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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen makes five declaration he believes will come true for the NHL season. USA TODAY

With coach Ralph Kruegers Buffalo Sabres (6-1-1) leading the Atlantic Division and Dave Tippetts Edmonton Oilers sitting atop the Pacific Division, offseason coaching changes are an important storyline in the NHLs early going.

But this is an old story, not a fresh approach

Last year, new coach Rod BrindAmour took the Carolina Hurricanes to their first playoff appearance in a decade andmade it to the Eastern Conference Final before bowing out. Coach Craig Berube, an in-season coaching arrival, guided theSt. Louis Blues to the first Stanley Cup infranchise history.

When you bring in a new coach, I truly believe you get the best from all guys, Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. As a player, you get a chance to showcase what you are all about.

Historically, coaching changes often give NHL teams an initial boost, whether it is at the start of a season or in-season. In 2015-16, the Penguins fired Mike Johnston after 28 games and Mike Sullivan took them to a championship. That was six years after coach Dan Bylsma took over in-season for the Penguins and won the 2009 Stanley Cup.

Veteran coach Darryl Sutter took over the Los Angeles Kings in 2011-12 and won a Stanley Cup. Before his arrival, the Kings last won a playoff series in 2001.

I see in other sports (a coaching move)is not as big of a change, Waddell said. But I see in our sport, because we do roll 18 players on nightly basis, where a guyfeels its a fresh start and an opportunity to prove he deserves more ice time.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel talks with head coach Ralph Krueger during the first period of a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.(Photo: Gene J. Puskar, AP)

The ice time reshufflehas long been thought to be a primary reason for the team improvement.In life, everyone always tries harder to impress the new boss.

Plus, new coaches often concentrate on improving the teams defensive play because thats the area where they can have instantimpact. You can teach a player to be moredefensivebut you cant transform a 20-goal scorer into a 40-goal scorer. Defensive improvement alwaysimpact the standings.

Teams that made off-season coaching switches:

Sabres (Krueger): No one in Buffalo istoo excited about the teams strong start because everyone remembers last seasons collapse after winning 10 in a row.

But Kruegers professorial style fits well withthis team, whichrelies heavily on young stars Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin andSam Reinhart.

Canadian Krueger, the son of German immigrants, previously coached the Edmonton Oilers. But he was recently chairman of the Southampton soccer club and a well-respected motivational speaker. He once wrote a book, in German, called "Team Life: Beyond Setbacks to Success."

At heart, hes a kid from Manitoba who loves coaching hockey, said Sabres general manager Jason Botterill. He enjoyed his experience at Southampton, but he is fired up and excited to be back behind the bench. Our players are feeding off that. They understand the passion hes bringing.

Krueger, well-accomplished in international hockey, has always had the ability to instantly connect with players he coached. Botterill said he senses that Krueger always knows what to say in every situation.

When you sit down with Ralph, his entire focus is on you, Botterill said. You feel hes gone through a lot of experiences and hes pulled down a lot of knowledge from those experiences.

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Oilers (Tippett): With GM Ken Holland also in place, the Oilers seem to have a fresh,upbeat attitude. Tippett will make this team better defensively. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl cando the rest.

Anaheim Ducks (Dallas Eakins): Its not just goalie John Gibson getting it done, although he has been a big part of their strong start. Eakins has the team playing more up-tempo than they have in the past. Players seem to be buying what hes selling.

Philadelphia Flyers (Alain Vigneault): Vigneault has a long history of success at the NHL level, but will be judged by his ability to transform the Flyers into a consistent playoff team. Too early to determinewhat his impact will be.

Florida Panthers (Joel Quenneville): Quenneville'simpact is expected to be significant. However, the Panthers have been sluggish out of the gate.Players may need time to adjust to Quenneville, who won three Stanley Cups in Chicago. Sergei Bobrovskys .870 save percentage hasnt helped.

Ottawa Senators (D.J. Smith):The Senators are expected to be the NHLs worst team and theres notmuch Smith can do about that. But they seem improved.

Los Angeles Kings (Todd McLellan): McLellan is a respected coach, but the Kings management may be looking to the future, not this season.They may be looking forward to another top-five draft pick.

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Monroe coach Mike Turo is still changing lives with baseball after 42 years – New York Post

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Mike Turo could have been in the Yankees dugout this week. Or maybe coaching down one of the baselines during the American League Championship Series. Somewhere in the big leagues.

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out in his chair in his office at James Monroe High School and allows his mind to wander for just a second. He had turned down opportunities in the past to coach baseball in college or the minor leagues.

I was born and brought up here and I had a lot of friends here, and they chose different directions, Turo said. They went their way after a while and I followed my dream.

All around his office in The Bronx are tokens of that journey.

City and division championship trophies and honors that the PSALs all-time winningest coach has earned in his 42 years at the helm. Scorebooks are stored in the cabinets going back to 1978, the first year the 64-year-old coached at Monroe.

On the walls are photos of past and current players. All of that winning pales in comparison to what truly defines Turos legacy. What matters most is giving his players a chance in life in the borough he grew up in.

I feel to me its a greater honor helping the kids here who really need you, said Turo, who grew up in Pelham Parkway. And then over the years, all the kids come back here and say you helped save my life and I know now how many kids Ive touched.

Turo has been a teacher, coach and athletic director at Monroe. His players come from different types of home environments. Many arrive as first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela or other Spanish-speaking countries. Turos philosophy is to treat each kid uniquely and work around any potential issues to make them as strong a student-athlete as possible.

Hes a baseball guy, one. Two, hes a fatherly figure, said Jose Bautista, one of Turos former players and current Monroe assistant coach. Some of them are not used to being around [a] father, but he just gives off that vibe that encouragement that you can do it.

Its part of fulfilling his dream to be a teacher on and off the field. Growing up, baseball was always in his blood as he played at Mount St. Michael High School before going to Fordham University and finishing at Lehman College.

A week removed from earning that college degree in December 1977, he interviewed to be the varsity baseball coach and a physical education teacher at Monroe. Outgoing baseball coach Joe Consagra was a business partner at a day camp with Turos father. He gave Turo a high recommendation to the administration, and he was on his way. He has earned 1,369 wins, lost only 227 times and claimed six PSAL city championships. There have been numerous Bronx division titles along the way, and for his efforts, the school named the field after him last year.

His rules about conduct on the field havent changed since the first day.

My philosophy is to always hustle, Turo said. If you dont hustle, you are not playing for me. I want people to understand and say thats a good kid.

These kids are well-disciplined, and its going to give them an edge when it is time to graduate.

Turo retired as a teacher three years ago and says he will continue to coach as long as the passion is there and he feels in good shape. He says he hasnt put too much pressure on himself to stick around to break the all-time city baseball wins record held by legendary Archbishop Molloy coach Jack Curran, who compiled 1,708 wins before his death in 2013. Turo considered Curran a mentor and a good friend.

It all can be taxing at times for Turo, who drives two hours each way from Suffolk County. He credits his success to his wife for 30 years, Teresalyn, and his two children, Michael Jr. and Danielle.

And that success, that development of players for 42 years, is all part of living his dream.

I always loved The Bronx, he said.

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Siobhan Hotaling Is Alive and Well and Teaching Nxivm Tech – Frank Report

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There are some who have gone underground or changed their names.

But at least one Nxivm follower of Keith Alan Raniere is proud enough of her mentor to boldly proclaim she is available for life coaching and her technique is Ranieres own Rational Inquiry.

Bravo, Siobhan Hotaling.

Readers may recall Siobhan one of Allison Macks slaves an openly gay follower of Nxivm and lover of the concepts of DOS who was a coach, therapist and salesperson for Nxivm. She also was a lead singer in Ranieres a Capella singing group Simply Human.

Raniere told her that one day she would eclipse Beyonce in fame and musical accolades.

While many scattered after the Vanguards arrest and went underground while others left the noble Vanguard even some of his longtime followers Hotaling is true blue and is even searching for new recruits by advertising on her website that she is available for life coaching and consulting.

Here is what she writes about herself she was:

She also writes about her important role in Nxivm saying that she was:

Member of the team that ran the New York City branch of the company; oversaw and mentored several groups of apprentice coaches, running multiple committees, teaching and overseeing ongoing classes

Worked with clients from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe on a weekly basis to move them on their personal and professional goals; one of the top practitioners in Rational Inquiry, a process to help people resolve inconsistencies in their thought and belief process.

My primary fields of expertise are the following:

Shes a gal that has it all.

But her specialty is teaching the tech that Raniere invented.

She writes she was in the past a:

Executive Success ProgramsFeb 2006 June 2011

Taught intensive trainings across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Responsible for managing staff of up to 15 team members, created feasibility reports and budgets, coordinated all necessary components to run trainings, presented to and led groups of up to 40 students.

But happily, she is still teaching Ratinal Inquiry even though Nxivm and Executive Success Programs have suspended their classes.

Hotaling is one of the true diehards of Nxivm a long-time recruiter, teacher and she helped get women into slavery under Keith Alan Raniere for their empowerment, she said.

She has also been alleged to have been one of Nxivms money mules who helped bring cash across the border as part of the Nxivm enterprise to help fund the worldwide mission outside the oppressive hand of government.

In addition to her coaching entire groups, Hotaling was one of the leading Exploration of Meaning therapists in all of Nxivm from which she derived a significant part of her income. She charged upwards of $100 per hour to sit one-on-one while her clients explored their deep past and Hotaling made notes to consult with Raniere over.

Often is the time, Hotaling told Raniere some interesting detail of some young and attractive slender Nxivm woman solely for Raniere to have some insights on how he could mentor her better.

Filled with vivacity and verve, here is what one friend said about her Never have I heard anyone describe you as less than amazing. You were always fun, insightful and confident. You did your thing and your thing is amazing. You were born amazing, you are still amazing. You dont need anyones guidance. Follow your moral compass!

You can hear her music here:

Siobhan also helped Dr. Danielle Roberts, the famed branding doctor of DOS, run a yoga-type Raniere group [meant to lure in women who liked yoga] named Exo/eso.Siobhan helped ensure that any woman who took the course who seemed suitably slender and pliable was introduced to Raniere for higher teachings.

She recruited yoga teachers.

And here is where Clare Bronfman helped out before a woman first took the exo/eso course which has elements of Hatha yoga [postures and breathing exercises- that are thousands of years old and have been available in written form since the Hatha Yoga Pradpika ca 1650], they had to sign confidentiality agreements.

When women came to misunderstand that exo/eso classes were just overpriced yoga classes [the course costs thousands yoga classes, if there is a charge at all are in the $20 range] and failed to appreciate the Raniere special teachings including that Raniere should be the ultimate guru -and they quit the women were often confronted with a serious problem.

Clare and Siobhan told them that they cant teach yoga anymore because they stole it from exo/eso and they signed confidentiality agreements that forbid it.

Clare actually stopped one young lady from Canada who I interviewed a yoga teacher form earning a living by threatening that her that the [ancient] yoga practices she was going to teach were derived from Keith Ranieres tech as taught to her in exo/eso.

When she tried to argue that she had been teaching yoga for years before she took exo/eso and that she was only teaching the same thing she taught before, Clare told her that litigation is meant for those who try to steal Ranieres tech.

She backed down and called me. Despite my assurances that Raniere did not invent the shoulder stand, she was too frightened to pursue it and chose not to teach.

In this way, Hotaling helped Raniere get a foothold in the world of yoga.

Ah, but such is the world of life coaching and enlightenment as taught by Raniere and his followers Raniere is in prison and exo/eso is basically stalled and, funny enough, yoga whether inspired by Raniere or by its ancient roots continues to be taught in nearly every city in America.

She sang at Raniere-events such as Vanguard Week before the event was canceled due to Ranieres imprisonment.

Here is a description, I wrote, pre-Vanguard arrest, of one of her singing events at Vanguard Week:

Miss Hotaling, scheduled to play on stage at Vanguard Week. Everybody is waiting. Raniere is an hour late. He comes out of his cottage, with some woman. The smell of mentoring that woman is on his face and a hastily eaten hamburger on his breath. He is surrounded by more women who study his technology pressing near him as he strolls into the auditorium.

He is satiated and rests in his seat. His followers who waited for him to come in, also come in and sit down.

The concert starts an hour late. Miss Hotaling goes on stage and picks up her guitar. She is an old lady. She sings. Mr. Raniere is not listening. He is surrounded by adoring women waiting for a look or a gesture from him so they can squeal with inner delight.

Miss Hotaling finishes a song and it takes the audience a few seconds to realize its over. They were not listening. The silence awakes them. Then they dutifully applaud.

She starts her next song. Everyone is bored except Miss Hotaling. She is in love with the sound of her own voice.

If Keith Raniere is not laughing inside at the fools that he despises, he may have a kindly lesson: Dont be Miss Hotaling

In between posting songs on the internet that nobody will listen to, Hotaling is out selling this hot new yoga technology created by Keith Raniere.

A joke is told in Raniere village: Keiths new yoga technology is hot. Not like Hot Yoga. Hotter. So hot, it should be branded.

No story about Hotaling could be complete without telling the story of her ethical breach.

Evidently, she and her gal pal wanted to have a child and Raniere offered his sperm inserted personally by his wondrous member.

Hotaling did not immediately opt for the golden ones seed at least the way it was offered, according to the oft-told story and confirmed at the trial of Ranier.

Without telling anyone the reason why, Raniere declared she had an ethical breach. Hotaling was not allowed to tell the reason she had committed her breach.

It is also reported that he was not really planning on getting her pregnant he simply wanted to fuck a gay woman.

If you are thinking of a life coach that could help you become a lifelong slave this is the woman for you.

You may contact her through her website

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Contacting the dead with the CT Medium

To Kate Howe, the proclaimed CT Medium, anyone can be a medium.

Anyone who has intuition is a psychic, said Howe. You have to acknowledge your psychic abilities in order to become a medium because youre completely reliant on that intuition when youre sitting down with someone.

Howe knew she was called to be a medium ever since she was a kid, however, it was not until 2006 when Howe pursued her mission in helping those on Earth connect with their loved ones who have passed. Consequently, Howe had to channel her own guides and loved ones in order to steer her in the right direction of helping others with her gifts.

I connect with my own guides; my own loved ones who have passed, said Howe. My mother, who passed away when I was 21, was the one who came to me and told me that I had to help other people with their grief.

Stationed at her office in Unionville, Conn., Howe stated that she has read over 1,000 people within the past four years. There, she holds gallery readings for large groups as well as spiritual life coaching for those who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives.

Howe says that she is able to connect with peoples intuition, however, she is able to use this intuition to go deeper than just the validation of a connection with a loved one.

I have more of an ability to connect with peoples intuition, or their soulful voice, said Howe. Ill be able to sit with somebody during a session, and validate if one of their loved ones are around, but I always tend to go deeper than just validation about their loved ones.

When connecting with loved ones, Howe says that it is possible to connect with beings that arent necessarily human, including angels, and even pets.

I believe its just a beautiful expression of unconditional love thats human that they can tap into, said Howe. Its almost easier to connect with some pets because there is no ego getting in the way of their connection.

Despite the tranquility often associated with connecting with a loved one who has passed, Howe admits there are often times where negative energy is involved, especially when there was a troubled relationship between the two connecting parties.

There was this one time that I was reading this woman, and my whole body was filled with chills. I started to feel almost afraid, said Howe. I said who is this terrible male energy that is trying to connect with you?, and she said oh, I dont want to connect with him.

That terrible, negative male energy happened to be the womans father who had previously abused her. Though, despite encounters such as these, Howe describes that this negative energy does not occur naturally. Negative energy, she says, stems from fear and is a result of how we project our energy through that fear.

In order to block out negative energy, Howe says she builds a barrier around her energy so that negative energy does not permeate through during her readings.

When describing where energy comes from, Howe said that energy is all around us and stems from everything, including inanimate objects.

Energy is just something innate in our world. Everything around us emits energy; that includes humans, objects, chairs, and cars, said Howe.

Energy also serves as an intersection between the art of being a medium, and the realm of spirituality and religion. Howe, who grew up Episcopalian, believes that spirituality is central to being a medium, however, the basis of spirituality in the field is complex.

I believe the basis of spirituality goes a little bit further than religion. I think with religion, we are reminded of certain aspects [of spirituality.], said Howe. If youre a religious person, you are familiar with prayer, or meditation, and that connects with the spiritual world [but] my belief is that all of those beings are in the same circle of spirit.

Considering a career as a medium?

Howe said the first step is to trust in your intuition, which is the way to connect with others, however, that validation has to be internal.

If you feel called to the profession, and hone your confidence, perhaps you too can connect people on Earth with those who have passed.

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Which nursing homes are the best in Pennsylvania? Newsweek teamed up with data research firm Statista Inc. to find out.

They analyzed more than 15,000 nursing homes in 20 states (selected based on population) and came up with a list of 406 that they recognize as being among the best, including 39 in Pennsylvania.

The analysis looked at single branches of nursing homes, not groups or chains. The nursing homes had to have at least 150 certified beds to be considered. They relied upon a "reputation survey" of medical experts, and data on the nursing homes' performance from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More information about the methodology is available here.

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These are the 10 nursing homes Newsweek says are the best in Pennsylvania, including several in central Pennsylvania:

No. 10 - Rehab at Shannondell, (Audubon, Montgomery County)

Rehab at Shannondell specializes in orthopaedic rehab, cardiac rehab and skilled nursing care, for adults of all ages.

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No. 9 - Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, (Elizabethtown, Lancaster County)

Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, a continuing care retirement community, is one of three Lancaster County nursing homes on the list.

No. 8 - Attleboro Nursing & Rehab Center, (Langhorne, Bucks County)

Attleboro is a continuing care retirement community, offering independent living, personal care and skilled nursing.

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No. 7 - Abramson Senior Care Residence, (North Wales, Montgomery County)

Abramson Center, with roots that go back to 1866, is a continuing care retirement community serving the Philadelphia area.

No. 6 - Southeastern Veterans' Center, (Spring City, Chester County)

This facility was dedicated in December 1986.

No. 5 - Glen Hazel Center, (Pittsburgh, Allegheny County)

Messiah Village's new Village Square and Hopewell grand opening. The $80 million Project Envision expansion includes Village Square with 84 apartment homes, two restaurants, wellness and enrichment centers, and a saltwater pool. January 23, 2018. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive

No. 4 - Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, (Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County)

Out of Cumberland Countys 17 nursing homes, Messiah Lifeways is the only one to make the list. Founded in 1896, the non-profit organization offers resident communities, nursing care, life coaching, enrichment opportunities and community support services. It is a continuing care retirement community.

No. 3 - The Lutheran Home at Topton, (Topton, Berks County)

The Lutheran Home at Topton is a continuing care retirement community. It offers independent living, personal care, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and traditional skilled nursing.

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No. 2 - Mennonite Home, (Lancaster, Lancaster County)

The Mennonite Home was founded in 1903. It is a continuing care retirement community, offering personal care, rehab care, secure memory care and nursing care.Lancaster County is well represented on the top-10 list. Three out of the 10 call Lancaster County home.

No. 1 - The Glen at Willow Valley, (Lancaster, Lancaster County)

The Glen offers a range of support services from short-term rehab due to surgery or illness, to more specialized memory support for Alzheimers and other cognitive disorders. It is a continuing care retirement community.

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Eight of the top 10 are continuing care retirement communities. Newsweek identifies a continuing care retirement community as "part independent living, part assisted living and part skilled nursing home, CCRCs offer a tiered approach to the aging process, accommodating residents' changing needs. Upon entering, healthy adults can reside independently in single-family homes, apartments or condominiums. When assistance with everyday activities becomes necessary, they can move into assisted living or nursing care facilities."

All of the top 10 nursing homes offer resident council, identified by Newsweek as "an independent, organized group of persons living in a nursing facility who meet on a regular basis to discuss concerns, develop suggestions, and plan activities."

Five of the top 10 offer family council. According to Newsweek, "A family council operates by and for families of persons who live in nursing homes and boarding care homes. Family Council participants advocate for the well-being of their relatives by partnering with them in promoting and enhancing quality of daily life."

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For a look at other Pennsylvania nursing homes that made the list, and their rank, you can access the full report here.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in its September 2019 report, highlights nursing home inspection and sanction information.The department also maintains a searchable database that provides patient care and building safety surveys as well as other information about the nearly 700 nursing home in the state.

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EAGAN Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter embraced in celebration on the ground after making a tackle against the Oakland Raiders. The FOX television cameras caught them smiling, looking like kids on the playground.

Kendricks likes to add a little extra to his celebrations. Last week against the Eagles, the entire defense posed for photos after an interception. Kendricks did a handstand.

Hes playing with the energy and enthusiasm of someone who has just fallen in love with football and it is showing up in the results. Pro Football Focus currently ranks him as the second best linebacker in the game. Hes No. 1 versus the run and leads the NFL in passes defended.

Hes really developed nicely from his first practice where he was wide-eyed and trying to run around and make every play, linebackers coach Adam Zimmer said. He knows the defense. He anticipates plays before they come. He has incredible instincts that aid in all thathes a student of the gameeach game and each year hes gotten a lot better.

The former UCLA standout, who was largely considered too small to be a first-round pick, is reaching the top of the mountain. He signed a five-year, $50 million in April 2018 and now hes the point hes gone from a young player who tried too hard to make plays at times to consistently one of the top linebackers in the game. On a conference call Monday, he acknowledged he would love to make his first Pro Bowl.

I always feel like Im a just a little underrated, Kendricks said. It is how its going to be. Im trying to be the best person I can be and trying to accomplish things that Ive never accomplished before. So that being one of them, I would definitely say [making the Pro Bowl] on the list of things to do but it doesnt take over my motivation or anything like that.

At 27, Kendricks has reached that age where people start to see the entire picture.

His position coach says that he has a full understanding of offenses, defenses, route combinations, ways to communicate with teammates and when he should be aggressive.

I think he has a really good grasp of the coverage scheme, Zimmer said. This has been the most consistent hes been in coverage for us as far as playing disciplined in your zone, not trying to do too much and knowing where everyone else is and that often comes with experience. Hes seen pretty much everything from an offensive standpoint. He can anticipate whats happening even better. Hes not seeing ghosts or trying to jump somethinghes been the most consistent that hes been throughout his career.

Aside from the hardcore football knowledge required of middle linebackers, he can also see how certain things impacted him in life. Things like his fathers crack cocaine addiction and being raised by a hard-working mother. He can see the difference football made in his life.

Ive always thought about coaching, Kendricks said. I dont know if its going to be high school or Pop Warner but I feel like at some point in my life I have to give back some of my knowledge to the youth. I always pictured myself coaching young kids.

This game, I love it, not only do I love it but it got me out of situations when I was a kid and allowed me to escape, he added. I feel like thats my reason that I want to give backhelp kids who are in certain situations.

His desire to someday teach doesnt surprise anyone in the Vikings facility.

Ive seen him when hes come to camps that my dad has done and hes great interacting with kids, Zimmer said. He has a really good knowledge of the game. I asked him and he said hed probably coach high school or something like that because he gets to be around kids and develop people who are like him. His personality is outgoing and I think hed do a good job.

Kendricks linebacking partner Anthony Barr, who has been playing by his side since the two were together at UCLA, agreed with his position coach.

I think it would be perfect, Barr said. Hes got a lot of energy and hes going to bring a lot of intensity but hes also patient, intelligent person who can communicate and simplify things for kids.

Barr also didnt have things easy in his youth. He was raised by a single mother and has since started a foundation to assist single-parent households. He fully understands the call to pay it forward.

We were once in a position where we didnt have everything that we do now and we see somebody in need and not as fortunate as we are its kind of our duty and our job to help as many people as we can to help them accomplish goals and give opportunities to at least have a chance and do our part, Barr said.

Kendricks coaching future is already in the works with several young understudies in the linebackers room. Eric Wilson and Ben Gedeon both joined the team as rookies in 2017 and have played roles in the defense, Wilson as a fill-in for Barr or Kendricks and Gedeon as a run-stuffing specialist. Both players have grown in part because of the tutelage of the starter.

He understands the whole defense and where he fits in that, Wilson said. He understands when he can be aggressive and when not to be. When I played that position he helped me out and told me some things that I need to know that are different from playing outside. Middle linebacker, you are in the middle of the field and you cant go somewhere too fast, you have to understand defenses and offense and how you relate and he does a great job of that.

With Eric, I think hes learned a bunch about route concepts and how our schemes match up to some of the offenses that were playing, Gedeon said. Its helped me and Eric Wilson. They are coaches on the field and are always trying to help us out a lot.

Zimmer has seen the impact that a player who takes a coachs mindset can have on others.

You need to be outspoken, you need to be confident in yourself, he definitely has both of those things, Zimmer said. He will blurt stuff out all the time, sometimes random questions and thats good because there might be other guys in the room that are wondering the same thing or had the same question. That helps out the whole team.

No matter what the craft, theres a funny effect from teaching others: It sharpens your understanding as well. Kendricks credits teaching with helping his in own elevation.

It does [make you better], he said. If you are going to be telling someone to do something a certain way or suggesting something, you better be damn sure you are practicing what you preach.

Theres also the pride that coaches feel when they see their understudies succeed. Kendricks is looking forward to that when he someday works with up-and-coming players. Of course, there are many coaches who already know that feeling because of who Kendricks has become.

To see someone like Eric come from his background and see him become the guy in the community he is, the guy in the locker room he is, the person he is really speaks volumes about him, Zimmer said.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. New Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has no interest in relitigating the Denver Broncos decision to fire him after only two seasons. Joseph has moved on.

Then again, he gets the interest in the topic.

With the dearth of minority representation at the highest coaching ranks of the NFL (the league has only four head coaches of color), any change is significant in an African American league whose on-field workforce is nearly 70% black. And while commissioner Roger Goodell continues to acknowledge the NFL has a problem on this front and must do better, Josephs situation illustrates that the things are still trending the wrong way with no clear path toward improvement in sight.

Its just the culture of the NFL right now, Joseph said after practice at the Cardinals headquarters recently. Obviously, I wasnt happy about that [being fired after only 32 games on the job]. And its true that some situations [to succeed as a head coach] are better than others, but you have to win.

No matter what job you take, you have to win early now. Thats a very big part of it. Everyone goes into it with their eyes open about that. So when we look at the numbers [of minorities currently leading teams] and whatever may happen in the future, you have to understand thats just the way it is.

The pressure to win immediately, at least in part, also resulted in Steve Wilks being sacked in Arizona after a 3-13 season his first occupying a head coachs office (Wilks is now the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator). When the 2018 season began, the league had eight head coaches of color, matching 2011 and 2017 as the most it has had in any season.

Joseph, Wilks and Todd Bowles, formerly of the New York Jets, were among the head coaches fired at the end of last season (Bowles quickly resurfaced as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator). Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals, meanwhile, mutually agreed to part ways in December with a year remaining on his contract. And Browns head coach Hue Jackson was ousted during the 2018 regular season.

Currently, Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins, Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers, Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the leagues only head coaches of color. The NFL has 32 teams.

To some longtime observers of the leagues efforts to increase inclusive hiring among head coaches, the firings of Joseph and Wilks were particularly unsettling.

During Josephs two seasons leading the Broncos, they started four quarterbacks none of whom was, to put it kindly, a top-notch passer and went 11-21. In a league in which having an elite signal-caller is the key to success, its hard to win much if you dont have one.

Then theres Arizona.

The Cardinals ousted Wilks despite being in the midst of their latest rebuild, which continues this season under Wilks successor, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The fact that the Cardinals fired Wilks and hired Kingsbury, who had no previous NFL experience, was also a crushing blow for minority assistant coaches, several coaches said. In six seasons at Texas Tech, his alma mater, Kingsbury went 35-40, never won more than eight games in a season and never had a team ranked in the final polls.

Theres no sugarcoating it: The optics are bad.

Rod Graves, who was hired in April as the new executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which assists the league in its goal of improving diversity in management, understands that winning is the bottom line. However, he said, owners who say theyre committed to diversity must prove it through their actions.

Its important for owners to they have to embrace it, said Graves, formerly the NFLs senior vice president of football administration and club services and Arizonas general manager from 2003 to 2012.

Owners have to take the question of diversity seriously. The consensus has to be that owners will make this [improved inclusive hiring] part of their business plan and that they will because its good for the game, its good for business [and] its good for our fans.

The Rooney Rule, in place since 2003 for head coaches and expanded in 2009 to include general manager jobs and equivalent front-office positions, states that an NFL team must interview at least one candidate of color for those jobs. Theres no doubt that the rule named after Dan Rooney, the late Pittsburgh Steelers chairman and onetime head of the leagues diversity committee has had a positive overall impact on the NFLs culture, but it recently became clear that the rule needed to be modified.

Last December, the league required that teams interview a minority candidate from outside their organizations or candidates from a league-approved list. The potential for sham interviews has always been the rules underlying flaw. Teams could comply with the letter of the rule by merely interviewing a coach of color regardless of whether the candidate had the credentials to be considered, in earnest, for a head-coaching position. With more uniformity to the process because of the rule change, the expectation is that teams will interview in-house candidates who have the credentials to warrant serious consideration.

Graves also hopes that experienced minority coaches such as Joseph and Wilks will get more than one bite at the apple.

For coaches of color and front-office executives of color, we have not seen repeat opportunities as often as we would like, Graves said. Its a major issue.

Joseph was a rising rock star when Denver general manager John Elway tapped the then-Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator to lead the Broncos. Likewise, Kingsbury identified Joseph as the right person to be his top lieutenant.

I knew I wanted a guy I could lean on [and say], Youre taking this defense, handle it, do your thing, said Kingsbury, who received rave reviews from other coaches about Josephs leadership skills. And hes been awesome for me, just to bounce ideas off of.

Ive got so many questions that a first-year head coach would have. And to have a guy who was just in that seat [and to be able to ask him], what would he have done differently, What did you do that you liked? All those questions have been phenomenal for me.

Joseph, too, has embraced his role.

Its flattering he trusts me with his defense. Obviously, though, hes the head coach and I run everything by him, Joseph said. But he gives me the authority to coach the defense, and thats on and off the field. That works for us. So far, its a perfect marriage.

Although the Cardinals (2-3-1) are in last place in the NFC West, rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, has been a bright spot for a franchise that last qualified for the postseason in 2015 and has made the playoffs just six times since the 1976 season. Opponents are averaging 28.5 points against the rebuilding Cardinals, the fourth-highest total in the league, but Josephs overall impact on the team is evident in ways not measured by stats alone.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals (left) hugs then-head coach Vance Joseph (right) in 2018.

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Coach Joseph you just respect him as a man, 11-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. You always admire him for what hes done on the football field, and from the times youve talked to him.

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But getting to know him over the last few months, you just have that much more respect for him. Thats because you get to hear about his stories, where he started, the places hes been and the guys that hes coached. Hes the type of guy who his players are going to play really hard for him.

Although Joseph is squarely focused on helping to turn around the Cardinals, hed welcome another opportunity to prove hes capable of running an entire operation successfully. Call it unfinished business.

I really appreciate John [Elway] and the Bowlen family [the Broncos owners] for giving me a chance to be their head coach for two years. I have no bitterness at all, Joseph said. Hopefully, if I hang in there and do the right things, Ill get my chance again. Having a chance to do it the first time, your second time is only going to be better.

Jason Reid is the senior NFL writer at The Undefeated. He enjoys watching sports, especially any games involving his son and daughter.

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It says a lot about how bad Tennessee has been this year that simply losing to the Volunteers prompts emotional, soul-searching press conferences from the opposing coach.

Thats what Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead delivered Monday after his Bulldogs lost to Tennessee, 20-10, in a game that infuriated the MSU faithful. In a more than six-minute opening statement, a defeated-looking Moorhead admitted that coaching in the Southeastern Conference hasnt been a breeze.

Coaching in the SEC for about a year-and-a-half now in a lot of ways has been a humbling experience, Moorhead said. I dont think you get to this point where I am without a certain level of success, and of confidence, but this game and the SEC, it has a way of keeping you honest.

Nineteen games.

Thats all it took for Moorhead to sound like a man in over his head and a fanbase to want to turn to the page to someone new. Its not like Moorhead had never coached big-time football before arriving at Mississippi State, either. He was a very successful offensive coordinator under James Franklin at Penn State, rejuvenating a program to back-to-back 11 win seasons in the competitive Big Ten. He was a hot name after that 2017 season and could have been a player in multiple job openings before taking the Mississippi State job.

But theres something different about coaching in the SEC especially the SEC West. Every coach in the SEC West makes at least $3 million with three of the seven making upwards of $6.5 million. Those kinds of salaries come with big expectations regardless of whether they are realistic or not. In order to move up in the pecking order someone has to move down which isnt easy in a division that includes Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M.

Moorhead walked into a particularly difficult situation in Starkville having to replace a coach who raised the bar on fan expectations. Mullen guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever No. 1 ranking in 2014, eight bowl games in nine seasons and a reputation for always being ready to compete even against good opponents. Mullen wasnt perfect at MSU and could never completely get the Bulldogs over the hump but he let fans dream bigger. They could let their imaginations wander about all the great things they could achieve with the right coach and right players.

Its why Saturdays loss to a downtrodden Tennessee program feels like such a nightmare in Starkville. Fans thought they were past embarrassing losses like that and rightfully feel the program is trending in the wrong direction under Moorhead. There are now real concerns about MSU missing a bowl game for the first time since 2009, with the Bulldogs needing at least one win against LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama or in-state rival Ole Miss.

Nothing means more to me than to bring a consistently successful championship-level program at Mississippi State, Moorhead said. Every waking moment of my life not spent with my family, is utilized in an effort to make it happen.

It makes losing games so difficult because of the investment. Its not just a loss, it crushes your soul and you never get over it, but you learn to live with it.

Moorhead might one day decide he doesnt want to live with the pressure and expectations that come with coaching in the SEC West. He knows not everywhere around the country will an 11-8 record through 19 games prompt fan pushback and calls for a coaching change. Moorhead is a well-liked coach who is down-to-Earth and remarkably normal in an industry full of ego and paranoia. Hed get another job, whether as a head coach or coordinator, even if Mississippi State kept trending downward.

Football Scoop had a long piece earlier this month detailing why it could make sense for Moorhead to leave MSU to go to Rutgers. Moorhead, a born and bred Pennsylvanian, had never coached below the Mason-Dixon line before heading to Mississippi State and could presumably, the theory goes, want to return to his Northeast roots. Rutgers has interest in the former Penn State coordinator replacing Chris Ash, according to, and Moorhead danced around the possibility when asked about it.

It would be a massive step down for Moorhead even if it meant going to a Big 10 program. There isnt a worse Power 5 job in the country than Rutgers which doesnt get 1/100th of the in-state attention and support that Mississippi State does. Greg Schiano was mostly beloved at Rutgers and he was all of one game above .500 during his 11 seasons there. Its only gotten harder to win since then with Rutgers now in the dreaded Big Ten East division with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State.

But itd represent possibly a good change in the quality of life. Moorhead told a story Monday about his 18-year old daughter Kyra coming up to him after the game crying and saying MSU fans at Neyland Stadium told her how much her dad sucked.

At Rutgers, losing to Tennessee by 10 would prompt tears of joy not sorrow.

John Talty is an SEC Insider for Alabama Media Group. You can follow him on Twitter @JTalty.

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LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) October 14, 2019

Renowned Life and Corporate Mentor, Kimberly Lou, is releasing her fourth book, "Becoming Who You're Meant to Be: Eliminate Destructive Patterns and Unlock the Ultimate You," an integrative self-help guide offering readers the tools to tap into their own ability to take control of their personal story and achieve the next level of success in their personal and professional careers.

In Becoming Who You're Meant to Be, Lou is addressing the three core elements required to achieve an optimized life: mental focus, emotional fitness and physical training.

"What gives some people the ability to take their lives to heightened levels of success, while others can barely make it through the day? How can we become the person we know deep down we were meant to be without burning out or breaking down? Many of you are already successful, but it seems like its impossible to reach your greatest potential because you feel you are already operating at your maximum capacity." Says Kimberly Lou.

"What if I were to tell you that there is a source so great and so powerful within you that all you need to do is tap into it? I am here to tell you there is a whole other level of success you never even knew existed. Imagine a great source that is enormously rewarding, yet all it takes to access this source is a change of your old ideas."

In Becoming Who You're Meant to Be, Lou teaches readers how to build a solid foundation for a new life using personal freedom as their foundation.

Kimberlys programs are geared towards men and women looking for more than just standard life-coaching, in order to excel at the maximum level of their ability without burning out. She expands the concept of fitness to address personal accountability, mindset, nutrition and physical exercise a fully cohesive approach to sustainable health and success.

Lou is not only giving readers the tools for success, she's showing them how to put those tools into practice in order to motivate them to write their own story and dictate the future of their personal and professional successes.

Becoming Who You're Meant to Be is now available on Amazon (Paperback or Hard Cover), Kindle and Audible.

KIMBERLY LOU is an integrative Life and Corporate Mentor who coaches top CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and world-class athletes around the world. She helps clients accelerate and thrive through mental focus, emotional fitness and physical training. In addition to Kimberlys mentoring programs, she is an accomplished author, and a nationally recognized spokesperson for mental health and wellness. With over two decades of experience and extensive education, Advanced Fitness and Certified Wellness Specialist, Kimberly Lou creates attainable solutions using techniques that work at all fitness and wellness levels. Kimberly Lou has helped doctors create programs addressing mental illness, cognitive disabilities, and major addictions, in addition to, facilitating workshops and support groups for clients struggling with cognitive, mental, emotional, drug, and eating disorders.

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