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Jack Kocur - Mindset of a US Olympic Water Polo Coach

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Date 11.10.2017
Duration 43 Minutes 20 Seconds
Author Chris Pierce
Description In this Brain Waves Performance podcast interview, USA Olympic Water Polo Coach Jack Kocur discusses his experience as an athlete and coach! He discusses what he looks for in the optimal player, shares with us what would surprise you about working with the best water polo players in the world and finally, how the key to success is how you view failure. Jack Kocur is an elite water polo player and coach. As a player he was a first-team All-American and a member of Pepperdine's 1997 national championship team. He also competed in more than 125 international games with the US National Team. In 2008, Kocur was named MPSF Co-Coach of the Year as he led his team to a No. 2 national ranking. As an assistant coach for the USC Men's Water Polo Team, he helped lead the Trojans to their fifth straight NCAA Championship in 2012. As a staff member, Kocur helped the University of the Pacific to the NCAA Championship match in 2013. He became an assistant coach to the US Olympic water polo team in the Spring of 2013. Jack discusses the benefits of sport psychology training and suggests that in order to be successful as a coach you must have some background in the subject. He shares some the the difficulties in compartmentalizing emotions in a sport that is so aggressive and that only by learning to control your mind can you truly be successful. He finishes by discussing the power of learning from failure and that the most successful people have the shortest memories and are able to move on quickly. The Challenge - identify your WHY, write it down and post it on your mirror. Stop and connect with it every single day.
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