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How to be humble at work as a big time DI coach | Kerry Shaw [INT]

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“I think insecure coaches tend to pound their chest and be more matter of fact that this is the right way to do it.”

Today’s guest is not only a coach, but he has also played fastpitch himself at the highest levels. After a successful career in the minor leagues, he discovered fastpitch and went onto competing in World Championships, taking home medals in the Pan-America Games and receiving All-American & All-World honors.

His coaching career spans over 25 years with experiences and success from High School to DI. He’s taken teams to state championships, recruited and developed players who made All-Conference teams, and was most recently recruited by one of the top coaches and programs in the country. Though he’ll never say any of that out loud himself, because he really is that humble.

We can’t wait for you to learn from Texas Longhorns assistant coach, Kerry Shaw!


Today we discuss…

His and the team’s goals for the season

  • Getting to the World Series & becoming Big 12 Champs
  • Improve their offensive numbers
  • Trusting the process along the way in order to get the results

Getting the team past potential obstacles

  • Not taking any opponents lightly
  • Becoming more disciplined and in command of the at-bat

Using humility, not ego, to be a better coach

  • Continuing to grow with an open mind and humility
  • Helping your players learn from your example
  • Communicating so you know how to make each individual player better

Building trust with players

  • Communicate often and build a relationship
  • Show them how much you care
  • Show an interest in them as a whole person

Personal challenge | Empathize with your players

Even if you’ve never played softball yourself, you’ve been in these girls’ shoes before. You’ve struggled trying to learn something new. You’ve gotten frustrated when things weren’t going your way. You’ve felt like quitting because you can’t see a way to make things better. Whether it was in another sport, at your job, or in a relationship- we’ve all been there.

Our challenge to you this week is to find a moment when a player needs some support and find a way to empathize with her. Don’t jump into assuming that you know exactly what she’s feeling though. Ask first, ask her again to get a little deeper, and THEN share with her how you’ve gotten through something similar before and know she can get through it too.

We want to hear how you tackled this challenge and how your players responded! Give us a shout out on social media, shoot us a private message, or for our members, share it in the Dream Team Clubhouse!

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode!

Mel & Alicia


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