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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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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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Make Your Own Sammich

By Scott Olson / December 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Make Your Own Sammich

Throughout his career in consulting, education, and family life, Scott Olson has uncovered different techniques and strategies to help kids, students, and athletes take on and overcome their own challenges without simply being handed what they need to succeed (even if that means things might get a bit messy). I was in a very familiar…

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The Cowboys

By Scott Olson / December 17, 2018 / Comments Off on The Cowboys

John Wayne. Gordie Gillespie. As a college player, I was sometimes confused between the two. Both were larger than life in my world and were…., well, pretty old. Simply put, – Wayne was Wayne! Admired by most, especially in our house, and the subject of my first ever impression (which I still do, much to…

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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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