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Coaches: Embrace The Team You Have, Live In The Precious Present

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Jerry York, Head Men's Hockey Coach at Boston College and PCA National Advisory Board Member, has coached for over 40 years, winning over 1,000 games. At BC, he won NCAA Championships in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He also won the 1984 title at Bowling Green University, making him one of only three coaches in NCAA history to lead two different schools to national titles.

Sometimes in sports you coach an experienced team, and other times you are given a young team. In either situation, York advises that you embrace that team for what it is and get the most out of it. Each year, York says, it's a puzzle to figure out how to get the most out of his team, but the most important thing is to work on improvement each day, no matter team’s composition. For instance, a young team may be more energetic, and an experienced team may be more savvy. Either way, it is the coach's job to use the team’s positive traits to their best benefit in striving for improvement.

Each year, Coach York explains how important it is to live in the 'precious present' with his team, often referring to the book The Precious Present by Spencer Johnson.