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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pete Carroll Learns From … Tennis?

You figure the head coach of one the most successful college football programs in the country probably spends his practices imparting the wisdom of his predecessors. You would think he’d be barking out coaching methods from Tom Landry and Bear Bryant on the practice field, and sharing the secrets of Vince Lombardi’s success in the film room. You would think all that but you would be wrong. When it comes to coaching his players, Pete Carroll uses methods he learned from a tennis book. No joke.

He picked up the psychology and philosophy in earnest in the mid-1970s when he was a graduate student at the University of the Pacific. That was when he discovered “The Inner Game of Tennis.”

“It’s all about clearing the clutter in the interactions between your conscious and subconscious mind.”

Right, because there are so many similarities between the physical game of tennis, and the mental game of football. Get ready for every color commentator in America to play this story out in three … two … one …



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