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Ted Leland: How Joy Impacts Performance

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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 Ted Leland, current VP of External Relations and Athletics for University of the Pacific, former Athletic Director for Dartmouth and Stanford University, and PCA National Advisory Board Member.

Jim Thompson (@JimThompson18), PCA Founder, talks to Leland about the importance of relationships between players and coaches, the effectiveness of joy on performance, the significance of inspiring athletes, the need for a stronger presence of girls and women in sports, and his involvement with PCA.

Leland talks about how his experience as both a coach and Athletic Director exposed him to how crucial it is to construct a positive environment for athletes, determining about 80%-90% of their behavior. His belief in this influenced him to get involved with PCA because sport participation can be beneficial to social and character development in children. An effective sport climate inspires athletes to work hard, increase their self-efficacy, and believe that they can be successful. Leland also discusses the challenges associated with the lack of women in sport and how that has affected female athletes.

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