John Russo

Coaching for success: Great coaching traits

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

I often read an article about a well-known coach that is successful and I cut out pieces of it to add to my “collection.” I’ve been on this search for what makes coaches great for years, actually it’s probably been decades. I remember many years ago thinking to myself, “What makes this average looking man so revered and so successful?” The man I was looking at was Vince Lombardi.

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Coaching for success: The role of the coach

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

There is no doubt that coaches are role models for youngsters. Even if a player or players don’t like a coach, the role model influence is there because coaches are still their leaders, sometimes their counselors, often their disciplinarians, and at times even their friends.

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Goaltending troubleshooting at a glance

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

I ran this article in 2002-03, and it’s time for a “new generation” of goaltender coaches to see it. Goaltending is probably the most difficult position in hockey – and the most competitive. It truly takes exceptional talent, dedication, mental control and now size to progress as a goaltender.

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Hockey player conduct/sportsmanship

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

Over the years, I have written about this subject a couple of times. I believe that how athletes conduct themselves and their sportsmanship are important, starting at the lowest levels. In fact, the “training” of players concerning sportsmanship has to start at the Mite/Squirt levels by the coaches – and, just as importantly, by parents. And it needs to continue on through youth hockey and high school.

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Three topics to think about

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

High School hockey in Minnesota and most other states is struggling to maintain itself. In Minnesota, high school has had the premier venue for hockey for 75-plus years; it is now under duress from a couple of different angles.

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