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Dr. Jay Martin, Head Men’s Soccer Coach for Ohio Wesleyan for the past 42 years is the winningest coach in college men’s soccer history. We talk with Coach Martin about the importance of making practice fun, how kids have changed in the past 43 years of coaching, and how to use player ideas to improv practice.

Highlights from the Podcast:

  • What brings Coach Martin back coaching after 4-+ years and two national championships?
  • How have things changed in collegiate sports over the past 40+ years?
  • The importance of creating an enticing practice.
  • How does Coach Martin handle sport/academic conflicts?
  • How have kids changed in 43 years, and if so, how?
  • What is the difference between a coach and a trainer?
  • Coach Martin discusses how to engage players to improve practice
  • How do you prepare an athlete to sit the bench for the first or second year?
Under Martin’s guidance, Ohio Wesleyan was the winningest men’s soccer team in the NCAA — regardless of division — during the 1980s, compiling a winning percentage of .815 to top such programs as Indiana, UNC-Greensboro and UCLA. The Battling Bishops bettered that during the 1990s, compiling a winning percentage of .825, and improved upon that during the 2000s, with a winning percentage of .827.

Resources mentioned:

  • Every Moment Matters, John O’Sullivan Link
Connect with Dr. Jay Martin

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