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Ron Wilson: The Art of Preparation

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Positive Coaching Alliance is proud to have worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance to create this podcast and other powerful resources.

This podcast series features Positive Coaching Alliance staff interviewing prominent former athletes, coaches and general managers. Each episode, these influential stars share insights from their own sports careers. Listen in as they talk about filling emotional tanks, bouncing back from mistakes, staying motivated through long seasons to continually give 100% effort, and how they translated their sports experience to invaluable life lessons.

In this episode, Jim talks with the 2010 US Men’s Hockey Olympic Head Coach and former NHL Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson. Known in hockey circles as a coach dedicated to preparation, Ron shares with Jim how the men’s team prepared for the Olympics, how preparation was one element of accountability to fellow teammates, and how preparation leads to playing relaxed and in the moment to come back with 24 seconds on the clock. Here's where you'll find Ron talking about featured topics:

  • Specialization- 3:00
  • Mistakes- 23:50

Jim Thompson is the founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission of helping to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience. PCA served as the experts behind the Liberty Mutual Play Positive™ program.

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