This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Dr. Greg Dale. Dr. Dale is the Director of Sport Psychology and Leadership Program for Duke Athletics and author of The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches. In his sport psychology role, Dale provides consultations for individual athletes, coaches and staff members. In addition, Dale provides team building services for athletic teams and other units within the athletic department.

We dive into the need to stop catastrophizing failure, how to build culture, how do approach change, and how do we recruit people to fit into our culture. Check out his website

Highlights from the Podcast:

– Teaching “sports athletics” at the university level
– Are sports fundamentally good?
– Coaches responding to sports during a pandemic
– Servant Leadership
– What is the essence of coaching?
– Learning to coach by spending time with coaches from other sports
– How do “one-and-done” athletes effect the culture of a university-level team?
– C.U.L.T. Athletics (Connection, Ultimate caring, Love, Trust), a Jerry-ism made up on the spot
– How can we build stronger connections with our athletes?
– Growing from an assistant coach to a head coach

More about Greg Dale:

In his leadership role, Dale provides leadership training for athletes, coaches and administrators within the department through various educational programs. He is also a professor of sport psychology and sport ethics in the Department of Health, Wellness and Physical Education.

In July of 2018, Dale was named to the newly-created Integrative Performance Excellence Group, a unit comprised of directors in the areas of Sports Performance, Athletic Medicine, Sports Nutrition and Behavioral Health, as well as individuals representing psychological services, team physicians and primary care physicians.  The goal of this working group is to enhance the experience of Duke student-athletes by providing an integrative approach to the care of each individual athlete throughout his or her collegiate career while continuing to cultivate partnerships with the Duke University Hospital, Duke Sports Science Institute, Duke Student Health and Duke Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as part of its holistic approach to student-athlete health.

Dale received his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1985. He went on to ear a master’s from Columbia University in 1987 and his doctorate from The University of Tennessee in 1993.
Dale, a native of Troy, Texas, has written four books on leadership, coaching, parenting and performance and serves as a consultant to numerous athletic and corporate organizations around the world.

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast:

– Freakonomics Podcast: The Hidden Side of Sports (
– Amazon Book Link for The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches.

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