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101 - It's Podcast Friday with Dr. John Thornton and the Texas A&M Coaching Academy!

Join us as we sail off on our next 100 podcasts, starting with a great chat with Dr. John Thornton, the Inaugural Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy.  Dr. Thornton is a long-time Aggie - Athlete, Coach, and Athletic Administrator - and is now running this new initiative started within the Huffines Institute.  We have a great conversation about why we need a Coaching Academy and the future plans for this academy.


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Kevin Hughes
Saturday, March 2, 2013 11:15 AM
Hey Doc Thornton,
Good luck in this new venture. I had the luxury of being coached at the HS level, and the Jr. College Level, and for more than 12 years of CYO Basketball, and then a whole bunch of Army teams. As a result, I know good coaching, bad coaching, and the difference between passionate part timers, and coaches who have to win. (and both can be passionate, one just has to win to stay employed!)
I coached several Women and Men's Church League teams, An Army X-Country team, and several boys and girls teams; and man, age group coaching is a huge area for development. When I coached my first Teen Age Church BBall team, I kicked a kid off the team at first practice. It made us a better team, but I wonder if I had had the skills you are talking about teaching- if I could't have handled that better. Kept a star player, and understood teenage angst better. By the way, after that incident, I never cut a kid again. I just made it tough enough, that they would cut themselves. Everyone who stuck around, got to play. It is a game, and I wanted them to learn and have fun. Oh yeah, there is a need for what you are starting up- especially for us part timers, and weekend coaches! Good Luck!! Kevin

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