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Positive Culture Takes Time, But It's Worth It

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Marlon Stewart (@TheCoachStew) is an Assistant Coach with the Oregon State men’s basketball program (@BeaverMBB). He served as the program’s Director of Basketball Operations during the 2018-19 season. Stewart was an assistant coach at the University of Hawai’i in 2017-18 and helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to a 17-13 record.

To Coach Stewart, culture is everything. In his experience, talent alone doesn't get it done- you need culture and experience. Although culture doesn't happen overnight, it can flourish with many years of consistent action. According to Coach Stewart, you only see the fruits of your labor with culture change after a few years, but it's worth it. One of the most important tenets of the culture for Stewart is getting past the fear of failure— once you can set mindset as a cultural tenet, players throughout your team won't fear it. Ultimately, setting a good culture allows everything else to fall into place.