Katey Stone: Everyday Team Building
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.
Instead of "manufacturing fun", Stone lets team building happen every single day during hard practices and in between drills. She focuses on respect and treating individuals like human beings, believing these are the crucial components to team building and motivation, rather than something more structured.
Stone also talks about her approach to giving praise only when deserved. She wants her team to win at the end, and a "trophy for everyone" is not involved in that goal. Doing something you're supposed to do every day is not a praise-worthy accomplishment, but she makes sure to recognize when athletes go above and beyond to reinforce behaviors.