Anson Dorrance: Players or the System?

Yesterday we were joined by legendary UNC Chapel Hill Coach Anson Dorrance, to discuss the oldest argument in the game: which is more important, the players or the system. This is a must-watch interview for so many reasons. Firstly, you get an insight into Anson's personality and his ability to tell a story, make people laugh, and hold people's attention. These are things that we don't talk about in coach education but they make a significant difference when you are trying to impact a group of 20-25 players every single day. Another aspect of Anson's personality that jumps out in this is his humility. As he says, he doesn't take himself too seriously, but when he talked about how he is "an expert in competition" rather on the tactical side of the game, you would be forgiven for forgetting that this man has won 21 national titles and a World Championship. Above all, I really enjoyed his take on how he prioritizes character development. Having worked with a few of his former players over the past couple of years, I can definitely say that they have all been impacted by this level of work and focus.


You can watch the full interview here.

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