

    March 26th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    Sports Illustrated’s MMQB (by Robert Klemko) published a piece on what exactly Coach Pete Carroll’s plan is for the upcoming season and beyond, fresh off wining the first-ever Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks.

    The point of the article asks if Carroll’s message changes for a guy who lives by the motto, Win Forever?  

    The answer, following the advice of the late great John Wooden, is no. “You either have your philosophy or you don’t,” Carroll told Robert Klemko. “You stay with what you believe in, you bring it to light as creative as you can. The philosophy never changes—sometimes the look of it changes, because the players change. The players will become more in tune to what’s expected of … Read More

  • Carroll preaches WinForever philosophy at USC

    February 27th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    Fresh off spending time in Indianopolis for the NFL Combine, Pete Carroll stopped by USC to discuss the Win Forever philosophy to all sold-out Bovard Auditorium of over 1,000 students.

    Oh–and, of course, Will Ferrell made a special guest appearance.… Read More

  • Dr. Michael Gervais with Wisdom 2.0

    February 21st, 2014 | BY: | IN: Features

    We ran across this interesting article via Wisdom 2.0, where Dr. Michael Gervais presented at the Wisdom 2.0 conference. Below are some unique quotes from Dr. Gervais that explain how he prepares his athletes to succeed in all areas.

    “You need a culture of people being able to be mindful and explore.”

    “We start with ‘What is possible?’” He emphasized this question is difficult for many athletes, since they don’t want to under-reach or overreach. “We have that conversation, then we try to calibrate on, ‘Great, so that’s what’s possible. From there, what are the strategies we can create — physical, mental, nutritional — for you to achieve that?’”

    “We don’t talk about winning, or being in the zone: Read More

  • The importance of having a philosophy and sticking to it

    February 7th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    Below are a couple articles that validate the importance of having a philosophy and sticking to it.

    In this NBCSports.com article, Troy Aikman said he was impressed with that the Seahawks developed a plan and stuck to it–the reason they are now Super Bowl champions.

    “I think with winning organizations there are processes that are in place and there is a way to do things, a philosophy, a belief that you have and everything is built around that,” Aikman said.

    On the other hand, Aikman said, his former team, the Dallas Cowboys, lack that uniform belief. “The Cowboys tend to change their beliefs each year on what it is they need or what they’re about. I find that to … Read More

  • Seahawks celebrate Super Bowl championship

    February 6th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Football

    Just a few days after winning the first Super Bowl in Seattle’s franchise history, the Seahawks celebrated with more than 700,000 people in the streets of downtown Seattle.

    They were also featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated–again.

    You can see video and an entire photo gallery of the Seahawks parade and celebration at CenturyLink from Seahawks.com, by clicking here.

    “It was just an amazing day,” Carroll said. He was very impressed with the consistency of the fans throughout the entire day. “I can’t imagine a better day than that,” Carroll concluded.

    “That’s kind of how our love for them is, it gets deeper and deeper and more and more,” Richard Sherman exclaimed. “We love the 12th Man. Best … Read More

  • What They’re Saying…

    February 6th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    If you haven’t heard, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks won their first ever Super Bowl this past Sunday. It was the culmination of years of putting together a roster that believed in the WinForever philosophy.

    Below are a few great articles that focus on the WinForever philosophy as a key to Coach Carroll’s success:

    Pete Carroll, Seahawks win with style all their own – USA Today

    “He just tells you every week is a championship opportunity, every week is a championship game,” Richard Sherman said of Coach Carroll. ”So when you make it to a championship game, the moment isn’t any different. He doesn’t give a ‘rah-rah’ speech for a Super Bowl. He doesn’t give a ‘rah-rah’ speech for … Read More

  • Given a choice, players pick Carroll

    January 28th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    ESPN.com recently conducted a survey of 320 players that revealed Coach Carroll is “far and away the most appealing coach to play for these days,” Jeffri Chadiha writes. Carroll received 72 votes, or 23 percent of the final tally.

    Chadiha writes that solely winning championships doesn’t qualify a coach as a ‘popular’ one. Five of the most-favorite head coaches have yet to hoist the Lombardi trophy. Instead, “many players want to enjoy the journey as much as the final destination,” Chadiha writes. ”This is where Carroll’s true genius resides.”

    Below are some more excerpts from Chadiha’s piece:

    “One visit to the Seahawks’ offseason practices should tell an outsider that much. Carroll will blast music from players’ iPods during full-team Read More

  • Pete Carroll’s way does work

    January 25th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone published a piece on Saturday praising the coaching style of Coach Pete Carroll.

    Stone points out the impact of the copycat league that is the NFL. “In that light, I can see a new trend a brewin’, right in our own backyard,” Stone writes. “Call it Pete positivity, or perhaps Carroll charisma.”

    Going through the coaching ranks in Carroll’s younger years, his positivity was seen as crazy, and was even yelled at by other assistants on staff. That has since changed as he’s had his opportunities to be head coach. Carroll stuck with this philosophy and perfected it through his various college and NFL stops, as Stone says. “It didn’t exactly revolutionize the NFL … Read More

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