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How an Olympic Coach Makes Softball Champions [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 4, 2016 1:38:10 PM
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Better People, Better Players

Every softball coach wants to make winners out of his or her players. Coach Candrea just happens to be a seasoned college and Olympic coach in the business of making champions.

With 1,500+ collegiate wins, 24 appearances in the NCAA College World Series, 8 NCAA National Championships, and Gold and Silver Olympic Medals under his belt, we think Coach Mike Candrea is pretty much golden through and through.

And it's NOT just because he's a winner. Coach Candrea epitomizes what it means to be an excellent coach on the field and in life.

"If you try to make your players better people, you'll find that they'll become better players"

-Coach Candrea


When a coach can embody a healthy balance between the game and life surrounding the game, a stunning thing happens: integrity, honor, discipline, and love for the game and for people emerges. 

And Mike Candrea's reach of influence has affected thousands. 

After 30 years of head coaching at University of Arizona, Coach Candrea's legacy marks the softball world like few others. His legacy as an expert coach has taken him to the top level of athletic performance at the Olympic stage, where he has triumphed as a gold and silver medalist. A lifetime of training young people into elite athletes and promoting a lifestyle of integrity, has marked this man as a coach worth imitating. (To be completely blown away by his success rate, check out his bio).

Here we've included some of his techniques that Coach Candrea uses to make champion players.

Coaching with Positive Reinforcement

Tell the player what you want done. NOT what you DON'T want done. Keep it positive.


How to Handle Failure

You have a choice about how you respond. The positive response will get you a lot farther in life, than the negative response. 


Coaching Culture

 Family, Faith, & Finding what you love to do


Making Practice More Efficient

FungoMan Favorite Uses: Finding proper angles on fly balls, Pop Up Communication, & Coaching Creatively 

Didn't know FungoMan had a softball edition? Check it out here.

If you want to challenge your coaching habits, design a practice to develop positive player outlooks and witness the effects of a culture of positive reinforcement. Players want to rise and surpass positive and clear objectives. 

Provide opportunity for personal development, and the athletic performance will sort itself out with hard work and encouragement.

Like Coach Candrea says, "Try to take something from the game, and relate it to some aspect of life. After all the game will end one day, and you'll need to know how to compete in the game of life."


Topics: Coaching, Softball, Softball Coaching, FungoMan, Olympic Softball Team, Mike Candrea, University of Arizona Softball, Softball Practice, Softball Training



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