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This week we bring you Part I of a two episode masterclass with Mark Bennett (@PDScoach). Mark has been one of our most popular guests over the years, and has been training, coaching & mentoring individuals and teams since the early 90s, including world and Olympic champions, professional rugby teams, the Cleveland Indians of MLB, and Oklahoma Thunder of the NBA. He joined the British Army in 1983 and passed the world famous Commando course in 1990, and while serving with 29 Commando Regiment as the senior instructor, running the Commando Training Wing, Mark was the first person to initiate structural change to the way soldiers were trained for the commando course. His work in this field culminated in the design of the Performance Development Systems; a holistic and robust approach to maximize real world performance for organizations, coaches and athletes.

Following several years of running, designing and quality controlling “train the trainer” courses for the Military, Mark turned down promotion in order to leave the forces to commit to working on PDS full time. He has spent over 30 years researching and developing effective learning and adherence systems to help coaches and trainers maximize the performance of the individuals and teams they are working with. In 2006 Mark was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) by her Majesty the Queen for his work in developing the system.

In part I of our talk, we discuss the foundations of PDS, including the Rule of 3, developing non negotiables, UAE’s, and the importance of self awareness and state for both coaches and athletes. Mark has recently launched a super deep dive online course which you can get 25% off by entering Champion25 at this link. It is a great course that I have recently gone through and cannot recommend it highly enough.


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. 

Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out today at

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  • Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes!
  • A code to get free access to our online course called “Coaching Mastery,” usually a $97 course, plus four other courses worth over $100, all yours for free for becoming a patron.
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  • Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences.

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