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It is with a heavy heart that we replay this podcast this week, as we lost a truly great family man, leader, and mentor in the space of coaching, leadership and human development, Dr. Greg Dale. He was only 60 years old and left us far too soon, with so much more to give. He was a massive supporter of this podcast, Way of Champions, Changing the Game Project, and many others in the field of sport psychology and leadership. Who was Greg?

In July of 2018, Dale was named to the newly-created Integrative Performance Excellence Group at Duke University, 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.  He was the Director of Sports Psychology and Leadership. 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 wrote four books on leadership, coaching, parenting and performance and served as a consultant to numerous athletic and corporate organizations around the world. But more than that, he was a friend, mentor, and a kind soul who always lent a helping hand to those trying to change the game. We will miss you Greg.

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


BIG NEWS: Save the date, the 2023 Way of Champions Conference will be held August 4-6, 2023 at Colorado Academy in Denver, CO. Click here to learn more, registration will open January 1, and we will be announcing guest speakers and other conference related events soon. Its going to be amazing to be back in person in 2023! 

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Thank you for all your support these past four years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level.


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