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Being the athlete your teammates look up to in the locker room and on the field means you have to hold yourself to a higher standard than those around you. Learn how with STACK's library of videos and articles, from sports psychologists, strength coaches and the leaders themselves. Don't follow the pack. Lead one, with STACK's help.

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Labor of Love: The Nation's Top High School Volleyball Coach on Building Better Team Culture

Oviedo volleyball was under pressure. Entering the 2018 season, their roster included five returning starters from a team that finished 25-4 a year...

What Every Athlete Can Learn From Chris Davis and His Historic 0-For-54 Slump

Chris Davis' record-breaking slump is finally history. After going hitless in his final 21 at-bats of 2018, the Baltimore Orioles first baseman starte...

Julie Foudy Says Team Culture Made U.S. Women's Soccer Unbeatable

Great teams exist as one unit. They trust each other, they support each other, and they push each other. When divisions form inside a team, those frac...

A Shocking Number of Youth Sports Coaches Are Unqualified for the Gig

A great youth sports experience starts with a great coach. The problem is, the number of great coaches in youth sports seems to be decreasing. Many go...

Driven Not To Be Another Statistic, Deandre Baker Aims to be the NFL's Next Shutdown Cornerback

To outsiders, Liberty City is a neighborhood defined by statistics. The five-square-mile neighborhood on Miami's northwest side is considered to be on...

The Pro Factory: How Ohio State's WR Room Churns Out Beasts

Ohio State's wide receiver room is a bonafide pro factory. Since 2015, six Buckeye receivers have been drafted into the NFL. After the 2019 NFL Dra...

How One Coach Led a High School Football Program Out of a Hazing Scandal and into the State Championship

At the end of a game, each team receives a designation: winner or loser. It's the basis of sports, and most coaches don't give the labeling process mu...

How I Squandered a Season by Failing to Create a Team Culture (and What I Do Differently Now)

Matt Richards is head men's basketball coach, as well as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Athletics, at Southern Maine Community College. He...

Austin Ekeler Reveals How 'Positive Peer Pressure' in High School Helped Propel Him to Greatness

Austin Ekeler is an athletic marvel. When Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn recently dubbed Ekeler the strongest guy on the team, he was...

Steve Kerr Reveals How to Combat Complacency on a Championship-Caliber Team

How do elite teams manage to stay on the summit season after season? How do they fight complacency when they know they're far superior to most ...

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