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3 Pillars: Lead In The Community, In Academics, And In Your Sport

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Coach Ted Minnis recently became the winningest coach in Harvard water polo (@HarvardH2OPolo history for both the men’s and women’s programs. On the men’s side, Minnis won his program-best 100th game on the opening day of the 2016 season against then-No. 10 UC Davis. Minnis is also the all-time leader in wins for the women's water polo program with 111 total wins, surpassing Chris Hafferty’s total of 81 wins during the 2014-15 campaign. Minnis is also certified as a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach®.

In this video, Minnis discusses the importance of developing leadership among athletes. He mentions that not only does he want his players to be leaders in the pool, but he wants them to be leaders in the community and in the classroom. Mistakes will often be made along the way, but in order to develop into a leader, players must learn and grow from those mistakes.

Though winning championships is important, Minnis says building his players' character for the future is the priority. By teaching them how to be a leader in the community, classroom, and pool, he sets up his players for success for the rest of their lives.