Step 3: Building a championship program with Hall of Fame Coach Sherri Coale. 

Step Three: Less is More.

The more you put in, the more you get out, is true. Working out more makes me stronger, fit, and look better. If I study more, I will improve my grades. The more money I invest, the more my portfolio will grow. That is the way it is. But only sometimes. In coaching, it is only natural to think more hours equals quality production. But the truth is production can suffer. 

Coach Coale was the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma for 25 years. And over the two and half decades, she learned that the more you do, the less you get from your players and your team. She said, “I thought the longer we go, the better we get. I was wrong.” Experience as a head coach at the DI level taught her that less time in practice produced more effective practices and results, and less time at practice led to better focus and, over time, a well-rested team. And all coaches should take a page from the great John Wooden, who practiced his great UCLA teams daily from 3:29 p.m. to 5:29 p.m.

If you can master this method, you will gain an advantage over your opponents. Your program will improve. So, please reflect and reevaluate your program or organization. Where could you make adjustments? Make those adjustments and watch your team or organization flourish.

Dr. Barry Davis

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