Tony Dungy, Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach & NYT Best Selling Author

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Tony Dungy: Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach and New York Times Best Selling Author. In this episode, Coach Dungy discusses how he arrived at the story for his new book The SOUL of a Team and how he used his past experiences to shape the book. He also discussed the importance of leadership and teamwork on teams, his coaching style, how he was faced with a decision of either changing his approach or sticking to what he believes, why he believes he didn’t get head coaching opportunities early in his career as well as what he feels are the best way to connect with a team and bring the players along. He also shares experiences throughout his career starting with what make the Steeler teams so special, the process of taking over the Buccaneers to rebuild the organization and then being fired as well as his approach with the Indianapolis Colts as he led them to a Super Bowl Championship. All that and more on Episode 133 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

Tony Dungy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include Quiet Strength, Uncommon, The Mentor Leader, and Uncommon Marriage. He led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American head coach. Dungy established another NFL first by becoming the first head coach to lead his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years. Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. He has also held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming a coach, he played three seasons in the NFL. Dungy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including All Pro Dad, Abe Brown Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Clubs. He has also worked with Basket of Hope, Impact for Living, the Black Coaches Association National Convention, Indiana Black Expo, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the American Diabetes Association. He retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as a studio analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of ten children.


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Donnie Jones, Stetson Hatters Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the NEW Head Coach of the Stetson Hatters Donnie Jones. In this episode, Coach Jones takes you through his first 24 hours on the Stetson campus, why he chose to take the job at Stetson, the style of play he plans to implement as well as the process of taking over a program. 

Donnie Jones is one of the games sharpest coaches with an outlook that is heavily influenced by his experiences as a head coach, assistant coach, executive coach in the corporate world as well as his time in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers. In this podcast Donnie will share some of his knowledge with you including ten things he believes you must do in order to be successful as a leader or coach as well as what he has found the DNA makeup of players on championship teams are.

Coach Jones has formulated these ideas based on his very successful career as both a head and assistant coach highlighted by winning back-to-back national championships with the Florida Gators in 2006 & 2007. Coach Jones will discuss some of the things that made his years at Florida such a success including working with Billy Donovan and star coaches Larry Shyatt and Anthony Grant.

All that and more on Episode 132 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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