Tips for Coaching Intentionally

Interview with James Leath


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Most coaches pour their hearts and countless hours into developing their athletes. But the real magic happens with intentional coaching.
Today’s guest is the founder of Unleash the Athlete and former Head of Leadership Development for IMG Academy. He has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and is currently a mental performance coach for the Chicago Bulls.
With a bachelors in communication, a masters in Performance Psychology, and almost 20 years of coaching experience, he teaches leadership, character, and resilience to athletes around the country and abroad through keynotes, workshops, and online courses that help coaches and parents have a more positive sport experience.
Please welcome Speaker, Educator and Mental Performance Coach for the Chicago Bulls, James Leath!

 Today we discuss intentional coaching

  • Evolving from the way we were coached
  • Building culture intentionally
  • Reflecting on how it feels to be coached by you
  • Not making assumptions
  • How to build intentional focus into your practice plan

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Intentional coaching is our thing!

I swear I didn’t give James any hints, but he led perfectly into what’s coming next for the podcast! In the coming weeks, we’re going to run a series that will help you coach more intentionally!

Leading up to the launch of the Softball Mental Training Membership, we’ll be sharing everything we’ve learned about coaching the mental game in the most effective, efficient way! 

If you’re on the waitlist for the membership, not only will you receive special, actionable bonuses pertaining to that week’s episode, but you’ll also get first dibs on launch-only bonuses and a 2-week free trial! 

To learn more about the membership and join our waitlist, head to

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See you next time!

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