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TEACHING IN CRISIS? (My Take/Suggestions)

By Scott Olson / February 5, 2020 / Comments Off on TEACHING IN CRISIS? (My Take/Suggestions)

This year we are again hearing more about a shortage of teachers across the nation (and Australia, if you can believe it). A recent Gallup poll in the US shows that almost 50% of teachers are currently looking for a new job or a change. Add to that list athletic officials (referees), coaches, and many…

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The Lesson

By Scott Olson / June 5, 2019 / Comments Off on The Lesson

“The Lesson”   “Your guys didn’t look ready to play”. This comment came many years ago from the successful veteran coach, Steve Sandholm, after his state-ranked Knoxville Blue Bullet basketball team had just got done drubbing my Orion squad by 17 points. It wasn’t even that close. I didn’t take this comment as a dig…

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An outstretched hand holding a key with the Mercedes-Benz logo on it with an out of focus car in the background.

Here Are the Keys

By Scott Olson / January 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Here Are the Keys

There has been much discussion on the role of the coach these days. What style, old school or new? Disciplinarian or a player’s coach? By the “gut” or by the numbers? A recent Alan Stein Jr. post (he is an ​excellent​ follow) that I had read focused in on the time when Golden State Warriors…

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A young boy kneeling on a baseball plate on a baseball field wearing a baseball jersey with the number four on it holding a blue helmet listening to his adult male coach in grey shorts, a blue polo shirt, and a blue ball cap showing the boy how to bat with correct form.

Coaching Advice: The Best I Have Ever Found

By Scott Olson / November 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Coaching Advice: The Best I Have Ever Found

I learned this from a John Wayne character and a great coach, Gordie Gillespie. They both gave people a chance to prove that they could do it.When I began my coaching career, I sought out advice from many veteran coaches as to the secret of becoming successful. I sat at the feet of many, feeling…

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