Episode 75: The Importance of Being Honest with Coach Martin

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Who is Coach Martin and the key takeaways in this episode?

Coach Martin is not your typical college coach at all. Now coaching at Brown, his alma mater, he has traveled rather extensively throughout his career so far, and has had a positive influence on masses of young athletes. He strongly believes in the power of constructive criticism and diagnosing problems by being direct and honest.

Listen to this intriguing and thought-provoking interview and learn more about:

  • The tipping point in Coach’s career
  • The importance of buying into a culture
  • Coach’s philosophy for success
  • And much, much more

The Questions

Did you have an ‘aha’ moment when you discovered your love for coaching? Was there a moment when the lights went on?

Answer:Probably. My father was a high school coach so I grew up going to all of his practices and games, from as young as I can remember. Obviously, I fell in love with the sport, but I also played football and baseball in high school. For me, basketball was always my passion and my first love. I came to Brown and my eyes were certainly opened to all the incredible opportunities that our students have after graduation. I interviewed with a bunch of companies offering financial services and was actually offered a job on Wall Street in my senior year, but then once I found out I had the opportunity to play professionally, I pursued that. I fell in love with the opportunity to become a coach when I got hurt; I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).

Part of a culture is getting people to buy in, so that everyone has skin in the game, right?

Answer: The important thing has to do with our assistant coaches, our managers, our players, trainers, strength coaches and whoever is around us everyday. They need to know that I care about them, I believe in them and I’m right there with them. I’m not afraid to do whatever it takes on my end for us to be successful. I think that when they see that belief and they feel that belief, passion and determination from me, it’s much easier to get by. There’s no doubt that if you don’t have that then you’re not going to have as strong a culture as you want.

What can my listeners take away from the philosophy you use today and that you have used for some time to become so successful?

Answer:When you’re working with people, it’s all about helping them to reach their potential and do the best they possibly can for your company, product or team. It’s about showing people you care. I heard this quote a long time ago, and it sticks with me today: “Your players, your staff, your employees don’t care how much you know. It’s about how much you care.” I remind myself of it all the time. That’s the most important part of what we do when working with young men.

Culture According to Coach Martin:

We want people to know who we are and what we’re about without ever hearing it from us. We want people to come and connect with our team whether they’re young men and potential student athletes, or whether they’re just coming to watch us play. We just want people around us to be able to see us. It’s the daily interactions; it’s what we do and how we live and act around each other and towards the rest of the student body, professors and administrators that are here on campus.

Go To Quote for Inspiration

[Tweet @mmartinbrown “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” #quote #BECulture”]

What Coach Martin Wants His Team to BE:

  • BE Passionate
  • BE Honest
  • BE Yourself

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