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Nov. 13, 2022

Episode 51: Preparing Athletes Today w/Marsha Frese

Episode 51: Preparing Athletes Today w/Marsha Frese

Episode 51 features Marsha Frese who is is set to begin her first season as an assistant coach with the Loyola University Chicago women's basketball program. Frese, who most recently served as an assistant at San Diego State, also spent five seasons as head coach at the University of Missouri - Kansas City & assistant coach at NIU, Ball State and University of Illinois.

My takeaways:

  • Before you can really coach and help athletes get to their best selves, coaches need to develop relationships and empathy of where their athletes are coming from to understand why/who they are.
  • Even though it's a coach's full-time job, doesn't mean it has to be an athlete's job, too.
  • When the care of the student and the person isn't there, it's really difficult for athletes to be their best.
  • Happy is an emotion that comes/goes throughout a course of a 24-hour period. Happy is not sustainable. So, we want our student-athletes to be challenged, prepared, and taken care of and nurtured. Yes, we want them to be happy, too, but we want them to come out of this experience knowing that they've given everything they can, but they've had a whole experience, not just as an athlete, in a particular setting.
  • Measure metrics often to show athletes growth because we want them to be comparing against themselves. And that's where the confidence continues to build because they're like, "Hey, I am making progress."