Katey Stone: Bouncing Back From A Bad Game
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PCA National Advisory Board Member Katey Stone (@kbstone9) is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey. As head coach of the Harvard Crimson for the past 18 seasons, she has accumulated 378 victories and has led the team to several NCAA Championship appearances. She also coached the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team to a Silver Medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Losing is inevitable in sports, but teams have control over how they bounce back from a loss. Here, Stone recalls how her Harvard team bounced back from one of their worst losses of the season. As a coach, it was not her job to motivate players after a loss because the players were motivated enough themselves.
Instead, Stone reminded her team to execute each play better and focus on the moment. It was important for Stone’s players to focus on the journey rather than the destination and remind them that working hard in their daily routines would allow them to bounce back and do better next time. Focusing on the process helps a team recover from a loss, and teaches them a life lessons - the sign of a Double-Goal Coach®.