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Winkler: Coaching a Season of Significance

Jan 24, 2017|

Greg Winkler, longtime boys and girls soccer coach at Fond du Lac High School and Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Famer joins Mike McGivern on the Varsity Blitz to talk about his new book, Coaching a Season of Significance.

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Our our coach this this week early up that's what coaches on my grade now general. Will do wat asking for staple drills so you know we don't we don't regret that it we steal everything. And down a bar with grudges or more he's short 1057 FM the fan. And came over sitting in my dead report. And you might wanna have a mom one day time because talk to a coach is a city can get a copy the book came in and get a chance to read part of it. And coaching a season of significance. Greg win callers knowledge soccer coach sun sport it is joining us right now Greg how are you today. Under under a now I really appreciate a few minutes your time. A first question why wasn't part of better goalkeeper I guess in nods his kid now not start with that he was a pretty good player for you was the off for your boys. L forum played for me I'm Bard had a really good. Seniors he would never goalkeeper. He he doesn't give himself enough credit for a hard work he put him but we had a good time. Yeah no doubt I think coach our sons and and in Mike is finding that out he. He's he's got a first grade son and he had a coach their bats well team for one game and here he got fired for banks whose own kids so. He's getting go through some of the stuff I think Greg that you and I I have already gone through. Let's talk a little bit about coaching this season of significance and again as you listened. This book is available on Amazon I just go to Amazon again you can either Gump type and Greg went clerk or coach in a season of significance. Fumbled the reason for the book Greg let's start with that what was the other mindset prior writing the book. Well they they tell you that everybody has a book and on the just a matter of if you write something that people want to want to read. I could have been goad him for a little over three decades and I've coached the variety of sports. Football wrestling track in the and I found factors. And I have a Canadian and elect for fifteen years and I feel a lot of young coaches need and even older coaches that. They they forget about the relationship so they don't know how to build relationships and you know it is that the whole book is about things you can do. Which apparently it is who has. With your team's. So basically like to have a better experience have a better high school experience them. And I thought you know they'd we used to have to college coach Erik cook and let your talent and coach in. All had a lot of universities have gone away from that and. The information. And there's a lot of stuff on exit and all of regardless where he coached by a especially in factor in in this book applies to everybody but there's there's not a lot of people writing about. This soft deal I guess you call home you know other how to build relationships try to have a good team functions how to build character in your team and I thought there was a need and a place for it and luckily it publisher isn't era. A great guy I wanna go to live through a couple of these chapters out real quick so that other Colts is they're listening. You know this is a really good book when when you win you're sitting down say OK I how to why I don't like take my program to the next level. And there there are things like putting character first and in pre season packet that I found really interesting. I'm setting team goals select to team my favorite is is chapter nine dealing with the prima Donna athlete. I didn't know you guys had that in soccer I know we got him a basketball coach. Yeah I you know like. I think that that the prima Donna athlete is really develop an elementary school. You know. That. Early bloomer and he's and he's you know and you about weave off you know kids when you know might get a little. Boomer you know if if it wasn't far. Good positive coaches come and you know they may they may not have continued to win they were able to like shine but when you when you don't have this. Appear here I think it's as lecture here. I plan and he treated different. Here he's treated differently and and then when the high school coach gets come. An and you have. Cultural values there you know. Program into your program and you know they don't always some. They don't always want to buy in the that in and you have to deal with that or it's going to be a long you know long season or yeah. You what you were you talk about the guy that that wrote this book Greg went clerk understand who were talking to. He five conference titles fourteen regional titles. He selected as the NS CAA national youth coach of the year in duck to do WA SA hall of fame. 2015. With Scotts and soccer hall of fame class 2017. He's at currently coaching down in Florida. At side a high school near Fort Myer but when when he talks about putting this book together. Look he's he's done it he has previews had successful programs. And he is he been kind enough. Took to put a book together for coaches. To say look even if you've been coaching for a one time there's there's some really good things in this book. Take to get she kind of back to making sure pitcher doing the stuff that that you need to do. So these kids your coach team will have a season of significant. You know it's funny Greg when you win I. Well when I'm out of bond I run into a kid that you know I coached fifteen years ago he'll bring up stuff that I said. In a practice fifteen years ago. I don't remember some of this stuff and and he'll say coached you remember when you had to pick me up. Or did you remember when where and when my dad was yellen Ambien you came over sit here but you need to be you'll nicest boy he works really hard. And it's and it's amazing to me as coaches. How much influence it we have on some of these players. I totally agree I think you'd never little. You never know you're making an impact on come on come in the usual. An NB don't have to you know like. Number one to creep out or play and you know they are happening here 35 of smoking. Used to have an impact on their like he can lead at eleven event. And and the way you treat them with back then. I honestly outweigh. You know he's in the lineup when perk and laws and an event here at that point. Alec helmets and let her Mohammad in this where you're going to be important lesson what you see Uga and I. I could make your you're. You know can't be. And I and I think they'll come corked bat. You know being able count. And make everything apart and it and you know he's a more significant remember work while. We're talk into what Greg went cooler again author Greg went clerk coaching a season of significance. You go to Amazon.com. To pick this book up. In the introduction part of this book. There's there's three parts in one is the season needs to be media fall in I really liked best did the player take away something from it. At season's end did they improve their individual schools are understanding of the game. Do they master new team tactics. Was it meaningful relationship form to earn his chin music coaching the team in and I really like that that's so important I think. Arm as coaches and sometimes when -- think it more about wins and wash says. Win that that part of what we should be doing we we don't do nearly as much as we should pick. I and I I totally agree with you there and it's it'd make it a connection with decade and making them you know that wins and losses. If you have a solid program and you have the other character based program and you have expectations. And use that communication standard. Those things calm you know they they just think it's all in the place and and I think. Some coaches try to bypass that and trying to. You know try to just input their will on teams and you can be successful like that for a few years but if you want sustainable success. You've you have to have a program and I think this you know that's one of the things I want it just looked helped people it is to be able to establish ahead and and you know no matter what his tendencies and that's if the kids enjoy it and you make a positive early to put them. Our kids when they they don't remember you know they'll they'll remember certain games this season but. They remember the experience and remember that Jerry circuit team. And and those are that. Twenty years from now you know nobody remembers if you were ten and twelve or thirty at all you know it's just it's man I really had to. Those kids on the team are still my best friends I spoke popular coach you know I still want either coach. Voters think there are meaningful and on the road. No I never chew in in in that I think it's it it's as is it important this season needs to be important number three this season needs. To be memorable. My chose you've been coached a long time. And and I know when I first started it was all about I just want to keep went in and and see if we couldn't. You know would win as many games when it conference when it went tournament type stuff. And as we get a little bit older we start to realize. That though that's fun and important at times that there's so much more to this than that. Absolutely effect I a said the exact same thing tonight guys in the locker room after the game. It when I first started coaching it was about hey I wanna win that championship red and get going in after one year. I realize you know what I have. A bigger thing at stake here and right is to try to develop these kids in to be. I'll upstanding young men so they can be leaders in the world in so. I got to show them how to do that as Rel you know it's it's the win I think. He just said it and the best the wins a call fall in the place if you have a program that's based and character. And expectations and communication. And but I think we're doing as a coach we have to realize that it is so we have more sake a bowl building young men. I in the future or women whether you coach girls or boys in fact Internet there's a chapter in here you know coaching girls. It's two different stream boys and girls and I've coached both in there is men there's a difference three coach numb he Greg last question again. Coaching season of significance go to Amazon.com. To pick this up author Greg win clerk is joining us. Com what did you learn from. From writing the book Greg that might of surprise few Lopez. And I think down. You know like there's there are things. I mean even even this year you know we had a little struggle with our team at one point and and it's late to you know you have to go but you can't like the chain of command for example holds reference it man. And an excuse if you forget like I I would with a program and final at crow or twenty years so. You know I preached educated man all the time and if I forgot that they at one year I didn't empathize not it would already built in the program. And I mean you know the next year I might have to touch back and again but. When I moved to might lose you know location. This is a new thing for them and you know you you have to remembered it. Even though things are working well if you if you forget one of those main pieces. It can come back to like buy you a little bit so. You know I have to go back and there are certain things you just you have to remember to do each and every year. You know and and as used as you go on you know people go argue with the program. They know what to expect and you know I've I haven't had a parent issue in years. An and I had one this year because the chain of command thing wasn't you know wasn't emphasize enough so. Does that you know I I think. I am. I think that's had a a good impact how much players and I hope I'm hoping that this book well have. Help other coaches like realize that that's important and and give them ways to make it happen. He K guys I again would recommend in this is the kind of book that you need to read prior to prior prior to the season starting. And then every once in awhile pick it up and and just take a look to say you look in my still doing this is his chain of command to they understand it. Did we set team goals. You know this kind of stuff make in the cut. These are all reboot every paragraph in here. Is is good for any sport that your coaching at any level and it really a ways out of beautiful map for you. And how to make your program successful. Again the name of the book coaching a season of significance. You pick it up and Amazon. Dot com Greg think he's so what's your time. Thank you Mike and mark hate like I told Joseph the foam by the by the way and that hopefully parts that Lucy you do a very nice job with that young man he's a good guy.