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Joe Ehrmann: How Coaches Help Athletes Develop Character and Courage

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Listen in as Positive Coaching Alliance goes 1-on-1 in interviews with top pro and college players, coaches, executives and other major sports figures who provide tips, tools, information and inspiration for youth and high school sports coaches, parents and student-athletes.

This 1-on-1 interview features Joe Ehrmann (@JoeEhrmann76), a PCA National Advisory Board Member and winner of PCA's Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ehrmann is a former NFL Pro Bowl defensive lineman, founder of Coach For America and author of InSide Out Coaching. Ehrmann gained additional prominence when Parade Magazine dubbed him “the most important coach in America” for his unorthodox, but highly effective, coaching at Gilman School in the Baltimore area. Ehrmann was also the subject of Season of Life by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Marx.

Jim Thompson (@JimThompson18), PCA Founder, talks to Ehrmann about negative cultural trends defining masculinity and femininity. He talks about the vital role coaches, parents and leaders can play in correcting a problem with the American culture, which allows for instances of bullying when youth do not fit into prevailing societal standards. Ehrmann also believes in the importance of moral courage, and that sport is the perfect environment to allow this to develop alongside physical courage. Here's where you'll find Ehrmann talking about featured topics:

  • Coaching Own Child- 11:30, 22:30
  • Specialization- 15:20
  • Injury- 20:48
  • Mistakes- 21:50

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