Category Archives: Talent Development

Models of Player Development (Soccer)

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The Freddy Adu Problem – Can We Generalize Talent ID and Development?

Professional sports depend upon two related, but distinct processes: talent identification and talent development. When we talk about one’s potential, we are identifying talent, or the potential talent. However, these athletes do not always meet expectations. This can be attributed … Continue reading

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Real coaching, mentorship, and player development

The September 2013 Men’s Health featured an article titled “Tom Brady: The Mind Behind the Arm” by Oliver Broudy. It mentions a young Brady seeking out University of Michigan assistant athletic director Greg Harden. Harden recounts a story about Desmond … Continue reading

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John McEnroe wants better athletes in U.S. tennis competitive stream

While watching the last American standing (Bobby Reynolds) at Wimbledon fall to Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe said that tennis in the U.S. needs to be sexier, but also that they need to get the best athletes playing tennis. For the … Continue reading

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College basketball sucks

The sentiment amongst the media, fans, and even coaches during this men’s college basketball season has been that the level of play has been sub-standard. In Thursday’s USA Today, Steve Kerr said, “The quality of play is down” in an … Continue reading

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Who’s in charge of a player’s development?

After I wrote about the growing disparity in girls basketball, I and a couple others engaged in an email discussion about my article and another similar article. One high school coach suggested that the disappearing club programs was not a … Continue reading

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Problem solving, perceptual skills, and peripheral vision

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Long-term athlete development, recruiting to junior colleges, and the development of tall players

I have spent this week watching the girls’ basketball state play-offs with an eye on evaluating players for the junior college where I work as a strength coach in the event that the basketball coaches ask for a second opinion. … Continue reading

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What is a player’s coach?

In the media, on fan message forums and twitter, and in conversations in gyms across the country, many feel that this generation of players need a more player-friendly coach. This term is thrown out frequently, but rarely defined. What is … Continue reading

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Disasters, bounce back, and adaptability on the basketball court

The January 2013 Wired has an interview about Hurricane Sandy¬†with Andrew Zolli, author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. While I in no way want to equate anything that occurs in a basketball game to the devastation of Sandy, Zolli’s … Continue reading

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