• 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 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

  • Pete Carroll’s secrets to success: from locker room to classroom

    February 19th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Business

    Chris Erskine of the Los Angeles Times published a piece Wednesday evening that dove into Coach Pete Carroll’s secrets to success. And secrets that help not only on the football field, but also in the classroom–and even boardroom.

    Erskine sat in on a class last week led by Jaime Davern and Dr. Michael Gervais to USC Marshall MBA students.

    Some of the key points we took away from the article include:

    “Instead of fear, he bases performance on building confidence. To do that, he advocates identifying who you are as an individual, then maximizing your unique skill set. He espouses thoughtfulness with energy — in equal parts, one bolstering the other.”

    This is not new to the loyal WinForever follower. … Read More

  • Jake Olson defying odds as OLU’s blind long snapper

    October 1st, 2013 | BY: | IN: Features

    We have stumbled across a Fox Sports West article with an interesting subject. Does the name sound familiar?

    Yes, this is the Jake Olson from the days when Coach Carroll was at USC. To rehash his story, “a rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma, took the vision from Olson’s left eye when he was eight months old. Olson spent his entire youth fighting cancer, but nine times it returned,” Fox Sports West writes. Coach Carroll and his Trojans became involved when Olson was 12, when he needed surgery to remove the vision of his other eye–ultimately causing him to be completely blind.

    “On the eve of the surgery that would take away his vision for good, he chose to … Read More

  • We Compete Against Ourselves

    September 19th, 2013 | BY: | IN: Coach
    Seattle Seahawks All-Pro defensive back Richard Sherman jumped on Peter King’s new MMQB to write about football ‘hangovers,’ coming after a what people would call a ‘big’ win over defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, while preparing for a heavy underdog like the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    So, how do you avoid a letdown after a huge win? By holding yourself to the same standard of preparation and commitment, no matter who lines up across from you.

    From Sherman: “When you play at a high level, a game has nothing to do with the opponent; it has everything to do with us. That’s what makes us different, and that’s what makes playing in the NFL special.

    “That’s the way we look … Read More

  • Effortless Excellence

    January 28th, 2013 | BY: | IN: Features

    Editor’s Note: We are excited to have Art Turock share his thoughts with WinForever. Turock is an elite performance provocateur who helps leaders in business and sports to develop a team of A-players, ignite their hidden leadership capacity, and competitor-proof their business. 

    What if a coach could earn the authority to lead from his coaching staff and players with hardly any effort?  What if a coach’s authority comes from a mindfully-designed talent development process which leaves players feeling supremely confident on game day and equipped to express their full athletic potential over their careers?

    Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll refers to a quote by Aristotle quite often: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, … Read More

  • Timeless wisdom from John Wooden

    January 25th, 2013 | BY: | IN: Features

    One of Pete Carroll’s greatest mentors of leadership is John Wooden, with whom he learned a lot from in the summer of 2000—the year between head coaching jobs. In this video above–a TED Conference in February 2000 in Monterey, California—Wooden explained how he coined his definition of success, among other things.

    In the 1930s, Wooden noticed students in school were only deemed ‘successful,’ if they received A’s or B’s, while students who received C’s were deemed less than satisfactory. Wooden realized that’s a poor way to judge success. Instead, he thought, a better measure would be to determine if they tried their best. “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did Read More

  • Ambassador Nicole Davis is on a journey of a lifetime

    January 23rd, 2013 | BY: | IN: Ambassadors

    As part of our new WinForever Ambassador Program, we are highlighting individuals who are competing every day. Nicole DavisTwo-time Olympic Games Silver Medalist for USA Volleyball, is now playing professionally in Germany. She sent over an update on her success and how she is a growing–both as a person and a competitor–overseas.

    Germany is not necessarily known for its volleyball.  Normally, when we hear the term “Bundesliga”, as Americans, we think of the professional soccer or basketball leagues in Germany.  Although, their National Team did not qualify for the Olympics, Germany is ranked 10th in the world, and certainly has had a lot of success in the last six years as the sport continues to grow … Read More

  • The Best of 2012

    January 17th, 2013 | BY: | IN: Features

    This is fairly late, but we decided to compile the most-viewed articles of 2012. These are all timeless pieces–including one joke video–that can offer up inspiration for any one at any time.

    While our 2012 proved to be extremely successful, we’re excited to compete and make an even bigger splash in 2013.

    1.) Carroll’s latest prank: Coach and T.O. punk his new teammates

    Like they do for every new guy, the Seahawks thought they were pranking new teammate Terrell Owens during his first team meeting on Aug. 8. Instead, Coach Pete Carroll and T.O. flipped the script and punk’d the players and coaches in memorable fashion:


    2.) Louis Zamperini on Jay Leno

    Zamperini, the subject of Unbroken, has arguably … Read More

  • How to connect and pull a team together

    January 9th, 2013 | BY: | IN: Video

    USC’s Mark Jackson spoke at a recent Nike WinForever Workshop, where he spoke about a very unique subject–pulling a team together. 

    The best tribes in history, Jackson said, became that through eating together, hunting together, and storytelling. While we understand many programs don’t have the resoucrces to do large retreat-type functions, there are many alternative options. ”Storytelling may be the most important components of tribes,” Jackson proclaimed.

    Coach Carroll dedicates five minutes of every team meeting to something fun in order to connect his team. He does this by allowing a player sing a song, say a joke or anything that could ultimately connect the team.

    On Wilson’s (Creative) Wednesday (more on that later) we urge you to get creative … Read More

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