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SGG episode #3: Wisconsin softball coach Yvette Healy develops competitors


Coaches are important educational leaders in our schools, communities, and universities. The Sport and the Growing Good (SGG) podcast provides embedded, front-line insights on winning and positive development. The SGG podcast can be heard here and on all major podcast platforms.


Yvette Healy is the head softball coach at the University of Wisconsin. She’s led the team to great heights. In this episode of the SGG podcast, we discussed:

1. The value of small group practice sessions;

2. Why an indoor dirt field is important;

3. Her daily routine – splitting time between the office and the field;

4. One of her coaching models, Eugene Lenti;

5. Building a competitive atmosphere;

6. Developing belief on a team;

7. Designing practices that are fun and competitive;

8. Struggle is a biological requirement for greatness;

9. Making players uncomfortable in drills;

10. What coaches can learn from watching kids run the bases;

11. The best advice she received from Barry Alvarez;

12. Being more present to the team;

13. Having “side-to-side” conversations with players;

14. Modeling self-challenge;

15. Building relationships off the field with the coaching staff.