GBMWolverine: Mailbag Question -- Michigan Football -- Psychological Side of Coaching

Posted at 6:00am — 10/25/2011

GBMWolverine: Mailbag Question — Michigan Football — Psychological Side of Coaching

Hi Guys,

Under Rich Rodriguez, we saw the team mentally collapse after their first big defeat. I’ve read many posters saying this won’t happen under Coach Hoke.

What is the psychological side of coaching that makes a team mentally strong and able to overcome adversity, and what do you expect Coach Hoke’s staff to do that is different from previous coaches?

David V. L. from Delmar, NY


GBMWolverine Response:

Coach Hoke

There is an old saying in football, team takes on personality of their head coach. Of course, you cannot change overnight, but you can change the mindset right away.

Coaches tend to practice and prep their team, through S&C and spring practices to make them play like they want.

From day one Coach Hoke and staff have preached mental and physical toughness and getting back to Michigan football.

We attended spring practices and it was snowing and raining. Coach Hoke stood at practice in shorts and a polo/T-shirt/half-sleeved windbreaker take your pick. His quote was if I want them to be and play tough than I have to set a good example of showing tough and not be in a parka, gloves, and stocking cap.

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