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The Forza Athletics Life & Coaching Podcast

Author: Charles J. Infurna, EdD

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Welcome to The Forza Athletics Life & Coaching Podcast! The purpose of this podcast will be to share my thoughts and experiences about coaching high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate throwers. I’ll be discussing research based ideas as well as my personal thoughts about various topics, including but not limited to; coaching, routines, rituals, coach/life balance, motivation, preparation, and self-efficacy.
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In this brief episode I ramble about coaching, expectations and professional goals for the upcoming year.  If you haven't had the chance to read Jon Gordon's book One Word, you can purchase his book by clicking this link You read other articles I've written about being focused by clicking here and hereYou can learn more about Forza Athletics by visiting www.forzathletics.comInstagram www.instagram.com/forzathleticsTwitter www.twitter.com/forzathleticsUse code "throw" to save on my latest book Thrower: Propelling Towards Greatness - 2nd EditionYou can purchase the pdf version by clicking here
We began this season by looking at our vision as a coach, why we coach, and how we want to be remembered.  Looking at Episode 3, the focus was on the end of our career's.  In this episode, I wanted to spend some time discussing how to develop your coaching philosophy.  Our philosophy will change a little bit as we move along with our coaching journey, but some of our core values will remain the same.My philosophy is to illuminate a path for my athlete's that helps them achieve their goals.  I'm ashamed to say that it wasn't always as such.  When I first began coaching my philosophy was "coach-centered".  I was more concerned with what my peers would think of me and how far my athletes threw.  That was pretty much it.  As I have traveled along in my coaching journey, I've had a paradigm shift in the way I coach.  My focus is now "athlete-centered".  I provide my athletes a lot of autonomy in regards to their training, goals, meet selection, etc.  When I first began coaching, I didn't feel comfortable with athlete input.  Now I thrive upon learning more about myself as a coach and most importantly what my athletes think and how I can better coach my athletes throughout the course of a season and their careers!What is your coaching philosophy?  Has it changed since you began coaching?  Why or why not?
It probably isn't something we think about often, but do you ever wonder what people will say about you at your 80th birthday party?  Or, has the thought of what will people say about me at my funeral come across your mind?  If you answered no, you are probably in the majority.  I'm not sure how many people think about these two questions on a daily or even regular basis, but I think about it quite often.In one of my doctorate courses we were asked to present our future legacy to the class.  We were instructed to think about the two questions above, and to provide examples of how we think we had left or would leave our legacy.  We had 30 minutes to give our presentation.  It was a surreal presentation to say the least.  My presentation was filled with tears.  Not of sadness, but of joy.  I asked four former athletes to send me a 30 second video explaining to the class the legacy they think I left upon them.  I didn't watch the video's until class that night.  It was a big chance, but I wanted my expression to be genuine.  I think we all do, don't we?My homework for those of you that listened to this episode.  On a 3x5 index card, write down what you think your coaching legacy will be.  Be as detailed as possible.  Second, after you have written down your legacy thoughts, under each one provide an example or two that suggests you might really be left with this legacy.  This is your opportunity to share all the good things you perceive to have done during your time as a coach.  You don't need to show anyone anything, but be honest with yourself.  How do you think people will remember you?  They may forget all about the awards and championships, but I'm positive they won't forget how you made them feel.
In our first episode of Season 2020 I discussed what it means to find your purpose, North Star, or why.  There are many terms used by many different social influencers out there, so you can decipher for yourself which term you most prefer.When you understand your purpose for doing what you do, it'll make doing your What so much more rewarding for you.  In my example, my purpose is to propel athletes into leaving their positive mark on the world.  I am able to guide and mentor athletes by meeting them at speaking engagements, via social media (on-line coaching), and in person coaching.  My what is the coaching itself!  It is one of the most rewarding experiences I get to enjoy everyday.  I don't consider coaching a job.  It is a passion of mine that I have had for a very long time.  In some cases, the two hours I spend coaching my collegiate and high school athletes is the best part of my day (on-top of the time I get to spend with my family at home).  Now the question is up to you, how does your passion and why fuel your what?  If those two elements don't line up, what can you do about that?  In this episode I provide some tips and suggestions for you that are easily transferable to other parts of your life besides just coaching and working with high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate athletes.
If you are a coach or athlete, deep down we all have a reason or purpose for doing the things we do. Some may be fueled by external validation or acknowledgement. Others may coach or compete for the love of it. All of us have a reason why we do what we do. What is your why? Why do you coach? Why do you compete?
It has been quite a long time since I last recorded a podcast!  What better way to come back into the fold by sharing some information about the release of my second book Thrower: Propelling Towards Greatness - 2nd Edition.  I've included two traits in this edition that really provide some perspective on what it really means to take your throwing to the next level; being able to seize the moment and what it means to be mentally tough.  Proceeds from book purchases help support our post-collegiate throwers making the push to qualify for and compete in the 2020 Olympic Trials.  You can purchase your copy by clicking the following link https://www.forzathletics.com/store/p27/Thrower%3A_Propelling_Towards_Greatness_2nd_Edition_%28PDF_Version%29.html
Mel Herl is a 2x Division II National Champion and multiple time All-American.  Not only is she a decorated thrower, but an exceptional Olympic weightlifter as well.  In our 3rd interview, Mel discussed;  1. Her late start to throwing at the high school level 2. The transition to collegiate throwing at the Division II level 3. How the relationship with her coach played a role in her throwing performance(s) 4. Graduating from college and figuring out what to do next 5. Throwing at the USA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships 6. Making the transition to post-collegiate throwing 7. Finding a new coach 8. Trying Olympic weightlifting 9. Moving across the country multiple times 10. Making the transition to coaching, and; 11. Advice for post-collegiate athletes
I had the honor to spend some time discussing throwing, training, and the work/life balance with Highland Games Professional Thrower Matt Hand.  Matt has been involved with the Highland Games for over 15 years.  In this episode he discusses how he got into throwing, training at two different colleges, making the transition to the Highland Games, turning pro, competing around the world, while balancing everything will a full-time job.    Matt lives in Corning, NY, and offers coaching and clinics throughout the year.  You can contact Matt directly through social media on Twitter and Instagram @MattHandThrows.    Even though I've known Matt for a very long time, I learned some new things today about him, how he plans his programming, and what he 5-15 year plan is for growing the Highland Games.
I had the great pleasure and honor to spend some time speaking with Sean Foulkes.  He is an amazing throwing coach at Portage Northern High School located in Michigan.  In his brief time there, he has coached a multitude of great shot-put, discus, hammer, and weight throwers.  In this episode we spend some time discussing how he got into coaching, what it's like to coach 30-40 throwers in one session, bringing kids together, culture, buy-in, and his coaching philosophy.  I learned a lot from Sean.  I know you will as well!
Reevaluating Expectations 2

Reevaluating Expectations 2

2019-02-2600:07:44

Reevaluating Expectations 2
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