Football legend Bart Starr's designation of Most Valuable Player describes more than his legendary performance on the football field - it describes him as a man. Playing for the legendary Vince Lombardi, Starr learned the fundamentals of leadership and success.
Bela Karolyi, 2000 USA Gymnastics Women's National Team Coordinator, was born in Cluj, Romania. Bela Karolyi has become the most successful coach in the history of gymnastics. During his thirty-year career, Bela Karolyi has produced 28 Olympians, nine Olympic Champions, 15 World Champions, 12 European medallists and 6 U.S. National Champions
Butch has been involved in the golf arena for over 36 years. President of the Butch Harmon School of Golf, and recognized as one of the leading teaching instructors in the game.
A native of Americus, Georgia, Dan Reeves began his pro career as a free agent running back for the Dallas Cowboys in 1965, finishing his playing career as the Cowboy's fifth all-time leading rusher in 1972. Reeves stellar coaching career began when he joined the Dallas coaching staff in 1970, taking on a dual role as player/coach for two seasons.
former NFL head coach for 19 years with the Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. Louis Rams (1997-2000) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001-2005); Won the Super Bowl as the head coach with the Rams in 2000; former football analyst for ABC Sports and CBS Sports; Resides in Kansas City.
During his 20 years as head basketball coach at Notre Dame (1972-91), Phelps won more games (393) than any coach in Irish history. His teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament on 14 occasions -- including six of his last seven seasons -- and reached the Final Four in 1978.
Examples from the game of football are often used to illustrate determination, overcoming adversity and long odds, competition, and success; and our everyday language is filled with gridiron metaphors and memorable quotes. It is only natural that Don Shula, the coach with more wins in professional football than any other, speaks about inspiring others to win. Using examples from the football field he reveals his secrets of successful coaching and how they apply to any leadership position, as well as personal success.
Isiah Thomas, the former point guard, went straight to the point. Our goal is to win a championship, said Thomas. "That's the only goal." So on July 20, 2000, when Thomas was named coach of the Indiana Pacers, he made it clear that second place is no place he wants to be. And he has the resume to prove it.
Jim Fassel was named the 15th head coach in Giants history on January 15, 1997. That year, Fassel led his squad to a 10-5-1 record and a berth in the playoffs while capturing the NFC Eastern Division title. Fassel was named Coach of the Year by 11 media outlets, including The Sporting News, after helping the Giants improve from a 6-10 record and a last place finish in the NFC East in 1996.
Connors began playing tennis when he was three years old, under the tutelage of his mother Gloria, a teaching professional. When he was a young teen-ager, the family moved to California so he could receive advanced training from Pancho Gonzales and Pancho Segura.
Lee Corso, one of college football's most knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining analysts, is a key member of ESPN's college football production team. Corso - who joined ESPN in 1987 after 28 years of football coaching experience at the college and professional levels, including 17 seasons as a head coach - serves as a game analyst for the Thursday night telecasts and as a studio analyst for College GameDay and the half-time and scoreboard shows.
When Les Miles was named LSUís head football coach in January of 2005, the challenge was to not only keep the Tigers as one of the nationís elite programs, but to also make it better in all phases.
Leslie Antonio Frazier is a former cornerback/safety in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and is currently the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings.
Lloyd Carr has led the University of Michigan to a bowl game in every season at the helm, and claimed the Big Ten title five of the past seven seasons (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004). He became the first Wolverine coach to win four straight bowl games, beating Auburn 31-28 on New Year's Day at the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl, after leading U-M to victories in the 1998 Rose, 1999 Citrus, 2000 Orange and 2003 Outback Bowls.
Lovie Smith set forth with three stated goals when he was hired as the 13th head coach in Chicago Bears history on January 15, 2004: end the decade of dominance by the Green Bay Packers over the Bears, capture the NFC North Division for Chicago and win the Super Bowl.
Mack Brown's remarkable record as a head coach has seen success at every level, including the rare accomplishment of building Top Five programs at two different schools.
2006-07 was another record-setting season for the head coach of the Phoenix Suns. Mike D'Antoni (dan-TONE-ee) guided the Suns to the two longest win streaks in franchise history (17 and 15) as Phoenix cruised to its third-straight Pacific Division title (sixth in club history). D'Antoni's Suns finished with the NBA's second-best record (61-21), marking his second 60-win season and the third in franchise history.
Mike Ditka is one of the most recognized and successful NFL personalities as a player, coach and television commentator. Currently working as an analyst and commentator on CBS, this is Ditka's second stint in broadcasting, having spent four years as an NFL commentator and analyst on the NFL on NBC.
Mike Fratello is in his 2nd year as a television broadcaster for Turner Sports, Inc., a Time Warner company that presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide, and is a leader in televised sports programming.
Mike Holmgren, a masterful motivator with a rare capacity for extracting optimum performance from his players, enters his fifth season as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks after joining the club as Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head Coach on January 9, 1999.
Mike Tomlin was named the 16th head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history on Jan. 22, 2007. Hired at the age of 34, Tomlin became only the third head coach hired by the Steelers since 1969. He is the youngest Head Coach in NFL History to win a Super Bowl.
Her athletic ability was nationally recognized as early as 1974. As a sophomore at Far Rockaway High School in Queens, N.Y. the young Nancy Lieberman was invited to participate in ABAUSA's national team trials for a chance to play on the United States' first ever Women's Olympic Basketball Team.
A man of vision who has a proven record of championship success, University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban brings to Alabama football a commitment to building the total program.
Rick Adelman, who twice coached the Portland Trail Blazers to berths in the NBA Finals and later coached the Golden State Warriors, returned to the NBA after a season's absence on Sept. 17, 1998, when the Sacramento Kings hired him as the franchise's 19th head coach.
After leading the club through the most successful and memorable year in franchise history, Sean Payton enters his second season as head coach of the New Orleans Saints. In 2006, Payton directed the Saints to a division title, the NFC Championship Game and was the unanimous choice for NFL Coach of the Year.
He quickly revived the lifeline of a once-proud tradition which had stumbled to record just three wins in a 25-game period two-plus seasons prior to his arrival.
Terry Bowden is a dynamic motivational and inspirational speaker who also happens to be incredibly funny. Unlike so many speakers that make a living by telling people how to be a success, Terry Bowden has made a living by being a success.
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