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This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we dive into the archives from episode 162 and welcome Chris Armas, currently the assistant coach at Manchester United in the English Premier league. Previously Chris has been the Head coach of Major League Soccer clubs Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls, winning the MLS Supporters Shield with the Red Bulls in 2018. As a player, Armas made 66 appearances with the US National Team,  and was US Soccer’s Player of the Year in 2000. He was named to 6 MLS All Star games and five times was named MLS Best XI. He won the 1998 MLS Championship and 4 US Open Cups with the Chicago Fire. He played 14 professional seasons. John and Chris have known each other nearly 40 years, so this conversation is an invitation to sit in on a dinner between two long-time friends as they talk about dealing with major disappointment, developing athletes that can solve problems, and building a strong culture. Chris shares some incredible stories of coming back from injury and what he admires about coaches from his playing days. You will want to make sure you have a notepad and something to write with because this episode is packed with a lot of great stuff, and we look forward to getting Chris back on the podcast to discuss his newest coaching experiences soon!

Highlights from the Podcast:

  • How is Chris keeping his team prepared and motivated?
  • Can you be your best when things get hard?
  • What was it like to miss two world cups and the Olympic Games due to injury?
  • Chris discusses why it is so important to be an authentic coach
  • Former teammates and how they shaped Chris’s playing and coaching philosophy
  • What is our job as a coach?
  • Chris shares a story of when three 9-year-olds quit the team
  • What is the first thing Chris will do with practice after COVID-19?
  • How do you get a team to buy-in to the coach’s vision?
  • Chris shares the best qualities of previous coaches he has had


ANNOUNCING THE 2022 WAY OF CHAMPIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 25-26: Yes, we are going virtual again in 2022, and we have already amassed an incredible lineup of guests that we are ready to announce, with more to come. Joining us this year are:

  • Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors and Team USA Head Coach
  • Acacia Walker: Head Coach of Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, 2021 NCAA Champions
  • Dave Aranda, Head Coach, Baylor University Football, 2021 Big 12 Champions and Sugar Bowl Champions
  • Sandy Barbour: Athletic Director and VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University
  • Ron Adams: Golden State Warriors Asst. Coach
  • Trevor Ragan: Podcast Host and Founder of The Learner Lab
  • Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches’ Coach” and Communication Specialist
  • Dave Dickerson, Head Coach, University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s Basketball

If you register soon, we will throw in the videos from the 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference as well, a $349 value! Learn more and register at and click Way of Champions Conference on main menu!

This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 

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