Unveil the hidden tactics of the greatest sports teams and propel your program to victory this year. Explore the secrets of success in this must-read blog!

7 secrets of the greatest sports teams to help your program stack more wins this year

Happy New Year Coach! 

I can tell you in one simple answer why my year was great in some areas or why my year sucked in other areas.  


The simple answer:  Where was I living with real intention?  


Was I willing to do the work to get better in that area?  

Was I willing to do the work to get better in my health?  

Was I willing to do the work to get better in my relationships?  

Was I willing to do the work to get better in my Busy Coach or Dan Tudor business?  


In every situation that sucked this year, I can tell you, I wasn’t being as intentional as I could.  


I was bemoaning, whining, and crying about doing the work that it took to grow.  


I wasn’t intentional.  So my results sucked.   


Does this resonate with you right now?  


At some point, if you really want to make a great difference in your life, coaching, or recruiting, we need to get more intentional.  


Today, as we wrap up 2023, I’m sharing 7 lessons from some of the most successful sports teams of all time…that can help explain the root cause of your 2023 results. 


You can use each of these as an analytical tool to evaluate this last year, as well as where you’re going this next year to help your program stack more wins in 2024. (This article is much longer than usual, sorry about that) 


#1 – Talent Development 

One of the greatest football coaches ever is Alabama’s Nick Saban… 


Why – because he’s also the best recruiter and developer of talent. 


As you already know, this is one of the most aspects of building a successful program… 


Recruiting talented student athletes for sure.  


I would also add recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training the staff. 


I’d say doing this work with your staff is one of the hardest and most annoying… 


Who wants to interview people, then take time out from your already packed schedule and onboard them properly into your mission and culture, and then train them to do something that you can probably do better than them (at least for the first few months)? 


The answer is … WINNERS, that’s who. 


It’s not optional if you want to build a successful program. 


But most head coaches choose to struggle because they “don’t have time to properly train the staff.” 


Or because they say those 5 deadly words, “I Will Do It Myself.” 


But you must banish the IWDIM disease from your mind. 


If you don’t, your program’s success will stagnate, and… 


You’ll get frustrated. 


And your staff members will get frustrated. 


As you start to stall… your staff members will start wanting to transfer (i.e. to quit). 


So look at what Saban and his peers (like Jim Harbaugh) are doing nearly every day… 


They are out there working the phones and working just as hard at recruiting future team and staff talent as they are coaching the current talent. 


Time for reflection: coach, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself in terms of recruiting, training, and retaining great athletes and staff? 


#2 – Coaching & Accountability 

We’ve all had coaches, instructors, mentors, and teachers that “knew their stuff”, but that didn’t have that deep of an impact… 


The missing link that separates GREAT coaches – dynasty builders like the legendary John Wooden – from people that win once (through a combination of luck and talent) comes down to one world => Accountability. 


If you want to be a great performer, you must be accountable to someone you deeply do not want to disappoint! 


And if you want to be a great leader… 


You must inspire people on your team so that- 


– They look up to you 

– They never want to disappoint you 

– And they are willing to do whatever it takes to get a great job done 


If your team or staff isn’t doing its job… 


Then it’s on YOU… not on them… 


Time for reflection: coach, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself in terms of the athlete or staff accountability you have set up? 


#3 – Playbooks  

Playbooks are simply another way for saying “systems.” 


I think of John Woodend’s “Pyramid of Success” as a great example of his playbook for how he showed up to work, make decisions, and establish a standard of performance.  


When you have systems (playbooks), your program operations and recruiting generates consistent results. 


But average coaches don’t have a playbook… instead, they make stuff up on the go.   


The way they work is random. 


The quality of their work depends on their mood.  

Or the time of day. 

Or who is doing the work.   


That is a recipe for disaster if you ask me.  


Your program needs playbooks to: 


  • Generate solid recruiting leads 
  • Move recruits through the recruiting process through effective communication 
  • Deliver a “wow” campus visit 
  • Get commitments 
  • Keep their commitment until they are on campus 
  • Grow and develop your team & staff  
  • Establish standards of performance. 

If you don’t have playbooks (or systems), start building them now. 


And if you have them, build a playbook to make them better! 


Time for Reflection: Coach, on a scale of 1-10, how effective are your playbooks (systems)?  


#4 – Practice & Execution 

Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, was famous for his Power Sweep, a play his teams used over and over and over every game. 


Lombardi and his teams practiced the play thousands of times to perfection. The opposition knew it was coming … but were powerless to stop. 


“There can never be enough emphasis on repetition,” Lombardi said. “I want my players to be able to run this sweep in their sleep. If we call the sweep twenty times, I’ll expect it to work twenty times…not eighteen, not nineteen…” 


“It’s my number one play,” Lombardi said, “because it requires all eleven men to play as one to make it succeed, and that’s what ‘team’ means.” 


For you coach, I want you to apply the Lombardi example to your recruiting. 


What “play” drives your recruiting success? 


How much practice time does it get? 


For example, I believe your ability to ask great questions and are prepared to answer recruits questions through phone or zoom calls will determine your recruiting success.   


Do you and your staff practice recruiting calls every week together? 


Or, what focused steps are you blocking time for every single week to generate as many calls as possible so that you get as many “recruiting snaps” as possible to run your recruiting power sweep? 


Do you have systems in place to keep perfecting the skills that will help you thrive in 2024? 


 Time for Reflection: On a scale of 1-10, are you practicing to perfection enough? 


If not, change it! 


#5 – Habits and Routines 

Roger Federer burst onto the international tennis scene in the early 2000s and quickly established himself as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.  

What set Federer apart was not just his natural talent and athleticism but also his unwavering commitment to certain habits and routines. 

  • He spent hours perfecting his strokes, footwork, and strategy.  
  • He had a well-established routine to stay focused and composed during matches, which included controlled breathing and visualization exercises.  
  • He followed a healthy and balanced diet, to ensure he was fueling his body optimally for peak performance. 
  • He ensured he got adequate sleep and rest between tournaments to allow his body to recover fully. 
  • His story serves as an inspiring example of how discipline, consistency, and a focus on the right habits and routines can lead to sustained success in sports. 

Coach, how are your routines and habits? 

Your thoughts, goals, habits, and energy will shape what you do each day.  

These things will shape your relationships.  

These things will guide your path.  

These things will lead to discipline and fitness.  

These things will allow you to get work done.  

These things will keep you motivated and driven. 

If you want to go to another level, then you need a different level of mindset and habits, and focus on our productivity at the advanced levels.  

Time for Reflection: On a scale of 1-10, do you  have habits and routines that will set you up to win the day? 


#6 – The RTD Factor (Resilience, Toughness, and Discipline) 

“Are you going to let the obstacles in your life be stumbling blocks or steppingstones? Choose the positive. You are the master of your attitude.” – Bruce Lee 


One of my favorite books is Relentless by Tim Grover. 


In it he chronicles the resilience, toughness, and discipline that formed the championship mindset of his top clients, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade. 


What they did, how they prepared, and how they thought about performance and preparation – and dealing with setbacks – will get you so fired up that you’ll want to run through a wall in order to overcome all of your obstacles. 


They turned adversity into advantage and the bitter into better. You have the same choice. 


The coaching profession is not easy. 


Every single day comes with highs and lows. 


While one call is from a big recruit committing to your program… the next might contain the threat of a lawsuit from an angry parent. 


If you quit after one punch to the face then this ain’t the game for you! 


That’s coaching! 


And to get through those obstacles you need discipline. 


You need structure in your day, your morning, your preparation, your playbook building, your determination to practice when you’d rather be relaxing… 


Structure = Freedom 

Discipline = Victory 


Time for Reflection: On a scale of 1-10, how are you doing in this area?  


#7 – A strong community of mentors 

Success in coaching often relies on a combination of talent, hard work, the support of a strong community, and mentors. 

Pat Riley’s journey in the NBA coaching world is a testament to the importance of a strong support system and mentors. 

Riley was open to learn from mentors like Jerry West who were a little further down the path than he was and had unique perspectives of wisdom that inspired him to keep bringing his best. 


To aid in your coaching journey this year, do you need: 

A new network of successful coaches.  

A new network of coaches who want to strive together, build together, and learn together. 

A community that is focused on gaining more clarity, and challenging themselves. 

To belong to an aspirational group that wants to develop their performance edge. 


Self-reflection time: Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 for how supportive of a community are you apart of?    


So coach, I asked you to self-reflect after each section.  How did you do?  


Take 90 seconds right now to reply to this email and share what it is you are committed to in 2024. 

What are you committed to doing… 

Who are you committed to being… 

What are you committed to sharing with others… 

I want to hear from you so we can do it together


What I have learned in my 20+ years of studying the psychology of success, is that we influence ourselves the most through our commitments, not through our excitement + enthusiasm of the ideas we may have.


All we need is half a chance to make what we want a reality. 


When you get a moment, ask yourself and a few people what they are committed to doing in 2024. I guarantee you it will change the conversation, it’ll bring up a lot of excitement, and also get people to take action to achieve their goals! 

Let me know how it goes!  


To your success in 2024,  


Mandy Green 

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