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The Leadership Publishing Team Releases 
Volume One—2103 Back Issues of The Coaching and Leadership Journal 

April 18, 2017 Winston Salem, NC  ​The Leadership Publishing Team is pleased to announce that Volume One—2103 Back Issues of The Coaching and Leadership Journal is now available. This lasting material is a terrific resource and will be a great addition to your professional library. Whether you are subscriber or are new to our journal and simply want to have a full year’s worth of our motivating leadership reports all in one place, you can now order the entire 2013 season.

About The Journal
The Coaching and Leadership Journal was created in 2011 by Dan Spainhour, founder of The Leadership Publishing Team. Spainhour, a career athletic professional, wanted to provide coaches and athletic administrators a valuable leadership resource with pertinent information that was easy to read. Understanding that athletic professionals always seem to be pressed for time, Spainhour undertook the project to give the busy leader just what they need. Each month, Spainhour uses his experience to scour the internet, books, magazines and other publications for the most useful information available. Under his auspices, each issue delivers thought-provoking and inspirational articles. This volume contains all 12 issues from the year 2013.

About The Editor, Dan Spainhour
Dan Spainhour has more than 34 years of high school and college coaching experience. He has received numerous awards during his coaching career, including three state championships and seventeen coach of the year honors. His teams have collected more than 600 victories. As a high school basketball coach, he collected over 500 victories and won nearly 70% of his games. In 2008, Spainhour returned to high school coaching after serving as the director of basketball operations for Florida State University.
Spainhour was the founder of Educational Coaching & Business Communications, a company that later merged with The Leadership Publishing Team. He is the author of several coaching, leadership and motivational books. He is a recipient of the Governor's Laurel Wreath Award as an Ambassador of Athletics in the State of North Carolina and currently serves as an executive board member for the North Carolina High School Basketball Coaches Association.

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The Coaching and Leadership Journal Enters Its Fifth Year And Growing

August 31, 2016 Winston-Salem, NC. The Leadership Publishing Team announced this week that their monthly journal, The Coaching and Leadership Journal  (CLJ) will continue into its 5th year. The Journal's first issue was published in August 2012. At that time, Dan Spainhour, founder of the Leadership Publishing Team and curator of the journal said, “I am so excited about the Coaching and Leadership Journal. I believe this monthly journal is just what the busy leader needs. There is so much information out there and it can be so time consuming trying to find it. Coaches don’t have time to read blogs, and other material that can provide some really great information. Our journal allows them to get the information they need without having to waste time searching for it. I believe the top people in any profession never stop learning and that is the main objective of this journal--provide coaches and leaders the means to learn without having to waste their valuable time.”

The Journal's subscriber list includes coaches from every college sport as well as numerous athletic administrators on both the collegiate and high school level. This past year the Journal had a renewal rate of 72 percent.

"I am so very proud of our Journal. It is especially gratifying to watch our journal grow. When we launched in 2012 there was so much speculation that subscription-based print journals were dead. But I knew what my years of experience had taught me. Top leaders want to read and they want to learn--they just don't have the time to waste on irrelevant information. In an era where most magazines feel very fortunate to get a renewal rate of 50 percent, I think our renewal rate of over 70 percent shows that athletic leaders realize the value of our publication," said Spainhour


The Leadership Publishing Team Releases 
The Best Of The Coaching and Leadership Journal

August 20, 2015 Winston Salem, N.C. The Leadership Publishing Team announced the release of The Best of The Coaching and Leadership Journal, a collection of the most loved and requested issues from the journal. 

About the Journal. As the information on the Internet has grown and expanded, so has the need for people to sort through it. Editor Dan Spainhour brings his 33 years of experience to the journal. Each issue invokes his judgment, knowledge and experience to determine what is valuable to their readers. Spainhour and his team scour the internet and print publications for leadership and coaching commentary. Information is then cut down to size saving valuable time but still giving relevant and pertinent information that benefits any athletic professional. It is not just a journal but a valuable resource delivered to subscriber’s inbox each month. 

Although each issue is an archived issue all material is relevant to today and never grows old.  Subscriptions are being sold for only $49 a year which is $100 off the new subscription price. Monthly plans are also available. 

Subscribers will get a one-year subscription to The Best Of Coaching and Leadership Journal—12 digital issues; one each month delivered to their inbox as well as The Team Leadership Report, a weekly report covering timely and relevant coaching and leadership information emailed each week. 
For more information please contact us at customerservice@leadershippublishingteam.com

The Coaching & Leadership Journal Continues To Grow

May 7, 2015 Winston Salem, NC.  The Leadership Publishing Team is pleased to announce that over the last few months they have welcomed Coaching & Leadership Journal  subscribers from all around the United States & Canada, including NCAA national champion, Florida State Women’s Soccer program. The new subscribers join an already impressive group that include the All-time winningest coach in Illinois high school football; a five-time West Region Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, a coach who is in the top 50 in wins among active coaches in NCAA baseball, a three-time All-American at Arizona State and a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association since 1990.  

Dan Spainhour, Leadership Publishing Team founder and editor of the Coaching & Leadership Journal said he is more than pleased with the Journal’s progress as it enters its fourth year.  Spainhour said the subscriber list now includes coaches from every sport as well as numerous athletic administrators on the collegiate, high school and professional levels. "I am very pleased with the year our Journal has had. When we decided to start this publication it was met with some skepticism because of the amount of information that is readily available on the internet. But I always felt busy leaders needed this type of curated information. One of the things I am most pleased with is the number of renewals we have each year. Most of our initial subscribers are still with us. That tells me our journal is meeting the needs of athletic professionals,” Spainhour said. 

A Season In Their Words Has A Strong Release

March 9, 2015 Winston-Salem, NC. The Leadership Publishing Team announced that the first two months sales of A Season In Their Words exceeded their expectations. The company made the decision to only sell their book through their own channels and it appears to have not hurt their sales. 

Dan Spainhour, founder as well as author of the book says, “We are extremely pleased with the release of the book. The first two months sales have surpassed the first year’s total for the first book A Season In Words. It was a fun project and it feels great to see it being used by so many programs and their coaching staffs.”

Leadership Journal Enters Its Third Year

April 4, 2014 Winston-Salem, NC. Dan Spainhour is pleased to announce that the Coaching & Leadership Journal has grown tremendously since its inception and will continue into its 3rd year. Spainhour said the subscriber list has increased each year and now includes coaches from every college sport as well as numerous athletic administrators on both the collegiate and high school level. "I am very pleased with the progress of our Journal. I always felt there was a need for this type of monthly publication. As you can imagine, when we decided to give birth to this publication it was met with some skepticism because of the amount of information that is readily available on the internet. But I always felt this was different. Having been in athletics my entire career I understand how hard it is to find time to find the right information. It is obvious that our Journal is meeting the needs of athletic professionals," said Spainhour.  You can find more information about The Leadership Publishing Team and the Journal here.

Dan Spainhour Named Coach of The Year

March 4, 2014, King, NC King native and West Stokes basketball coach Dan Spainhour was recently named Coach of the Year.  Like many great influential coaches Spainhour is a self-proclaimed marginal athlete and got cut from every team he tried out for as a kid. Looking back, he now sees that as a blessing and said it fueled his desire to coach even more.

“I’m not sure why, but I have always felt like it was my calling. From the age of 15 I knew what I wanted to do. I started coaching in the King Little League program and Youth Basketball League. I began before I could drive so my mom would take me to practices,” Spainhour said. Spainhour graduated from High Point College with a degree in Physical Education and accepted his dream job as a coach and teacher at Bishop McGuiness. During that time he worked under Jim Corrigan, a respected coach who played basketball at Duke University as a walk-on.

Spainhour’s work ethic and knowledge of the game landed him a position as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball program at the University of Miami. Years later he was hand-picked by Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton as Director of Basketball Operations.

“I am not at all surprised Dan has been recognized as Coach of the Year. He is an organized, intelligent and savvy basketball person who has the ability to communicate the game to his players in a succinct way for them to be able to absorb the information and give it back to him in an organized manner that is beneficial and allows his players to play top-notch basketball,” Hamilton said.

Spainhour believes working alongside coaching legends such as Corrigan and Hamilton gave him an invaluable learning experience. “I always had a belief that I would work in the ACC and I was fortunate enough to do that. In the Big East as well as when I was in Miami,” he said.

But in 2007 Spainhour’s trajectory changed once again when he received a call from Stokes County Athletic Director Annette Johnson. “It was by far one of West Stokes and one of my most fortunate days. I remember asking him if he ever thought about returning to high school coaching. He is truly one of the best high school basketball coaches; he’s a professional through and through,” Johnson said.

Deciding to leave Florida and travel back to King was a decision Spainhour said he and his wife are glad they made. As a seasoned veteran of coaching who understands the ins and outs of high school and college basketball Spainhour said there is still one thing he can’t teach players - passion.

“Passion is something that if it’s in you no one can take it out, but if it isn’t, no one can put it in. We have been very fortunate to have guys who are passionate about becoming basketball players and are passionate about our program at West Stokes. If you can develop a culture where hard work and improvement is an expectation and if you have had players in the past set a standard of hard work then it becomes easier to get everyone on board,” Spainhour said.

West Stokes senior Grayson Cobb said his coach brings just as much passion to practice as he does to the games. “It means a lot to be coached by someone with his knowledge of basketball and life. He has a way of making you buy in whether you play the whole game, a few minutes, or not at all,” Cobb said.  Spainhour’s team is quick to acknowledge “the system” they’ve been taught which has led some to ask –What does that mean? The coach explains that his desire for his players is to want to be coached.

“Young players today have so many distractions and so many people trying to coach them that it is easy for them to get frustrated and confused. We want our guys to listen to their teammates and coaches and try to respectively ignore the other people that think they are trying to help but really are just creating a difficult environment for a player and a team. When a player is thinking about his own performance rather than that of the team it is very hard to be freed up enough to play at a high level. When players play for each other it is amazing what can be accomplished,” Spainhour said.

Spainhour said there are basic fundamentals and foundations of any system that a coach wants to implement. Those basics never change; however things like offensive sets and types of defense change from year to year based upon personnel.

“I love the challenge of trying to figure out what changes can be made each season. I also love trying to develop a team. One of the most rewarding aspects of coaching is when you see young men come together as a unit. Every season is new and every team takes on a life of its own and it’s a lot of fun to watch it grow.” When reflecting back on his career Spainhour said there have been highlights such as winning two Frank Spencer Tournaments, coaching back-to-back state championship games at Bishop, and this year’s team who began with a 1-4 record and turned it into something to be proud of.

But to those who know Spainhour personally, his players and peers, they would likely say the best is yet to come.

Dan Spainhour On The Culture Question
By J.P. Mundy SBNation

January 6, 2013, SB National. How many years does it really take to change/create a culture in big-time college basketball? John Mundy reaches into the coaching and professorial ranks for help with answering some difficult questions.

Monday, January 14 began with news of the sudden termination of Kevin O'Neill, the University of Southern California's head basketball coach. The owner of a reputation for being a master basketball technician as well as a questionable ability to play well with others, O'Neill entered this season with a prominent place on the coaching "hot seat," and his departure was not much of a surprise. The timing, however, was. After all, the Trojans were coming off a 76-59 road win over Utah during which they had played their best basketball of the season.

Once upon a time, mid-season coaching changes were almost strictly the domain of the professional ranks. Firing a college coach mid-season was an anomaly, normally precipitated by some heinous act that threatened a school's image or staved off an NCAA investigation. Now, with the acceleration of the "McDonald's-izing" of society (We want what we want and we want it NOW), such terminations are becoming more commonplace.

And that's a problem.

The number three. Whenever discussion turns to justifying the termination or retention of a coach, inevitably talk turns to, "How long should it take to build a winner?" From eavesdropping on office discussions, engaging in sports bar arguments or listening to television talking heads, that answer appears to be three years. I'm not sure when, but somehow a decision has been made that three is the magic number for coaching success. Granted, my analytical nature appreciates things I can mentally box and wrap up in a nice little bow, but I'm not sure on this topic. I'm unsure mainly because one can't build an organization without building an organizational culture, and I'm not sure that's something that has a set timeline.

Neither are Dan Spainhour and Mike Muse, former college assistants and longtime prep head coaches and administrators. Spainhour, a former assistant at Miami and Florida State to Leonard Hamilton, agreed with my assessment of the "Three-year rule."

I don't think you can rubber stamp any number. A lot of things are included. I look at Leonard Hamilton. Both at Miami and Florida State there were people calling for a coaching change. I know there were talks in Miami before I got there. Year three in Miami he was 0-18 in the league. Then the next year they go to the NIT and he is the Big East Coach of the Year. The year I got there, which was years five and six, we went to the NIT and NCAA. The next year he went to he Sweet Sixteen. Similar things happened in Tallahassee.

Muse, a former assistant and Director of Basketball Operations at Wake Forest under Skip Prosser, agreed thusly:

Three years is the earliest that you can build your own culture. In most cases, it will take four or five years before you can start seeing results unless you are at a place with unlimited resources. Culture, to me, is the biggest part of building a program. Creating a winning attitude and work ethic is part of that culture. In some programs, that attitude has never been established but always expected. A knowledge base has to be built. Relationships inside and outside the program have to be established. Talent has to be developed. Leadership has to be developed. Common goals, values and attitudes have to be formed. All this is done based on making the right decisions, not just the popular ones.
Clarifying Culture

Want to elevate a disgruntled fan's blood pressure? Show him or her a news clipping of a coach or administrator talking about the importance of establishing a culture. To the enthusiastic fan, culture may have its place but it is secondary or tertiary to high school recruiting rankings and talent evaluations. Face it: most of us have said something like this with regard to sports, including me:

"I could coach that team," or, "Even I could win with that kind of talent."

However, my mind began to change after watching North Carolina's teams in the mid-nineties load up on talent like Rasheed Wallace, Jeff McInnis and Vince Carter, only to fall short of a national title despite having multiple McDonald's All-Americans on their team. Maybe, just maybe, there was something more to building a program than I initially thought.

According to Dr. Wes Davenport, chairman of High Point University's Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, culture is explained as,

... an aggregation of the individual differences of all of the members (values, personality, attitudes) and these things are fairly fixed. That is, highly resistant to change (even if you WANT to change). So if you want to change a culture, in many cases you will have to change a majority of the people. This is one reason why there is high attrition and turnover from players following coaching changes. Additionally, college coaches are not dealing with seasoned professional people. Coaches like Spainhour and Muse are trying to instill value sets onto young men in the 18-20 age range. One could argue that it's easier to create change in the young, but try and remember how much YOU listened to directives from authority figures when YOU were 18. Me? I was invincible and knew everything, as my 'C' average in high school and journeyman 17-year college career certainly attests.

"I heard someone say that 'team chemistry' was the most overused term in sports,' Spainhour said. "They were obviously not a coach."

Where do you start? Now that we've reached an understanding (hopefully) that coaches in relatively new situations like John Calipari didn't just show up to practice and roll a ball out, the question remains: Just what, exactly, is involved in changing, creating and installing a coach's desired culture?

"The best place to start is making sure everyone in the organization understands individual and collective responsibility. I'm a big believer in collective responsibility. That is, if someone screws up then we all screw up. If you can develop a culture where everyone in it feels responsible for everyone else, then you have a chance to reduce the times you need to get rid of people to improve the situation," says Spainhour.

There is, however, one additional aspect of culture that is crucial to any organization. That aspect is the difference between the "formal" and "informal" culture surrounding the team. Dr. Davenport explains: Keep in mind that in all areas of life (romance, family, work, sports, etc.) we know that the informal culture is more influential in determining behavior than the formal culture. So, while a company may have a formal mission statement that says, 'X,Y and Z is what matters,' it is the informal rules and norms established by the people of the organization that really determine how we choose to behave.

As an outsider looking in, the sentiments of both coach and professor make thing profoundly clear: no matter what kind of organization is being constructed, there is going to be a lot of individual hand-holding involved. Additionally, we've yet to mention the "clean-up" involved when one is inheriting another coach's culture. Is it better to inherit a young group to start building your organization, or do you need veteran leadership?

As Mike Muse related, "It all depends on the culture that was left behind by the previous coaching staff. If work ethic and discipline are in place then an older group is better. If not, then a younger group that can be molded into your ways of doing things is better."

Spainhour adds, "The absolute best situation would be to have some mature leadership who buys in completely to the new system and are willing to teach the young guys the ropes."

What Would You Do? I took the liberty of asking both Coach Muse and Coach Spainhour a hypothetical question based on an imaginary scenario. Namely, if I were an AD and offered them a job at State Tech, how long of a contract would they need to get the program up and running? The caveats were that the team is facing a loss of scholarships for the first two years of the contract, a postseason ban for one, and there are rumors of looming APR penalties. What do they need to build their organization?

Coach Mike Muse:
I'm asking for a five-year contract plus an extra year for each year of reduced scholarships. What needs to happen to be successful will depend on the support you have and the people you surround yourself with. Look at what the Penn State football coach was able to do this past year. People and the relationships you form are the difference makers. Scheduling and recruiting also go a long way in rebuilding. Changing habits is the hardest part of taking over a new program. Realistic goals have to be set.

Coach Dan Spainhour also wants five years, but there is more to it:

Most important to me would be the support of the President and AD. I would have to know that I am supported in any tough decisions we may need to make. Secondly, I would need to be able to hire my own people for my staff. Everyone on the staff may not be someone I have worked with but my associate coach, my right-hand man, would be someone I have worked with and who I have a relationship with. That person must be someone who knows our system, our standards, and our expectations. I would not want to spend time training and getting to know everyone on my staff. Spainhour also indicated the need for facilities up to par with other league members, a loyal fan base, and the need to be able to recruit talent that was comparable with the talent level in the league. He cited Indiana as an example of all of this, specifically mentioning how the fan base was able to sustain the program as Tom Crean rebuilt the team from scratch.

What Am I, the Fan, Entitled To? The simple answer? Technically, nothing.

Donors large and small may believe that they are entitled to a winning product by volition of their financial contributions, and because individual money is spent on tickets, merchandise and booster club membership fees one can understand if there is a feeling of entitlement. However, the fact remains that a donation is an act of goodwill and an investment- a choice with hope of a positive return. The economist Milton Friedman is famous for saying, among other things, that the social responsibility of any business (and a college is indeed a business first) is, "to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game."

Taking that view, according to Davenport, one could argue that the college or university should leverage the sport to accumulate as much profit of possible. Except, he says, for two small problems:

One, universities are "not-for-profit" so there's that. Second, it has been argued by others that all stakeholders should be considered and not only the shareholders. If you take this view then you would consider the alumni, students, coaches, faculty, etc. So, you would still argue that you should maximize revenues, but then use those revenues to benefit all stakeholders of the university and thereby share the wealth (improve academic programs, support non-revenue sports, improve the reputation of the university, AND do it at a price that allows alumni and fans to participate in the process.

So does Dr. Davenport's quote mean that, say, my hometown Wake Forest Demon Deacons owe me something? If Wake Forest doesn't win after two or three years does the university have an obligation to terminate the head coach to appease me and other like-minded folks? From his quote, it seems that maybe they do (to a degree), considering the money I've invested in season tickets over the last 30 or so years.

Perhaps it's time for a change in culture, and I'm not talking about sports at all.

101 Basketball Baseline Out of Bounds Plays Released

September 15. 2012 Winston-Salem, NC. The Leadership Publishing Team announced the release of 101 Basketball Baseline Out of Bounds Plays. The book is perfect for every basketball coaches library. Dan Spainhour, founder of The Leadership Publishing Team says he is excited about the release of the book. "This book is a collection of my files from 30 years of coaching. I think over the years I have used everyone of these plays at one time or other." The book is available in both print and digital format. 

The Leadership Publishing Team Launches Coaching and Leadership Journal 

August 2, 2012 Winston-Salem, NC. The Leadership Publishing Team today announced the release of their Coaching and Leadership Journal. The journal is designed to provide strategies, ideas, and news to help leaders lead their team. The subscription based journal will officially launch with a September issue. 

Dan Spainhour, founder of The Leadership Publishing Team, says he is thrilled about bringing the idea to fruition. “I am so excited about the Coaching & Leadership Journal. I believe this monthly journal is just what the busy coach needs. There is so much information out there and it can be so time consuming trying to find it. Coaches don’t have time to read blogs, and other material that can provide some really great information. Our journal allows them to get the information they need without having to waste time searching for it. I believe the top people in any profession never stop learning and that is the main objective of this journal, provide coaches and leaders the means to learn without having to waste their valuable time.”

Subscriptions are now available at their website. 

A Season In Words Expanded Edition Released

May 15, 2011 Winston-Salem, NC. The Leadership Publishing Team announced the release of an updated and expanded version of Dan Spainhour’s bestselling book A Season In Words: A Coach’s Guide To Motivation From The Preseason To The Postseason.  The book now contains over 2000 quotes and wits of wisdom to help make it easy for coaches to say just the right thing at just the right time of the year.

Author Dan Spainhour had this to say about the updated version of his book, “I always knew there was a demand for a resource like A Season In Words because I constantly found myself searching for just the right quote to give my team throughout the year. However, I have been pleasantly surprised with the success of the book. It really excites me when I see the number of athletic programs that are using my book. It makes me feel good that this book has become a resource for so many athletic programs both nationally and internationally. 

This updated version still has the same great format that made the first book such a success.  It simply has more quotes and stories. A Season In Words is applicable for any coach regardless of the sport they coach. And when I hear from coaches that are using my book it makes me feel like maybe I am playing a small part in their success.” 

The Leadership Publishing Team Merges With Educational Coaching & Business Communications 

January 18, 2011 Winston-Salem, NC. The Leadership Publishing Team specializes in informational guidebooks, newsletters and special reports for business leaders, athletes, coaches, educators, and parents. The Leadership Publishing Team are creators of quality publications for the time-strapped coaching professional.

"Joining with the Leadership Publishing Team allows our products to reach a wider audience. Educational Coaching & Business Communications will continue to produce quality products but will do so under The Leadership Publishing Team brand. It's a great move for our company," said ECBC owner Dan Spainhour.

How To Get Your Child An Athletic Scholarship Featured In The 2010 Congressional Report As A Recommended Book On Receiving Athletic Aid. 

December 2010, Washington DC This report is prepared for members and committees of Congress. It includes a list of books and Internet sources that may help Members and staff locate student financial aid information for prospective, current, or graduating college and university students.

"It's a honor to have our book included on the list said Dan Spainhour, author of the book. We have felt all along that this guide was a great resource for people who wanted advice on how to navigate through the college recruiting process. It is nice to have that confirmed by being recognized in this report."

Spainhour hired to head FSU basketball operations
By Bill Cole

Friday, June 17, 2005 Dan Spainhour is back coaching basketball after a two-year absence, accepting a spot on the Florida State staff. Spainhour was named Florida State's director of basketball operations on May 26 and reunited with Coach Leonard Hamilton, with whom he worked when both were at Miami in the late 1990s. Spainhour, 45, is a former coach at West Stokes High School in King and also coached at Bishop McGuinness in the early 1980s.

Spainhour will be in charge of the daily operations of the Florida State program and its summer camps. He said he's eager to help Hamilton try to make the program among the best in the ACC after spending the past two years in the private sector.

"I'm happy to be in this position, no doubt," Spainhour said from his office in Tallahassee yesterday. "Growing up where I grew up and having a chance to be in the ACC will be almost like a dream come true. I coached for 20 years, and I still would like to have the opportunity to coach at this level. This is a step in the right direction."

Spainhour replaces Guy Rancourt, who left to become an assistant coach at the University of Stony Brook in New York. Spainhour first worked for Hamilton for two seasons as a graduate assistant at Miami, while getting a master's degree in sports administration.

"I had been looking (to get back into coaching); I had always been looking," Spainhour said. "I had stayed in contact with Coach Hamilton after working for him at Miami. As a matter of fact, I had stayed in contact with the whole staff. One thing led to another."

Spainhour left coaching in March 2003 when he resigned at West Stokes. He worked at the school starting in 1998 as boys' coach and athletics director. He was the conference coach of the year in 2002. He took West Stokes to the state tournament in the school's first year of existence and reached the sectional semifinals in the third season.

He and his family moved to Naples, Fla., after leaving West Stokes and Spainhour ran basketball camps there. He wrote instructional manuals designed to serve as motivational guides for coaches and a guide for running basketball camps. His East Coast summer-basketball camp was highly successful.

Running the Seminoles' camps will be Spainhour's chief duty, although he will also handle the team's travel during the season and all daily functions.

"I guess a little more experience (running camps) with my background helps out," Spainhour said. "It helps, I think, that Coach Hamilton and I know each other, and we've worked together in the past. We're right in the middle of camp right now. We've got three camps going now and team camp will be in July. It really helps because I know this staff. It's a great staff to work for, having been with them before at Miami."

Spainhour became the McGuinness coach in 1982 after graduating from High Point College that year. He stayed there until 1995. He took McGuinness to the private schools' state-championship game twice, to three conference championships and two conference tournament championships.

McGuinness had four 20-win seasons under Spainhour. His experience with running summer camps began at McGuiness.

• Bill Cole can be reached at bcole@wsjournal.com

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Updated Version Of Coaching Affirmations Is Released

October 13, 2017 The Leadership Publishing Team has released an updated version of Coaching Affirmations:A Coach’s Guide to Improving Individual Performance. Originally published in 2010, the book is full of positive affirmations  compiled exclusively for coaches and athletes to help you always be at your best. 

An affirmation can create an attitude of “I can do this!” The mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. And all coaches know the relationship of mental to physical performance. As Bob Knight says, “Mental is to physical as four is to one.”

The book is compiled by Dan Spainhour, author of many coaching and leadership books including the well respected A Season In Words and contains easy to use affirmations that can be used by athletes and coaches alike.