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How Technology Is Transforming Executive Coaching – Harvard Business Review

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Executive Summary

Coaches have always sought to help their clients improve. Moving forward, strategically applying technology alongside their own judgement, warmth, and integrity will be an increasingly important way for them to do so. The authors describe four key areas where technology can transform the act and the impact of coaching: 1) Technology can help monitor progress towards goals against a clear baseline. 2) It can build a richer picture of what the client is saying (and not saying). 3) It can develop options based on scenarios, simulations, and extrapolations. 4) It can use nudges to encourage and reinforce target behaviors.

Years ago, executive coaching was stigmatized as remedial help for underperformers. More recently, its transformed into an elite, high-cost activity, often reserved for the highest-status executives. But in both cases whether helping the worst or the best performers executive coaching has been inherently small scale, due to its bespoke, one-on-one nature. Organizations have increasingly embraced the idea of internal leaders providing more coaching to their direct reports.

Now, technology is now making it possible for far greater numbers of employees to benefit from outside executive coaching at scale. At a basic level, platforms are making it easier to find and select a coach, to do long-distance coaching via video conferencing or potentially evenholoportation in the future and to manage the administration involved.

Additionally, some coaching tech has enabled coaching conversations without the involvement of a human at a much lower cost. Bots, such as Pocket Confidant and People Squared, allow people to ask questions, work on simulation challenges, and practice their skills in competitive games. Technology and AI permit this to happen anytime and anywhere. Some companies, such as Axa and IBM, are encouraging their adoption to provide large-scale access to coaching.

But perhaps the biggest impact of technology will come from how it enables individual executive coaches (or leaders who act as coaches) to better connect with and serve their clients. This will help to supplement their powers of recall, observation, interpretation, visualization, and encouragement. There are four key areas where technology can transform the act and the impact of coaching. In many cases, the tech solutions have emerged from applications in other contexts, such as sports coaching and customer research.

Of course there are perils to avoid. Too much technology could impede the efficacy and experience of coaching. Coachees could become overly dependent on the answers provided by a bot. Coaches and coachees may hold back, editing what they say for fear of how the app will use their information. The coach may feel overloaded with information, which could result in inertia or confusion.

But in many instances (think humans and chess), weve seen that the mix of human and machine insight is superior to either alone. It may even become harder to coach without technology as its application increases. Coachees will expect it over time, not least because AI and analytics are playing more prominent roles in their lives, from Netflix recommendations to AI-enhanced customer service. Indeed, there are some scenarios in which people prefer the judgement of algorithms to that of humans for example, when they are given advice in response to a question.

Coaches have always sought to help their clients improve. Moving forward, strategically applying technology alongside their own judgment, warmth, and integrity will be an increasingly important way for them to do so.

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BC seeks quick coaching search – The Recorder

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BOSTON Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond didnt want to wait before replacing football coach Steve Addazio, and he isnt any more patient when it comes to making the program competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A day after firing Addazio, Jarmond said he wouldnt delay the decision until after the Eagles bowl game because of the recruiting calendar and a coaching market that has already seen big names sign elsewhere. Jarmond said he would like to make a hire by the national early signing day on Dec. 18.

He says theres no reason why the new coach cant make the Eagles more nationally relevant immediately.

Were not taking a step back. This is all about moving forward, Jarmond said Monday, a day after firing Addazio at the end of a 6-6 regular season that was barely good enough to qualify for a bowl game. This is a launch pad now.

A former assistant at Notre Dame who was part of the staff of two national championship teams at Florida, Addazio spent seven seasons in Chestnut Hill but could never surpass seven wins. This year, the Eagles lost to Kansas a 21-point underdog by 24 points, and needed a win in Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale to reach bowl eligibility.

I look at momentum. I look at energy. I look at progress. Are we progressing? Jarmond said. If youre not progressing, then youre either stalling or youre moving back. And we want to move forward. ... I want a program thats constantly moving forward, pushing it, progressing.

Jarmond said the next coach will be someone that understands Boston College, including the Jesuit values of serving others. He also listed as qualities he is looking for: integrity, leadership and ability to teach the game but teach the skills that they need for life, before eventually mentioning someone that wins.

We want to win and we want to be competitive, Jarmond said. And we talk about competitive excellence and thats something that were going to look for.

Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell, who played at BC from 2006-09, when the Eagles reached the ACC title game in back-to-back years, will take over on an interim basis and will coach the Eagles in the bowl game. Gunnell will not interview for the long-term job, Jarmond said.

As a prideful, proud BC man, Im just going to continue to preach what were all about, Gunnell said Monday. Thats toughness and faith and all those good things, and high-character guys. ... Weve got great kids in that locker room. And just making sure that theyre all on the same page with what were trying to accomplish, and thats winning this bowl game.

A hockey school that has been slow to embrace its revenue sports, especially during an unprecedented era of success in Boston sports this millennium, BC went almost a decade without making The Associated Press Top 25 before earning a brief appearance last season. It has been 13 years since the Eagles finished in the postseason rankings the schools longest drought since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989.

Addazio took over a team that had gone 2-10 in Frank Spazianis final year and immediately won seven games. But the expected next step never came: the Eagles won exactly seven games in five of his first seasons. He was given an extension through 2022 last year to calm the fears of recruits, but that was more of a restructuring that wound up paving the way for his departure.

I felt really good about the progress that we were making last year, Jarmond said. We just felt like the trajectory that we were on, I didnt feel like we were making the progress competitively that we needed to. We want to be more competitive in conference and nationally, and I just felt with the total body of work that it was time to make a change.

Also over the weekend, several former BC players took to social media after Addazio was fired to complain that he had not treated them well since they left the school.

Running back Andre Williams, who ran for more than 2,000 yards for BC in 2013 and played parts of four seasons in the NFL, said on Twitter, Yo! Can I just tell yall how happy I am for BC football right now?! He went on to tell a story about Addazio snubbing him when he returned to campus to be honored.

Josh Keyes, a linebacker who was with five NFL teams over four seasons, said in a post titled The Full Story: Why I was banned by Steve Addazio that people from the BC coaching staff tried to get him cut by the Atlanta Falcons after noticing that he liked a Facebook post questioning the direction of the program. When he tried to attend a BC football game, he was told by a football staffer, Addazio does not want you here, he said.

Other players defended the coach, including offensive lineman Matt Patchan and running back Myles Willis.

It is easy to throw stones at someone when they are down, wrote Patchan, who played for Addazio at Florida and then followed him to BC. I dont think anyone has more Addazio stories than me lol. ... But if anyone wants to hear the truth feel free to talk to me. I was there. Passionate guy no doubt but unbiased and fair.

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Penn State notes: The importance of Pat Freiermuths return; players understand coaching is a business, more – PennLive

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The Penn State football team received mostly good news on Saturday.

A 10-win regular season is in the bag thanks to a 27-6 win over Rutgers, and head coach James Franklin revealed following the game that both quarterback Sean Clifford and back Noah Cain could have played if the program needed them. Instead, they were given time to heal up before the postseason.

One negative area, however, is that its unclear how long the Lions will be without two other injured starters, end Yetur Gross-Matos and corner Tariq Castro-Fields. Similarly, its unknown if corner John Reid, tackle Rasheed Walker, or guard Steven Gonzalez will be ready to play in December after each left the triumph over the Scarlet Knights due to injury.

All that aside, one other shot of positive information came courtesy of a social media post, as sophomore tight end Pat Freiermuth revealed following the win that he would return to college for the 2020 season. Thats a significant plus, as he is a vital member of the team who was eligible for next years NFL Draft since he played one season at a prep school and thus is three years removed from high school.

The brotherhood and family atmosphere in this program is something Im not ready to leave yet, Freiermuth wrote. The culture Coach Franklin and the staff have created here is something very special and I love being apart of it.

Freiermuth is an extraordinary piece of this PSU offense, too, as he is often a top target in the passing game each week and also has strong run-blocking abilities.

Youve seen what he does, back Journey Brown said. Its very positive and happy to have him back.

Added defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, who is Freiermuths roommate:

He means the world to this program and is a captain as a sophomore. Hes a special football player and a great guy. Hes coming back to ball out and build on what hes done here, and we need him for this team.

The return news is especially helpful considering receiver KJ Hamler is also draft eligible, though he has not revealed his stay or go decision just yet.

Watching the coaching carousel

Head coach James Franklin said hed be happy to stop talking about the fact that his name has been linked to opportunities elsewhere, and seemed to imply that a new contract extension could be coming during his postgame news conference.

Whatever Franklin decides -- and the odds point to him staying at this point -- two things are clear: The players love playing for him, but they also realize that coaching is a business.

He comes in every day positive, great work ethic, and I think hes the engine to this program, linebacker Micah Parsons said.

At the end of the day, its a business. Im the first one to say, I think someone should do the best thing for them. Interest is always going to be there for a good coach.

Mustipher later explained what Franklin means to the program.

He means a lot, Mustipher said. Hes a leader and what you want to be as a man. I look up to Coach Franklin personally. Hes a special guy, and why I came to Penn State. He prepares you for football at the next level and life.

Moving on

Next up on the docket is recruiting trips for the coaches and relaxation for the players as we all await the bowl destination.

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Wrestling: John Jay’s Weaver reflects fondly in final season as coach – Poughkeepsie Journal

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John Jay-East Fishkill High School wrestling coach Jamie Weaver poses with Tyler Albis.(Photo: Courtesy photo)

Jamie Weaver was working as an officer in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in 1997.

Its a dangerous job. Officers risk injury from belligerent inmates, transporting them and conducting body searches. Despite being a tall and brawny former wrestler at Spackenkill High School, Weaver was the victim of such circumstances. He was assaulted by an inmate who attacked him with a homemade razor blade.

The prisoner who charged at him was young 19 years old and he slashed Weavers face and chest, leaving him with gashes and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Weaver gained perspective from the harrowing experience.

Just the fact that a kid that young has no life ahead of him now," he said."It made me think,maybe I could possibly make a difference in one kids life."

Weaver found a way to make a difference in many kids lives, coaching the sport he loves. He got a job at John Jay-East Fishkill as an assistant wrestling coach in 2000, and took over the program as head coach for Tom Roger in2004.

Over the years, hes played a part in the growth of his wrestlers and guided them to impressive feats,including Section 1 titles, school records, and trips to Albany for the statetournament. Before his 20th year as a John Jay coach, though, Weaver decided this season would be his last.

With his daughters getting older and with plans to eventually move south, it was time, he said. But no matter where he goes, he isnt going to forget the impact coaching has made on him.

Its been a life-changing experience, said Weaver, who has accrued more than100 victories. What had happened to me just prior to moving into that position and stepping up to the varsity position. Over the years, Ive heard kids say, Youve done so much for me, but if they only know how much theyve all done for me.

"It brings tears to my eyes, thinking about it. Its amazing what Ive gotten from it.

John Jay-East Fishkill High School wrestling coach Jamie Weaver poses after collecting his 100th career win.(Photo: Courtesy photo)

Likewise, his wrestlers have learned a lot from him.

Hes one of those people, no matter what, hes always in your corner, said Jay Albis, a 2015 John Jay graduate whom Weaver coached to a second-place finish in the state championships as a senior. He goes beyond wrestling. Hes a mentor you can look up to off the mat.

Weaver said he isnt sure who is going to succeed him as coach, but he hopes the position goes to someone withinthe Patriotswrestling family.

I would love (for it to be) a former Jay wrestler," he said."Even though Im not a former Jay wrestler, I feel like an alumnus of John Jay because of the amount of time Ive been there. Id love to see a former wrestler come back and continue on something I have worked so hard at.

After wrestling at the varsity level for six years at Spackenkill, Weaver went on to wrestle at SUNY Morrisville. In his first year out of college, he went back to Spackenkill as an assistant coach for one season before joining the corrections department.

His schedule at the department didnt allow him to continue coaching at first. Following the slashing incident, he was placed on disability. It was during that time when a friend told him about the assistant coachopening at John Jay.

He jumped at the chance and got the job, easing the pressure from his post-traumatic stress disorder a mental health condition that is triggered by memories of a terrifying event in the process.

Jamie Weaver, John Jay wrestling coach(Photo: Courtesy photo)

I had mentioned that Id like to get back into it, Weaver said. And I knew that first day, it was just ...something about it really put me at ease and took a lot of the outside stress and anxiety that I suffered away. I got rid of it for those couple hours in the wrestling room each day.

When he took over as head coach, he felt even better.

In his first year, Kevin Bohren wona section championship. Bohren had approached him on the first day of practice, full of excitement and with dreams of Weaver leading him to glory.

(When) he jumped into my arms and it was such an incredible feeling, Weaver said of Bohren's championship match. We practiced all year and when he won the section title down in New Rochelle that year, he was coming off the mat, pointing at me like, Here I come!

Bohren certainly wasn'tthe only athlete who has leaped into Weavers arms after a big victory.

Four years ago, Albis said he did so, when he reached the 113-pound state final. Albis lost a close match a 3-2 decision in triple overtime to Huntingtons John Arceri. But, he had defeated Wantaghs Kyle Quinn in the semifinals, avenging three losses in their previous meetings.

John Jay wrestling coach Jamie Weaver looks on as Randy Earl and Jack Bokina of Mattituck face off for the 126 pound title at the 51st Annual Mid-Hudson Wrestling Invitational at Arlington High School December 28, 2016.(Photo: Michael Giacalone for The Poughkeepsie Journal)

Weaver called it thrilling and one of his fondest memories. Albis said hes honored to have that moment rank among Weavers finest.

For me to be a part of one of his favorite moments, nothing makes me happier, Albis said. It makes me excited that throughout his long career of coaching that its going to stick with him.

Albis went on to win twoNCAA Division III titles, wrestling for Johnson & Wales University. He said Weaver was the first person he received a congratulatory phone call from followingboth wins.

The John Jay-East Fishkill High School wrestling team poses with coach Jamie Weaver, pictured in the back left.(Photo: Courtesy photo)

Weaver rememberscoaching current Roy C. Ketcham coach Chris Perry during a section final in his junior year a bout in which Perry dislocated his shoulderbut still managed to win.

It was the most heart-wrenching moment in my coaching career but he was destined to win that match, Weaver said.

Weaver has also seen school records come and go.

In 2017, Randy Earl set the program mark for career wins with 218, passing Weaver's former pupil Dale White. Tyler Albis, Jay Albis younger brother, has a chance to break Earls record this season.

White was a part of another one of Weavers favorite memories.

White was overweight for his first trip to the state tournament, but shaved pounds and eventually reached the fifth-place match. Down by two points, he managed an escape. Then, with three seconds left, Weaver gave White some advice.

Do whatever it takes to take this guy down, Weaver explained to his wrestler.

White heeded his coachs words and went on to win the match.

The Times Union Center erupted, Weaver added. It was crazy.

Weaver will coach his final regular-season home match on Jan. 30 against East Ramapo.

I got a few (wrestlers) who have said, No coach, you cant retire. Come on, you got another year,'" Weaver said."Its very heartwarming to hear that. Its nice to know that I mean that much to them, because its not just a relationship in the wrestling room.

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Jim Herrmann said he had never dreamed of a professional football career, but through hard work and love of the game, he became a BYU football star and a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Herrmann was raised on a farm in Hartland, Wisconsin. He said he has been playing sports since he can remember.

He participated in basketball, track and baseball, but football became his favorite. He said his love of football eventually led to him to play for BYU football from 1980 to 1984.

Sports were important to Herrmanns family, especially his maternal grandfather, John Smith, who was two-year All-American at the University of Pennsylvania.

Inspired by his grandfather, Herrmann continued playing and enjoying football all throughout high school. He never thought much about playing football in college, but when the time came, BYU recruited him.

He signed with BYU as a tight end and defensive end. He redshirted in 1982 and went on to lose only four games during his college football career.

Herrmann was raised as a Catholic and said he had never met a Latter-day Saint. Before coming to BYU, he did not know anything about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and didnt know what to expect.

Its kind of hard (to understand) unless you go there, he said.

He said he enjoyed the religious environment and campus in general. Growing up, all his friends were drinkers and beer was prominent in his area. Herrmann, however, said he didnt drink.

For whatever reason, it just always felt like it was something I didnt want in my life, he said.

He was passionate about not drinking and was happy coming to BYU to be surrounded by other non-drinkers.

Describing BYU, Herrmann talked about the religion classes he had to take and how he wanted to do well in them. President Ezra Taft Bensons son, Reed Benson, was Herrmanns first religion teacher and Herrmann said he enjoyed taking classes from him.

Herrmann said the BYU atmosphere was super social during that time. He loved being with his football team because a lot of them were not members of the Church either and he felt comfortable with them. He said he was glad to have redshirted a year because it gave him another year at BYU.

I loved BYU; I was having the best time, he said.

Herrmann and his football team became very close, and football is where he became best friends with Steve Young and Lee Johnson.

The best friends were like-minded, athletically focused and fun, Herrmann said. They bonded because they were all from out of state and had similar interests.

We hit it off from day one and were inseparable for the next 30 years of my life, Herrmann said.

Herrmann graduated with a degree in finance from BYU and was drafted into the NFL to play for the Dallas Cowboys in 1985. He was waived by the team and signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals. After three years of playing professional football, he joined Young at the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Herrmann and Young have continued to be best friends and now work together at the private equity firm HGGC, formerly Huntsman Gay Global Capital.

I get to work with my best friend, Steve Young, Herrmann said. It couldnt be better.

Throughout his life, Herrmanns friends have spoken highly of him.

Jim is my best friend and I owe him a great deal. He is naturally empathetic and inquisitive, Young said.

Young and Herrmann have kept close relationships between their families.

He is a great man and a great husband and great father, Young said.

Leslie Herrmann, Jims wife, echoed Young.

He is motivated by being a good father and husband. He wants to lead by example and be honorable, respectful and kind, she said.

Leslie and Jim married in 1991. They joined the Church later in life when they decided to raise their family in Utah.

We knew it would be a wonderful way to raise our family a wonderful Christian influence with a strong family emphasis, Leslie said.

Jim, Leslie and their oldest son, Cole, were all baptized on the same day. Their other boys, Jake and Luke, were 7 and 4 years old at the time and were baptized later on.

Jim coached all his sons in little league football and coached Luke at Corner Canyon High School in Draper.

Herrmann said the three greatest life lessons that he learned from football are to work hard, have dreams and know that it can happen.

He reflected on his dreams and how he did not really know or think about being a college champion or being drafted into the NFL.

His wife, however, said he has also been motivated to run after his dreams.

Jim is motivated by accomplishing goals that he has set. He likes a challenge and doesnt give up easily, Leslie said.

Herrmann also loves coaching and helping players see the importance of being on a team and the sanctity of the huddle in football. He aims to help his players learn how to get along with others from diverse backgrounds. Herrmann used to coach at Corner Canyon in Draper but now coaches at Skyridge High School in Lehi.

As a coach, Herrmann teaches based on his personal experiences. He said its important to understand that hell is regret and that people shouldnt take the opportunities they have for granted.

Dont regret the opportunity you have, he said. Just dont regret it because its going to end and youre only going to have one opportunity take advantage.

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8 NFL Coaches Who Are On The Hot Seat – Forbes

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Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia talks to side judge Dave Meslow (118) against the Chicago ... [+] Bears during an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Images/Rick Osentoski)

December NFL football is upon us as we hit the final four weeks of the regular season.

This has been a season marred by several lackluster teams. There are early several teams officially eliminated from the playoff picture. In less than a month from now, several coaches will pay for their teams failure.

The leagues infamous Black Monday is just four weeks from now. Several head coaches and their staffs are feeling the heat in early December. Here is a look at several coaches who are in danger of the getting fired in the next month. Of course, there is already an opening in Washington as coach Jay Gruden was fired earlier this season. Bill Callahan is finishing the season as the interim head coach. The coaches on the hot seat are presented in alphabetical order:

Jason Garrett: No ones seat is hotter at the moment. The Cowboys, who had Super Bowl aspirations with a deep roster (check out Cowboys daily fantasy options here), have lost three of the last four games. Dallas owner Jerry Jones has publicly criticized Garrett and his staff in recent weeks. The strong sense is that Garrett will be fired even if the Cowboys win a weak NFC East, especially if they dont make any noise in the playoffs. Jones want the big prize and after 10 seasons and two playoff wins, Garretts time is probably used. Jones, who will be going big-game hunting, will likely offer one of the best financial packages in the NFL to his new hire.

Freddie Kitchens: The Cleveland Browns coach may not be in major trouble, but there is no sure thing he wont go one-and-done with the Browns. Expectations were huge in Cleveland and the Browns are just 5-7 and underachieving on offense. Cleveland would still be a desirable job, so Kitchens may not get a second year if he doesnt finish strong.

Anthony Lynn: There are always a surprise or two every year of the firing cycle. So, a guy like Lynn or Chicagos Matt Nagy could be on the list. Neither should get fired, but the Chargers have lost eight games of seven points or less. That might fall on the coach, especially with the team needing to create excitement as it moves into its new Los Angeles digs as the second fiddle to the Rams. A splash coaching hire could be something ownership ponders. If so, Lynn would have a new job before lunch the day he gets fired.

Doug Marrone: Marrone may not be so far off Garrett when to comes to hot seats. It looks like heads are going to roll in Jacksonville and it would be a surprise, at this point, if Marrone isnt part of the changes.

Matt Patricia: The former New England defensive coordinators hot seat is warming in Detroit. The Lions are 3-8-1 this season and 9-18-1 overall under Patricia. A couple of things may be in Patricias favor, though. The Lions have led in every game, so they compete. Also, standout quarterback Matthew Stafford is injured. The Lions brass will likely think hard about this decision, but perhaps Patricia, who was considered a a strong hire in 2018, might get another year to prove he can win in the Motor City.

Dan Quinn: Quinn is another coach who seems to be sitting on an extremely warm seat. Many people around the league expected Falcons ownership to fire Quinn at the bye, but it never happened. The Falcons showed a little life, but they are 3-9. The Falcons havent been the same since blowing the Super Bowl almost three years ago to New England. Quinn is likely in his final days in Atlanta.

Ron Rivera: Rivera is another Super Bowl loser from the NFC South who is likely in trouble. The Panthers are sagging and new ownership may look to make a splash. Many coaches will have interest because of the presence of shiny toy, running back Christian McCaffrey.

Pat Shurmur: Shurmur has won just seven of 28 games in New York. There isnt a lot of growth happening. The Giants are young, but it wouldnt be a shock if a new coach gets a chance to rebuild the team.

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The updated 2017 Tennessee coaching search report card – Saturday Down South

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As all Tennessee fans know, the 2017 coaching search was a dumpster fire of epic proportions. Two years later, I thought it would be fun to look back at the key coaching names from that search to see where they stand now.

Remember, those that dont learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

The white whale of all Tennessee coaching searches. Heck its possible that Gruden was a candidate at Tennessee when Bill Battle got the job in 1970 (and you dont know for sure that he wasnt!). Gruden was contacted by Tennessee in 2017, but it never went anywhere because Gruden didnt want a college job. He wanted to return to the NFL and did so when he was re-hired by the Oakland Raiders the following January. After a brutal 4-12 season in 2018, Grudens Raiders are in the AFC playoff hunt at 6-6.

The Mississippi State head coach was John Curries top choice. Many Tennessee fans liked the idea, too. But Currie dragged his feet on an official interview. In that time, Florida was turned down by UCFs Scott Frost and former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. The Gators then turned to their former assistant coach, and Mullen jumped at the chance to return to Gainesville. Had Currie been more decisive and secured Mullens services shortly after firing Butch Jones, Mullen might be Tennessees head coach today. Over the past 2 years Florida has gone 21-5 with a top 10 finish in 2018 and what is likely another top 10 finish this season.

This is that name will always be remembered the most in that 2017 coaching search. Currie had him (mostly) signed, sealed and delivered, until a massive Vols fan protest caused the university to back away. A year later Schiano resigned as Ohio States defensive coordinator to take a similar job on Bill Belichicks staff at New England, but quit less than 2 months later. Last week, he accepted an offer to return to Rutgers as its head coach.

The well respected former Tennessee assistant nearly became the Vols head coach after Lane Kiffin resigned in 2010, but a deal couldnt be reached with athletics director Mike Hamilton. In 2017, Currie contacted Cutcliffe to see if he might be interested in returning to Knoxville and was turned down. Cutcliffe has been the head coach at Duke since 2009 and has done a terrific job at a school where its really difficult to win. Since 2012, the Blue Devils have gone 51-39 with a division title and 3 bowl victories. They have taken a step back the past 2 years, finishing a combined 13-12.

It seems like every Tennessee coaching search involves Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. He used Tennessee to get a raise in 2012 and the same exact thing happened in 2017. Gundy and Currie met in Dallas, and Gundy was reportedly offered a contract worth $7 million per year. But Gundy, who is an Oklahoma State alum and has spent most of his adult life in Stillwater, was never leaving that job. Gundy picked up a $675,000 salary bump. In 2018, Gundys Cowboys went 7-6 and they are 8-4 this year and heading to another bowl.

The Purdue head coach popped up on a lot of wish lists during that coaching cycle. Brohm was contacted by Tennessee after the Schiano fiasco, and there were media reports that Brohm accepted the job. However, that was not the case. Brohm chose to stay at Purdue. Since then the bloom has fallen. Purdue is 10-15 the past 2 seasons.

While it doesnt appear that the Iowa State head coach was ever a serious contender for the Tennessee job, his was a hot name at the end of the 2017 season. The Cyclones upset 2 top 5 opponents that year (Oklahoma, TCU). But he had a buyout of $9 million. UTs athletics department wasnt in position to pay that for a coach like Campbell. Iowa State is still good under Campbell. The Cyclones have gone a combined 15-10 the past 2 seasons.

The NC State head coach was offered the Tennessee job, and Vols fans protested that move as well. Doerens Wolfpack had gone 34-30 the previous 5 seasons, with a woeful 15-25 mark in the ACC. Currie flew to Raleigh, interviewed Doeren and expected him to take the job. Doeren might have gotten spooked by the Vols fan backlash, which wasnt at Schiano levels but was still loud. Or he might have just been using Tennessee to get a raise. If so, it worked. He got a contract extension worth $15 million over 5 years. The Wolfpack went 9-4 in 2018 but limped to a 4-8 finish this season, punctuated by a blowout loss at home to rival UNC.

With the coaching search now in complete free fall, Currie called a Hail Mary, and flew from Raleigh to California to interview the Washington State coach. Leach gave Currie every indication he was taking the Tennessee job. This was seen as a win by most Tennessee fans. Leachs eccentric nature, along with his up-tempo offensive style would have been very popular in Knoxville. But when Currie returned to Tennessee the morning after interviewing Leach, he was fired by UT chancellor Beverly Davenport, and the Leach pursuit ended immediately. Leachs Cougars won a school-record 11 games in 2018, and ended it ranked 10th in the nation. They werent as good this season, finishing 6-6, but theyre still heading to a bowl for the 5th consecutive year.

After Curries firing, Phillip Fulmer took over as AD and ran the coaching search, interviewing the Auburn defensive coordinator. Steele had Tennessee ties as a former player and assistant coach. However, his head coaching rsum was a mess, going 9-36 at Baylor from 1999-2002, including a 1-31 in Big 12 play. Those numbers would have made it tough for Fulmer to justify the hire. Steele is still the DC at Auburn and had 3 of his players taken in the 2019 NFL Draft with more to follow this April.

Fulmer also interviewed the Georgia defensive coordinator during this coaching search. Tucker, who helped turn Georgia into a championship-level defense, was going to get a head coaching job eventually and was the runner-up for the Tennessee job. In 2019 he became Colorados head coach. His Buffaloes went 5-7 this season.

The 2017 coaching search finally ended with Fulmers hiring of Pruitt, the Alabama defensive coordinator. This was his first head coaching job. Pruitts Vols upset nationally ranked Auburn and Kentucky in 2018, but they ran out of steam after that and finished 5-7. This season the team got off to a dreadful 1-4 start, including an embarrassing loss to Georgia State. But the Vols appear to be heading in the right direction, winning 6 of their past 7 to end the 2019 season, and earning their 1st bowl game berth since 2016.

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The Heart of the Program: Rachel Martin Shapes Corban Softball Team for Success, On and Off the Field – Corban University

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December 2, 2019

A great hitter is successful three out of ten times they attempt, says Rachel Martin, head coach of Corban Universitys softball program.

Failure is built into the game of softball in a way that differs from other sports. In softball, not only is failure highly likely, but its also highly personal. When youre hitting, Its just you against the pitcher, Rachel explains. For a moment, the spotlight is on you alone. And what you do impacts your entire team.

Rachels love of softball began as she grew up watching her father coach high school. She started playing when she was 10 years old, and began accompanying her dad to coaching clinics at the age of 14. Even after playing on Corbans team in college and later assistant coaching, Rachel couldnt have imagined shed one day step into the role of head coach.

When she was hired as the new head coach at Corban this past summer, Rachel immediately embraced her task of building on the teams tradition of excellence (which brought them all the way to the final game of the NAIA Softball World Series in 2017).

One of Rachels highest priorities in her new role is to develop her team into a group of excellent women who trust each other completely, both on and off the field.

No matter how skilled an individual player is, If an individual on a team doesnt trust wholeheartedly the person standing next to them or behind themif a team member doesnt believe in the teams goals and is more self-motivated than team-motivatedthen a teams not going to be successful. But, Rachel says, When a team believes in a common goal and has a common thread running through them, and when a team trusts one another and loves each other unconditionally, theyre unstoppable.

We are not just another teamwe are a family of young ladies who absolutely love the Lord and His plan for us. We are all here for a reason, here because we were called to this team. Sarah Probasco, senior, pitcher.

This past semester, Rachel has focused on helping her athletes build lifelong bonds both on and off the field as they develop trust, dependability, and integrity.

For example, Rachel says, We dont do anything softball on Fridays in the fall. We give up that day of practice to work on getting to know each other on a deeper level. From silly activities like lip-synching competitions to team outings to the pumpkin patch or even an intensive day at the Salem Ropes Course, each activity is designed to help team members bond, get to know each other, and learn to trust one another.

In addition to fun activities, the women spend time serving together. One weekend each year, they travel to Washington Family Ranch in Central Oregon, where they work at a middle school Young Life camp. From serving meals to cleaning up to enjoying a family-style dinner with campers, the athletes get an opportunity to unplug from technology and share the love of Christ through simple acts of service.

Students here dont just learn about Jesus and sit in our dorm rooms; we go out into the world and represent Jesus through our interactions and relationships with one another, says Kaycee Arase, sophomore, utility.

The team also bonds through spiritual growth, as they choose one chapel to attend together each week and participate in team Bible studies and devotions through a Bible app. This last one was a 31-day Bible study about being all-in, says Rachel. She particularly loves reading the womens responses to each days prompts, seeing them make connections between Scripture and their own lives.

The young women also have the opportunity to serve together through fundraising initiatives. We ask people who work hard for their money to donate toward our program, says Rachel, so in response, were going to work toward our goals as well. This year, the women raised nearly 50% of their fundraising goal themselves as they worked safety management for football games at Oregon State University.

Weve done alcohol monitoring, field managementmaking sure only people with the right credentials are on the field, explains Rachel. One of the highlights of the season was hearing compliments from the staff. The event staff told Rachel, Your girls are so amazing. They go above and beyond. Theyre attentive to detail. They added that her athletes had the best conduct theyd seen from a guest safety management team in four years. These kinds of compliments point to more than just the work ethic of the athletes themselves. They point to the values Rachel is fostering in her team as she helps them function as members of the Body of Christ.

Never has this unity been more apparent than when one of the team members learned her mother had cancer and would have to undergo surgery. She asked her teammates to pray for her, sharing that she couldnt afford to fly home because of the expensive medical bills.

Almost immediately, Rachel began receiving calls from the other women on the team, asking if they could contribute money to her flight. They got the word out to their families and friends, and In less than four hours, we were able to come together and pay for her flight and her transportation to and from the airport and her home, says Rachel. The women who couldnt afford to contribute financially were fierce prayer warriors throughout the process. It was really cool to see the team understand that softball isnt everything, that the relationships were building are what were going to carry for life.

Corban softball is a family, says Taylor Beasley, sophomore, infield. Not only is every girl on the team a sister, but when anything happens in your life, you know you have 20+ girls who will drop everything to be there. We are a fellowship of girls who use our God-given talents to glorify Christ in all aspects on and off the field.

When asked how the team is playing so far this year, Rachel says, Theyre on fire. She describes how, even during pre-season, they won all five games against local junior colleges. When matched up with Oregon State University in a pre-season game, they stayed ahead for the first five out of ten innings. It takes a measure of humility and class to compete against the same school the women serve as part of their fundraising initiative, but the women stepped up to the plate without hesitation and held their own against the D1 school.

Their ability to put themselves on the back burner and put the team first is huge, says Rachel. We hold a larger roster, so not every girl gets to be the person making the throw or having the hit. But they understand there are so many more roles than just the nine on the field that lead to the victory.

She gives the example of an athlete putting in the extra work during practice and challenging another teammate to join her. Perhaps only one of the two women will start in the next game, but the success belongs to both of them, because they challenged one another to improve.

Our team is a family, says Kaylee Buhrkuhl, senior, infield/outfield. We hold each other accountable, push each other to our full potential, strive for excellence, and strive to show Christs love and truth every day.

Its amazing to see the women buying into a different culture, Rachel says, because thats not typical. The typical culture would elevate personal success and glory, with each athlete striving to become the face of the program. But this isnt the case on Corbans softball team. Rather than striving to be the face of the program, Our athletes are the heart of the program, says Rachel. Thats what matters.

Its been an honor and a pleasure to wear the uniform these last three years, and I look forward to one last season. Go Warriors! Kasie Kloempken, senior, third base

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Willes’s Musings: Coaching comes with great power, but with that power comes greater responsibility – Vancouver Sun

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The Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock recently.

As we start the holiday season, here are the always festive Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports:

Mike Brown had no illusions about his place in the NHL.

He was, at best, a marginal player whose principal value was in his size 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and his ability to fight. Those, er, attributes got him selected in the first round of the 1997 draft by Florida. But Brown would play just 34 NHL games over seven pro seasons, including 16 with the Canucks who acquired him in the Pavel Bure trade with the Panthers during the 1998-99 season.

I feel fortunate to have played, says Brown, a Vancouver kid whos now a sales manager for a car dealership. Quite frankly, I wouldnt change much about any of it.

So keep that in mind as the following story is related. In 2002, Brown was claimed on waivers by Anaheim where Mike Babcock was the head coach. This is how Brown describes his first meeting with Babcock: I dont want you on our team. We dont need you. The only reason youre here is Bryan Murray (then the Ducks general manager) drafted you in Florida.

Subsequent events have since suggested that wasnt exactly out-of-character for Babcock.

In the last week or so, a heated debate has erupted in the hockey world over what constitutes acceptable behaviour for a head coach.

Bill Peters aside, its a tricky one. Incidents that occurred 20, 30, 40 years ago are being viewed through the lens of 2019, and attitudes have changed. For most of the games history, the coach was an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful despot who was free to utilize any method short of common assault to motivate his team.

Come to think of it, that one was used as well. Lets just say all that is now under review.

Coaching, in the pro ranks at least, requires an edge that makes some uncomfortable. The coach has to be demanding. He or she has to be critical. He or she has to use a variety of techniques to reach their players.

But theres also a line that cant be crossed. Coaches can poke and prod in an effort to bring out the best in their players or team but once they belittle, once they demean, once they dehumanize, theyve crossed that line.

Maybe that line didnt exist all those years ago and we dont have the time or space to recount all the stories I heard covering the WHL through the 1980s. But it exists now. Sports doesnt always evolve in lockstep with the times. In some ways, they can be ahead of societal norms. In others, they can lag behind.

But this is one of those cases where hockey needed to take a long, hard look at itself. The change had started long before this week, but it appears recent events have accelerated that process.

At least you hope thats the case. Coaching should be an honourable profession practised by honourable men and women. It comes with great power, but with that power comes a greater responsibility. All coaches would do well to remember that.

Zack Kassian of the Edmonton Oilers battles against Jordie Benn of the Canucks in October. Codie McLachlan / Getty Images

If you watched Zack Kassian during his 171 games as a Canuck, you knew there was a player there somewhere. It just didnt seem the hockey world would ever see that player. Bent on self-destruction, Kassian was on a ruinous path that could have taken him a hundred different places, none of them good, when he turned his life around.

Now, five years after he was dumped by the Canucks, Kassian is the player he always thought he could be. More importantly, at 28, hes become the man he had hoped to be.

I was in a place where I didnt know if Id ever play again, Kassian says of his well-publicized battle with substance abuse. When you think youre never going to play in the NHL, you make a conscious decision to turn your life around. You dont take anything for granted after something is close to being taken away from you.

Saturday night in Edmonton Kassian scored his ninth goal of the season. He missed Sundays rematch in Vancouver with a back injury, but, playing with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, hes on pace to score 30 this season. Nice story that.

Not sure if Ive ever seen Bo Horvat play a more complete game than he did Saturday in Edmonton.

Rashaad Penny of the Seahawks runs the ball for touchdown in the fourth quarter in a win against the Eagles. Elsa / Getty Images

Couple of things to consider as the Seahawks prepare for their critical Monday matchup with the Vikings. In the Pete Carroll era, theyre 9-2 on Monday nights and 28-5-1 in prime time, including a ridiculous 18-2 at home. Since 2012, Russell Wilsons first year as the starting quarterback, theyre also 23-9 in December.

After the Monday-nighter, the Seahawks have four games left on their schedule: at Los Angeles, at Carolina, then home to Arizona and San Francisco. If they get past the Vikings, they take control of the NFC West, and the top seed in the conference and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs isnt out of the question.

At that point, the Seahawks become a legitimate Super Bowl team.

Canucks tough guys Kevin Bieksa (left) and Gino Odjick exchange greetings before a game against the Edmonton Oilers on April, 11, 2015 at Rogers Arena. Rich Lam / Getty Images

Finally, after spending 10 years interviewing Kevin Bieksa, its not really surprising hes taken to his TV gig in a big way. Smart, funny, irreverent and always confident, he could easily become the most popular commentator in the game if he commits to the tube full-time. As it is, listening to him tell the story about fighting Kassian in an elevator, or the reasons he punted Shane OBrien as a roommate, are TV gold.

Hope he stays with it. Plus, I want to live in a world where Bieksa is part of the media.

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GEOFF WARD: New coach the kind of ‘guy’s guy’ the Flames need right now – Calgary Sun

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CALGARY There was a stretch, Rocky Thompson remembers, somewhere between 2003 and 05 when he was feeling it.

Skating well, racking up his usual pile of penalties in the American Hockey League playing for the Edmonton Oilers farm team, life was cruising along.

Or so he thought.

Geoff Ward, providing some tough love to a tough guy, respectfully, disagreed.

I remember him bringing me into his office and I thought I was playing good, Thompson said, chuckling as he recalled the conversation. He went over a segment that we would do at the time and he said: We need you to be better than this.

I was kind of like: I thought I was playing good. And it wasnt like he was mean to me, or anything. He thought I could do more. He told me what I needed to do. And it was good.

I had a great relationship with him I played hard for him. After that, I had even more respect for him because I was seeing things differently. He was just honest, and he did it in a different way.

As a former school teacher in Ontario, Ward honed his communication and listening skills and fine-tuned his ability to create caring, purposeful, empowering relationships between himself and his students. As a proud father of four Cody, Sawyer, Kylie, and Hannah the 57-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., is patient and kind. That much is obvious.

As a hockey coach for the past 30 years, Wards impact has been significant at every stop along the way. It also helps paint a picture of a man deeply passionate about his craft, who has unintentionally been thrust into the spotlight behind the Calgary Flames bench as the interim head coach.

I loved playing for Wardy, continued Thompson, who is now the head coach of the AHLs Chicago Wolves. I thought we were motivated. We played hard, but it wasnt an old-school type of coaching. He was, really, what people are looking at nowadays with up-and-coming coaches. He was maybe a little bit ahead of his time, at that time, about 15 years ago now I think the world of him.

Wards story is colourful, not unlike others with unique outposts having shaped his experience. Moving. Times of uncertainty. Being hired. Fired. Winning. Losing.

Starting with the University of Waterloo of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union, Ward transitioned to running the bench for the Waterloo Siskins junior B outfit, then made the jump to the Ontario Hockey League with the Niagara Falls Thunder, Kitchener Rangers, and Guelph Storm.

There was a brief foray into the ECHL, two stints in Germany sandwiched around seven years as an assistant with the Boston Bruins which included a Stanley Cup in 2011 several years in the American Hockey League and assistant/associate coaching gigs in New Jersey and, of course, Calgary.

Now, another unique situation presents itself. Ward has dutifully assumed the controls of a Flames organization facing turmoil in the wake of the racial allegations towards former head coach Bill Peters, and desperately needing guidance.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving called it turbulence.

Thats putting it mildly.

I can never say Ive been in this circumstance taking over a team, Ward had said on Friday when the news became official. But the reasoning doesnt matter. Whats important is what you do once the moment happens and you need to step in.

A half hour after Treliving nearly broke down in tears, explaining how difficult the situation has been on this group, Ward stepped in and switched gears.

And turned up the tunes.

At Fridays practice, Rasmus Anderssons music selection of Elton Johns Tiny Dancer, Queens Radio Ga Ga, and Run DMCs Its Tricky had everyone smiling.

Ward explained the importance of normalcy and simplicity for his players, along with the need to insulate themselves from the outside noise.

He referred to the dressing room as their place. He emphasized the words team, family, and grow.

Ward can read a room, body language, and a situation.

During a 15-minute post-practice press conference after being officially dubbed the Flames interim head coach, he was empathetic and insightful. Calm, but energetic and light. Funny, but serious and purposeful.

Hes been through it all as an assistant coach, said winger Milan Lucic, who was with Ward during the 2011 Stanley Cup. And he has gotten to work with some really good teams and really good coaching staffs.

Im excited to be here with him to see what he can do with this opportunity.

An opportunity presented itself during the 2002-03 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs when then-head coach Claude Julien was promoted to the NHL. Ward took the team to the Calder Cup final and was named the AHLs coach of the year.

That was the stop Sean McAslan remembers the most.

I was a Black Ace, just bag skating for a couple of months and the next year, I went to camp and I didnt have a very good camp, said the former Calgary Hitmen forward (1996-2001) who now works in the oil and gas industry in Calgary. They could have easily just sent me down, but (Ward) stuck with me because of the work Id done.

I had a couple of good exhibition games and on a per diem envelope, when he was handing them out, he wrote on mine: Great game, Sean. Keep it up. He didnt have to do anything like that, especially in the American league. You dont have coaches holding your hands you either make it, or you dont. McAslan, like Thompson, followed Ward to Toronto and to Edmonton with the AHL Road Runners. In those days, albeit not that long ago, it was common to walk on egg shells around the main boss.

Not Ward.

The head coach was the tough one, said McAslan, who played 127 games for Ward from 2002-05. And the assistant coaches were the ones you could relate to, especially coming up through junior and the early days of pros. Thats kind of the way it was. You could relate a little more to the assistant coach.

You could be a little more buddy-buddy with them. Geoff was a really relatable guy. Fernando Pisani was coached by Ward through the early 2000s before becoming a full-time NHLer for six years with the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Now, a development coach for the Western Hockey Leagues Edmonton Oil Kings, Wards imprint was significant.

I think guys feel comfortable approaching him and saying whats on their mind, Pisani said. Right, wrong, or indifferent, hell give you the answer. And if you like it or you dont, hell tell it to you to help you become a better player. Pisani says the why is key in educating todays generation of players and Ward has always been skilled at that.

Gaining trust, Thompson adds, has also been one of Wards strengths.

When you need to coach and teach, you do those things, Thompson said. But if you see a person, you can go up and talk to him. Then, they know: Gosh, hes not just the coach coming at me to tell me what Im doing wrong again. Theres a time and a place for that. But theres also a time and a place to be a real person. A guys guy. I always thought Wardy was a guys guy.

Dressed in a royal blue suit and matching tie during Saturdays game at the Scotiabank Saddledome against the Senators, Ward shook hands with assistant coach Ryan Huska and equipment manager Mark DePasquale when the horn sounded and strode off the bench.

The Flames bench, it seemed, was looser than it had been in a long time. In his post-game press conference, he talked about the players being solution-oriented.

I want to treat the guys like men, because they are, Ward said. I want them to be an important part of the process, because its their program, not mine.

Many of his peers in the business believe that Ward has been ready for a head coaching position for some time. He was short-listed in Calgary in 2016, up against the eventual successful candidate, Glen Gulutzan.

The Flames have two victories with Ward at the helm. A 3-2 overtime win at Buffalo on Wednesday and Saturdays business-like 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

According to Treliving, theres no immediate timetable of how long Ward will stay in this role. One would expect if there is quick evidence of buy-in and success, there would be a strong sense of permanency to the position. Ward, after all, was previously considered for the job and was poached by Treliving from the Devils ahead of the 2018-19 season to improve their power-play.

I loved Wardo as a coach, Devils forward Kyle Palmieri said. He was a great guy. He was a great communicator I think hes going to do a great job. Hes a guy who is well-respected and knows how to motivate. I think thats a team thats going through a bit of a rough patch and you add this (the Peters drama) on top of it Wardos a great coach and hes been around the league forever. I think hes more than qualified.

On Saturday night, Ward used common sense to give the Flames two consecutive days off, Sunday and Monday, to regroup. Sunday was originally slated to be a practice day.

Theyve been through a lot.

So has he.

This is difficult, Ward had said of what he made of the entire Peters situation, and how it has impacted him given the two were peers one week ago. Im still reeling from it, myself. Your thoughts and your emotions are all over the place. Its an unfortunate, unfortunate situation. Its not the way he drew it up, his ascent to the NHL. There are only 31 jobs in this unforgiving business. Ward called it a dream realized. From lesson planning to coaching at hockeys highest level, its the very definition of a dream realized. But as far as hes concerned, the job is based on communication and relationships. Just like a teachers. I think its important you know them as people, Ward said of building the players trust. You know what they do for hobbies. What their families are like. All of those things. So, it gives me an opportunity to talk to them about other things than hockey when they get to the rink. I think its important that all of those things are in play. For me, then, its much easier to send messages to them that need to be sent. Its easier for them to feel comfortable to come in to talk to me about things. Really, thats what Im all about.

Im all about communicating with people, trusting people, believing in people, and empowering people to come together as a group and become the best that we can be.


1989-92 University of Waterloo, CIAU, assistant coach 1992-93 Niagara Falls Thunder, OHL, assistant coach 1993-94 Waterloo Siskins, MWJHL, head coach 1994-98 Kitchener Rangers, OHL, head coach 1998-99 Guelph Storm, OHL, head coach 99-2000 Arkansas RiverBlades, ECHL, head coach 2000-01 EC Bad Nauheim, Germany2, head coach 2001-02 Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL, assistant coach 2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL, asst. coach, head coach (Named AHL coach of the year) 2003-04 Toronto Roadrunners, AHL, head coach 2004-05 Edmonton Road Runners, AHL, head coach 2005-06 Edmonton Oilers, NHL, development coach 2006-07 Iserlohn Roosters, DEL, head coach 2007-14 Boston Bruins, NHL, assistant coach 2014-15 Adler Mannheim, DEL, head coach (Named DEL coach of the year) 2015-18 Germanys world championship team, asst. coach 2015-18 New Jersey Devils, NHL, assistant coach 2018-19 Calgary Flames, NHL, associate coach 2019-20 Calgary Flames, NHL, associate coach, Interim head coach

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