Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking In Sports – Championship Leadership

4th in a series:  How do championships happen? This leadership series brings you, the listener, guests that are proven winners. Of course a head coach, must have game know-how and the ability to teach technical skills/X’s & O’s for player development. However, he must  also possess strong leadership skills. Why; because championships do not occur randomly. Rather, they happen because the head coach has and uses sound leadership principles. Principles practiced and communicated daily with all team members: assistant coaches, players, conditioning, sports psychology, academic advisor and administrative staff. Tracy Archuleta has led the U Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles to two NCAA Division II national championships in his eight years at the helm. He also has been recognized as the 2010 and 2014 Division II ABCA National Coach of the Year and the 2011 and 2014 GLVC Coach of the Year since taking over the program in 2007. He also is fast becoming the most winning coach in the history of the program with 312 victories in eight years. Prior to taking the Southern Indiana position, Tracy was head coach at U. Wisconsin-Parkside where he quickly turned around a sub-.500 program. The Rangers went from 13 wins in 2002 to 41 wins in 2004. In 2005 the Rangers won the Grand Lakes Valley Conference championship and made its 2nd straight appearance in the NCAA post-season tournament. Prior to becoming a head coach, Tracy was assistant coach at Wayne State College and Central Missouri State. In this show Tracy shares his leadership experience and approach to: 1. Building team pride, 2. Understanding were the program fits into the greater University picture, 3. Lessons learned about himself and leadership as an assistant and head coach, 4. Making mistakes and learning from team, 5. Creating trust with players, and, 6. The critical importance of having, executing and adjusting a system (the topic of a show Tracy did with me in 2010).