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Winning the Mental Game
December 5, 2012 12:26 PM
To help with the pressures of the job in college sports, Aberman said he teaches mental toughness, which he defined as, "Who we are, what we want to be, and where we're headed."
Bringing out the Best in Your Team
Rick Aberman, Minnesota Twins, University of Minnesota
John Anderson, University of Minnesota
Jon LeCrone, Horizon League
"You are the one expected to lead," Aberman told Anderson. "Let's start with you."
Among his many changes, Anderson said his teams at Minnesota no longer have captains. "We expect everyone to be responsible for the leadership of our team," he said. Anderson said his work with Aberman "salvaged my career and made me a better coach."Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone hired Aberman to be a consultant for his athletic directors. When Butler left the Horizon for the ACC, LeCrone was bombarded with questions about how the conference could survive without its best basketball team. "The fundamental questions were, Who are we and want do we want to be"? LeCrone said. "This is where the work with Rick helped. We're going to define ourselves. The media is not going to define us. This is our approach as we consider expanded membership."
LeCrone encouraged all the administrators at the conference to consider work with a psychologist, and to "live, learn and grow."