Want to be a fly on the wall for a conversation between a 36-time NCAA Champion Sport Psychology Consultant and one of the greatest coaches of all time? This is a show you cannot miss! Dr. Jerry Lynch and Anson Dorrance join John this week to talk Dean Smith, John Wooden, Alonzo Stagg, and what it is like to build an unrivaled dynasty through love, connection, and strong character,


Anson Dorrance enters his 41st year of service to the University of North Carolina soccer programs in the fall of 2017.  Dorrance, a 1974 Tar Heel alumnus, debuted as the Carolina men’s soccer coach in September of 1977 and then added duties as head coach and founder of the UNC women’s program in September of 1979.

A former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach and current University of North Carolina head women’s soccer coach, Anson Dorrance was named the 2016 winner of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award from United States Soccer on January 29, 2016.

As U.S. Soccer’s highest honor, the Werner Fricker Builder Award is given to an individual or group of individuals who have dedicated at least 20 years of service to the sport, working to establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. The award recognizes those who have developed programs that will outlast their own involvement in the sport.

When Dorrance was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008, it marked one more milestone moment in the career of a man whose coaching prowess became legendary at a young age.  Because Dorrance has not yet retired from his coaching career, he was only eligible for election to the Hall of Fame on the “Builders of the Game” ballot, being inducted in his first year of eligibility.

Like fine wine — with age — the coaching career of Anson Dorrance only gets better.

It was just two years ago in 2015 when Tar Heel soccer stayed in the international news as nine University of North Carolina standouts competed in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  Six former UNC players helped the U.S. win its first World Cup title since 1999, including starters Meghan Klingenberg and Tobin Heath.  Tar Heel Lucy Bronze led England to its best ever World Cup finish as it gained a bronze medal.

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Show Notes

9:30 The winningest soccer coach in NCAA history was almost a Corporate Lawyer instead

18:45 Jerry describes the “tribe of trust” that Anson creates in his teams

25:25 Anson on “a great team is a collection of small societies”

35:25 April Heinrichs and the value of competing like there’s no tomorrow

45:50 The “competitive cauldron”” the importance of training the mentality of your athletes

51:20 Anson shares his “Play for the Seniors” theory

58:00 “Love those you teach”

1:06:00 Anson’s advice to young coaches


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