The Efficient Coach

The Efficient Coach

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This show is all about how you can become a more efficient coach. We will talk about topics that will help you coach with a higher quality while spending less time doing so. Giving you time to spend with your family and friends, on your personal develo…


Rainer Meisterjahn on Building, Maintaining and Evolving a Culture
Jul 30 • 46 min
Rainer is the founder and CEO of Courtex Performance and the lead mental performance coach for NBA and FIBA clients. He has worked with hundreds of clients up to the Olympic level, have a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a Specialization in Sport Psychology…
Niall O’Regan on Coach Education, Volunteer coaches and great advice for young coaches
Jul 23 • 57 min
Niall is the current Head of Coach Education for the Football Association of Ireland. He holds a UEFA Pro coaching license and has a Master of Education from the University College in Cork. His presence as the Head of Coach Education has led to a more…
Program Establishment, things to think about when Starting a New Job, with Rob Nydick
Jul 16 • 48 min
This is the first of several conversations between Marcus and Rob on topics that are a part of most coaches professional career. In this session we start when you start, from the beginning of your time at the program, and even before. What should you…
Thomas Roijakkers on Developing Youth Players, Teams, and Yourself
Jul 9 • 47 min
Thomas is a Dutch Basketball coach who has coached in a lot of different roles, countries and levels of the game. He is passionate about basketball and developing players to fulfill their maximum potential. He has some interesting perspectives on talent…
How Consistency can Make or Break your coaching career
Jul 2 • 24 min
Not long ago professor Anders Ericsson past away. You might recognize his name from some research around what it takes to become excellent in any field. He’s mostly known for the “10,000 hour rule” which came out of one of his research projects. His…
Neill Collins on Transitioning from Player to Head Coach
Jun 25 • 47 min
Get ready for a great conversation with Neill Collins, head coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship. We’re going to talk about his transition from a being a player one day, and the head coach the next. So there’s a lot of learning in this…
Mark Smith on Coaching the New Generation and Creating a Successful Program
Jun 18 • 54 min
Mark Smith is the National Team coach of the Canadian Women’s Softball team, and has been for the last decade. Prior to that he Coached the Men’s National Team for 13 years and was an accomplished player who was curious about everything in the sport,…
John O’Sullivan on Creating a Development Culture
Jun 11 • 51 min
In this amazing conversation with John O’Sullivan, the founder of the Changing the Game Project and the host of the Way of Champions Podcast, we talk about the most important things for coaches to think about in their coaching. Spoiler alert: It’s not…
Diane Scavuzzo on the Future of US Youth Soccer and Soccer Today
Jun 4 • 44 min
With all the changes going on in the US Youth Soccer landscape, I decided to sit down with Diane Scavuzzo, editor in chief at Soccer Today to get the latest insights to what’s going on. We discuss everything from the complex US Youth system to the…
5 Things you Wish You Knew Before Starting out Coaching
May 28 • 33 min
After coaching for many years I realized that there were certain things that I thought was “right” or “smart” when starting out that turned out to be useless at best, and plain crazy at worst. If someone would have told me about these 5 things when my…
Jess Ibrom on Coaching from the Perspective of a Technical Director
May 21 • 39 min
Have you ever wondered what a Technical Director does? After hearing multiple stories from different clubs and organizations, I for one could not answer that question. That might be the same for you which is why I wanted sit down with someone who had…
Dr. Meeta Singh on How Sleep Can Make You a Better Coach
May 14 • 43 min
In this conversation Dr. Meeta Singh shares why the current culture in coaching is actually making coaches worse, and what you can do to avoid being part of that. Sleep is something that can be difficult for you to get enough, especially with all the…
John Pascarella on Networking, Differences Between Head Coach and Assistant Coach
May 7 • 53 min
In this session I talk to the current Head Coach of Oklahoma Energy FC of the USL. We talk about the things you don’t learn about in coaching courses or in the webinars. JP shares his path into the pro game and the importance of networking, a crucial…
Damian Hughes on The Barcelona Way, Unlocking the DNA of a Winning Culture
Apr 30 • 44 min
Damian Hughes is a trusted adviser to the business, education and sporting elite, specializing in the creation of high performing culture. His book “The Barcelona Way, Unlocking the DNA of a Winning Culture” was so popular it sold out. In this…
How Getting Help Can Improve Your Coaching with Vegard Lund Nes
Apr 23 • 32 min
You might have thought about reaching out to someone to help you on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. If that’s you, this session will help you by hearing first hand from someone who has taken that leap of faith.In this session I…
Barry Jansen on Coach Development and Team Building
Apr 16 • 60 min
I had a great time talking to Barry from Jansen HR, a human resources and leadership consulting company that specializes in helping Pro Coaches increase their own, and their teams performance. Barry has worked with coaches from all levels in different…
How To Improve Your Ability To Prioritize
Apr 9 • 30 min
Since upcoming workshops and live events have been cancelled, I am bringing you the content in audio format on the Efficient Coach podcast instead. This episode is based on the workshops that I’ve held in the beginning of this year and you will notice…
Liam O’Connell on Prioritizing Youth Development
Apr 2 • 37 min
This conversation with the Senior Director of Youth Development at the USL, Liam O’Connell is great for anyone who want to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the US Soccer Development landscape. Liam is doing some really great things…
Staying Healthy When Coaching
Mar 26 • 32 min
We are experiencing a strange time that will be hard for many of us. I hope you are staying safe and doing your part to help out. When training sessions and coaching courses are cancelled we have time to reflect on a lot of things in our lives. One of…
Johnathan McKinstry on coaching in different cultures
Mar 19 • 55 min
This session is a masterclass for young coaches who want to coach at the top level. Johnathan is the youngest coach ever to be named manager of an international team as he was when taking over Sierra Leone at age 27. Currently he is coaching the Uganda…
Evaluating your coaching, start journaling
Mar 12 • 36 min
In this episode I build on the very popular blog post of last year called ‘Evaluating your coaching’. We dive into why this is so important and I share my personal experiences in the hope that you can learn from my mistakes and be better. I spend a lot…
Fergus Connolly on challenges for all team sport coaches
Mar 5 • 49 min
Fergus Connolly has experience from working in the Premier League, NFL, Rugby and with high performance teams such as Special Operations forces. He has written three books, is a sought after speaker who at the end of last year did an amazing TEDx talk…
Goal setting, Calibrating your inner compass
Feb 27 • 29 min
In order to become a more efficient coach, the number one thing that you can do is make sure that you have a clear view of where you’re heading. If you are able to prioritize the right things in your coaching, and in life in general, you increase your…
Dave Tenney on similarities between basketball and football (soccer)
Feb 27 • 41 min
Dave is one of my favorite people to talk coaching with and the first one I asked to be a guest on the Efficient Coach podcast. He has a background playing and coaching soccer, starting his MLS coaching career in Kansas City before spending nine years…
Being a more efficient coach, what does it mean?
Feb 13 • 29 min
In this first ever episode of the Efficient Coach podcast we take a look at what the word efficient means for coaches.