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Paul Assaiante

47: Longest winning streak in NCAA, perspective, and courage

Coach Paul Assaiante knows how to motivate teams for success. As the current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College and the former Men’s Tennis team coach, Paul has motivated top athletes from around the world.

He is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history”, winner of 15 NCAA Championships titles, and 22-year dedication as squash coach.

Paul’s core belief is the need to embrace fear in order to remove obstacles blocking success. He shares his experience and lessons on building teams of champions in his book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear.

Paul brings together the best players from around the world and demonstrates how teammates from diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities can unite as a winning team year after year. He uses his experiences to help leaders in any field embrace collaboration, cultural diversity, and leadership models that encourage employees to give everything they have- every day, and build winning teams.

“We as coaches are nothing more than here to help them (players) learn about themselves through sport so they can be better, more balanced, and more successful people in society later.”

In This Episode:

  • Obsessing over the outcome at an early age
  • Identifying his calling.. to be a college coach
  • Why he’s more fascinated by losing than winning
  • Utilizing practice as a time for failure
  • Why practice is everything
  • Teaching kids to value the process over outcome
  • What proper preparation looks like
  • The awesome power of now
  • Why people fail to perform under the lights
  • Pride vs. ego
  • How he gets in his own way
  • His philosophy… the ship must move forward
  • Observation as his mindfulness practice

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