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Dave Aranda is the Head Coach of Baylor Football, the 2021 Big 12 Champions and winners of the 2022 Sugar Bowl. A 2020 National Champion Asst. Coach at LSU and a 26-year coaching veteran, Dave Aranda was named the 28th head coach in Baylor Football history on Jan. 16, 2020. In 2021, Aranda’s Bears tied for the best turnaround in college football, boasting a ten-win improvement from the previous year, finishing 12-2 including a school-record five wins against ranked opponents. Aranda came to Waco after four seasons as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at LSU, including a 2020 National Championship and a 2019 SEC Championship. Widely considered one of the top defensive minds in football, Aranda has a track record of producing NFL-ready players.

In this conversation with John and Jerry, originally recorded for the 2022 Way of Champions Virtual Conference, Dave talks about his coaching journey, his first introduction to the Way of Champions through Jerry’s book Thinking Body, Dancing Mind, and their long friendship. He talks about his struggles to be his authentic self while coaching a sport that often has in your face screamers as coaches, and how difficult it was to be a quiet, confident leader. It is am amazing coversation.


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