Bigger Than Sports

This week’s links are focused on coaching, but also provide perspective bigger than sports.

I just returned from the United Soccer Coaches convention in Baltimore. I enjoyed the week and all it encompasses–NWSL draft, Positive Coaching panels, the women’s breakfast, all the wonderful presenters and field sessions, great meetings with potential collaborators– but primarily due to the conversations and friendships grown over the years that are bigger than sports.

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Former USWNT coach Jill Ellis is free of pressure, and free to be herself (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“I absolutely cocoon myself in terms of that,” she said. “You just know, so you don’t have to feel it or think about it. … If you think about it and dwell on it, you’re not able to do the job at hand.”

Instruction trumps intuition: Klopp’s attacking machine is far more advanced than Mourinho’s (The Athletic)

‘We Got It Back’: Howard University’s 1974 Season Of Revenge And Justice (NPR)

An incredibly compelling story.

Ed Orgeron explains the decisions LSU players made that helped propel them to the National Title (

Lower testosterone, long journeys or overheated dressing rooms? Why is it harder to win away from home? (The Athletic)

Does this acceptance also feed into managers? Certainly, it is the case that many managers and players adapt their approach to home games to adapt to the wants and whims of supporters, particularly with the expectation of playing at a higher tempo at home, even if it is not necessarily best suited to a group of players

It might be time to subscribe to The Athletic….

Quick Twitter Break…

Speaking of home advantage, here’s a great coach addressing her team. Great coaches are always framing ideas….


‘Chain of Command’: Inside How McCarthy Built His Cowboys Coaching Staff (SI)

Who is Katie Sowers? Get to know the 49ers coach creating a path for women in the NFL (

Although Sowers, Locus and Javadifar are the ones who held their current positions this past season, the coaching internship opportunities for women have expanded throughout the league. Six other teams — Falcons, Jets, Steelers, Ravens, Panthers and Redskins — have hired women to their staff.

We all tend to focus on the individual’s story because they are compelling, but structural changes and programming are essential for sustained progress.

MLB team hires first female full-time coach in league history (The Washington Post)

ESPN honors Pat Summitt during #WeBackPat Week (ESPN)


The Importance of Photographing Women in Sports (Wired)

Former U.S. soccer player Stephanie McCaffrey now at Wharton, aims to buy a women’s team (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

“I came here so I can go into private equity and buy a women’s soccer team of my own,” McCaffrey said, as the crowd bustled around her in the cafe. “There’s no true equality” between men and women “without financial equality. So I’m pretty shameless and unabashed about the fact that I want to go make as much money as I possibly can.”

Warrior Women of Football: How to watch & full details of documentary (

2020 NWSL College Draft: Sophia Smith Goes #1, Mallory Pugh Traded to Sky Blue (WSE)

How a trailblazing female general manager transformed the worst franchise in the NWSL (Power Plays)

Women’s FA Cup and SheBelieves action to be broadcast on BBC (FA)

Bigger than Sports

The Myth of Self-Reliance (Paris Review) I’m a big fan of Emerson and so found this essay an interesting attempt to “wrestle with his blindspots.”

There was an entire infrastructure around my experience of freedom, and I’d been so busy chasing it that I hadn’t seen it.

The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’ (The Atlantic)

What High-Performance Workplaces Do Differently (Gallup)

Youth Teaching Tech To Seniors Fosters Generational Connections (NPR)

“Ass-Backwards” and (So Far) Witness-Free, Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial Begins (New Yorker)

Book Recommendation

Excellent coaching biography, filled with insights


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