Category: Podcast

Ben McCollum, Northwest Missouri State Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Ben McCollum, Head Coach of the Division II National Champion Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. The 38 year old coach is a 2-Time National Champion, 2-Time Division II Coach of the Year and 7-Time MIAA Conference Champion who has compiled a career record of 241-75.

In this episode, Coach McCollum discusses how he developed his style of play on the job as he developed through his first few seasons as a head coach, his philosophy of creating opportunities for his players by putting them in their natural positions, his teaching style through playing 5-on-5 while making sure his players are focused on the process. He also discusses why he is an ENERGY GUY who discovered the hard way early in his career that his players fed off his demeanor and responded well to positive coaching. All that and more on Episode 152 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Pat Williams, Character Carved in Stone

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the 51 year NBA veteran executive Pat Williams. In this episode, Pat takes you inside his new book “Character Carved in Stone: The 12 Core Values of West Point that Build Leaders and Produce Success”.

Overlooking the Hudson River on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point are 12 granite benches, each inscribed with a word representing a key leadership virtue: compassion, courage, dedication, determination, dignity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility, service, and trust. These benches remind cadets of the qualities that lead to victory and success, not just on the battlefield, but in all of life.

With his signature enthusiasm and insight, Pat Williams shares the incredible stories of West Point graduates who exemplified these traits, from the Civil War to the War on Terror. He shows readers of all backgrounds how to develop these 12 essential virtues in their lives, whether they are in the corporate world, the academic world, the military, the church, or in some other sphere.

“I love the fact that Pat Williams has taken the twelve core virtues of West Point and created this new and exciting book. I was taught those virtues and have used them in everything that I have done since my graduation.”

– Mike Krzyzewski, head men’s basketball coach, Duke University

All that and more on Episode 151 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Matthew Driscoll, Univ. of North Florida Ospreys Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by Matthew Driscoll, Head Coach of the Univ. of North Florida Ospreys. In this episode, Coach Driscoll discusses a variety of topics including his journey to becoming a head coach and the challenges & responsibilities that come with that, what he now looks for while hiring coaches for his staff, what he believes are the keys to being a GREAT assistant coach, importance of being willing to learn, adapt and change as a coach, how to establish your daily habits through practice, how he developed his style of play and how building relationships helped propel his career. All that and more on Episode 150 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Dave Smart, 13-Time U Sport National Champion from Carleton Univ.

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by Dave Smart, 13-Time National Champion Head Coach in Canadian U Sports and former Assistant Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Team. In this episode, Coach Smart shares what he has found to be the most important aspects of coaching as he has compiled a career record of 591 wins and only 48 losses. He and Coach Brendan Suhr also cover the rise of basketball in Canada and how they are setup to thrive moving forward, the importance of forming a team with players who are the right fits instead the most talented guys, his style of play and his philosophy on the correlation between offense, defense & rebounding. All that and more on Episode 149 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Jon Gordon & Damon West, Authors of “The Coffee Bean”

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Authors of The Coffee Bean: Jon Gordon and Damon West. In this episode, the two authors give you an inside look at what led them to write this inspiring book together including Damon’s unbelievable story of how he turned his mess into his message – His path into a life sentence in prison that led him to hear the unique story of the coffee bean that he uses to impact the lives of so many today. In this podcast Jon & Damon also share the 5 rules of being a coffee bean that we can apply to the coaching profession as well as our everyday lives. All that and more on Episode 148 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

From bestselling author Jon Gordon and rising star Damon West comes The Coffee Bean: an illustrated fable that teaches readers how to transform their environment, overcome challenges, and create positive change.

Life is often difficult. It can be harsh, stressful, and feel like a pot of boiling hot water. The environments we find ourselves in can change, weaken, or harden us, and test who we truly are. We can be like the carrot that weakens in the pot or like the egg that hardens. Or, we can be like the coffee bean and discover the power inside us to transform our environment.

The Coffee Bean is an inspiring tale that follows Abe, a young man filled with stress and fear as he faces challenges and pressure at school and home. One day after class, his teacher shares with him the life-changing lesson of the coffee bean, and this powerful message changes the way he thinks, acts, and sees the world. Abe discovers that instead of letting his environment change him for the worse, he can transform any environment he is in for the better. Equipped with this transformational truth, Abe embarks on an inspirational journey to live his life like the coffee bean. Wherever his life takes him, from school, to the military, to the business world, Abe demonstrates how this simple lesson can unleash the unstoppable power within you. 

A delightful, quick read, The Coffee Bean is purposely written and designed for readers of all ages so that everyone can benefit from this transformational lesson. This is a book and message that, when read and shared, has the power to change your life and the world around you. You just have to decide: are you a carrot, egg, or coffee bean? 

The Coffee Bean is available for purchase at CoffeeBeanBook.com or wherever books are sold.

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