Last week, July 17-19, was our Uncommon Coaches Clinic in partnership with Rachel’s Challenge. About 150 coaches and athletic directors from across the country joined us in Castle Rock, CO, for an inspirational few days.
The founder of Rachel’s Challenge, Darrell Scott, kicked us off on Thursday evening, along with keynote speaker Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League.
On Friday, Bill Ripken energized the crowd and explained the 4 tenets of “The Ripken Way,” based on his father, Cal Ripken, Sr.’s style of coaching:
#uncommonathlete - Cal Ripken, Sr Foundation - keep it simple, explain the why, celebrate the individual, make it fun— Justin Briggs (@CoBriggs) July 18, 2014
There was a panel discussion with Paul Angelico, commissioner of the Colorado High School Activities Association; Gary Musselman, executive director of the Kansas High School Activities; and Steve Savarese, executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
The afternoon keynote came from Phillip Fulmer, former University of Tennessee Head Football Coach:
Then it was time for the big reveal…
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Rachel’s Challenge have been hard at work on the Uncommon Athlete program. Stay tuned, but until then, here’s a sneak peek for the rest of you:
On Saturday, we were joined by two former NFL players. Cris Collinsworth started the morning off with some laughs as well as some heart:
Everyone gets knocked down. Have the resolve to get back up. - Chris Collingsworth #uncommon— Cynthia Corn (@miss_corn) July 19, 2014
The clinic ended with a powerful presentation on transformational coaching from our friend Joe Ehrmann:
Been a great couple days at the Uncommon Athlete conference. Great speakers, great message...definitely some things to incorporate #uncommon— VP Softball (@VP_Softball) July 19, 2014
And what will our #uncommon coaches remember to take home to the kids they coach?
@Janice_CRSF not about your record, it's all about the kids! Success is determined by how successful your kids are after they play for you!!— Coach Cluley (@Coach_Cluley) July 22, 2014
Thank you to all of our amazing speakers and to all the uncommon coaches who joined us!