What if your team was outcome-aware, but process and purpose-driven? What kind of results would you get if there was an undeniable and shared purpose and everyone was focused on the process of being their very best every day? To hear about great outcome-aware, purpose and process-driven teams, listen to our latest podcast.


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Show Notes

6:35 What makes Middlebury a great program (Jerry Lynch)

16:15 “It is good to be outcome aware but purpose and process-driven”

35:30 The next frontiers in sports are the mind and the spirit

43:15 How does Erin define quality coaching and what does he look for when hiring

48:45 Every interview, every recruiting talk, every season should begin with one question

56:45 A National Championship without a strong purpose is hollow

1:05:15 “Ask me again in 20 years”…on whether I do well as a coach


About Erin Quinn

Erin Quinn is now in his 12th year as Middlebury College’s Director of Athletics.

Under his tutelage, the school recorded 10-straight top-five finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. During the 2011-12 academic year, Middlebury captured its first Directors’ Cup title.

Quinn is a 1986 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a member of the football team, captaining the squad his senior year. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, working with the lacrosse and football programs in the year following his graduation. After a year at Middlebury, Quinn moved on to Tufts University, where he was an assistant coach in lacrosse and football while earning his master’s degree in teaching.

After two years at Tufts, Quinn landed his first head coaching job, heading up the men’s lacrosse program at Lake Forest College in Illinois. Following a year at Lake Forest, Quinn returned to Middlebury in 1990 as an assistant coach in lacrosse and football. The following year, he was named head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, while continuing his football duties.
Quinn directed the men’s lacrosse program at Middlebury for 15 seasons, with his final campaign taking place in the spring of 2006 where he amassed an amazing 202-38 career record. His .842 winning percentage is second among his peers in the history of Division III lacrosse.

He led the team to 10 NCAA tournament appearances in an 11-year span, while capturing all six NESCAC championships. His teams won three-consecutive NCAA championships (2000, 2001, 2002).
Quinn is a five-time winner of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III Coach of the Year award, earning the College Lacrosse USA Division III National Coach of the Year award in 2001. He also earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2004. Quinn was elected to the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and his teams have twice won the James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award from the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association (NIOLA). He was the winner of an outstanding contribution award in 2004, given by the Vermont chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse organization.
Get in Touch

Twitter: @MIddAthletics

Website: Middlebury College


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