Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk By Mark Hull Have you ever received a gift in a really ugly package? I believe we as coaches just received one. Let me share with you what it is and how to open it. Through the various news networks, the internet and a multitude of social-media platforms, the public discourse of our…

A Life Well-Lived

A Life Well-Lived By Mark Hull It was a reminder of how fast time passes. I sat with my family at the funeral of a legendary coach and family friend. The most influential (and the most accomplished) coach in my life, Olympic medalist and Wrestling Hall of Fame member Russ Hellickson, got up to speak…

The Dark Side of Glory

The Dark Side of Glory By Mark Hull Every four years my sleep patterns get messed up for a fortnight as I allow the Summer Olympics to invade my everyday world. This past week I’ve relived the stories with friends who won medals and friends who were denied opportunity (1980 boycott). One story being written…

Frustrated Coaches

Frustrated Coaches By Mark Hull Not long ago, a top level women’s basketball coach left the coaching profession out of sheer frustration. On her way out she told us why: “Kids are not as coachable as they were years ago,” she told the Associated Press. “I see kids sometimes talking back to their coaches and…

Transactional vs. Transformational Coaching

Transactional vs. Transformational Coaching By Mark Hull The two most powerful words in the English language are, “Coach says.” This however comes with a warning: Great power requires great character for that to be a blessing and not a curse. Words under the control of a transformational coach will build. The careless words of a transactional…

Recovering Honor in Sport

Recovering Honor in Sport By Mark Hull Correlation is not causation. Still, there’s a correlation that’s got me thinking. It all started with an article on the National Public Radio website titled, “The Secret to Japan’s Little League Success – 10 Hour Practice.” Here are a few outtakes: “This is the Japanese way of doing…

Just Let Them Play!

Just Let Them Play! By Mark Hull The school day came to an end and Coach D caught a young man exiting the front door. “How are you doing in class? Will I see you at the meeting? Let me know if you need any help!” Knowing that I spend time with most of the coaches in…