One HS Baseball Player’s Story: How to Measure One Swing at a Time

This spring, Fenwick High School Varsity Baseball used a unique approach to measure the behaviors of their hitters. These measurements were taken game-to-game and in real time with the Focus app. Fenwick Coach Chris Stratton shared: “Early in the implementation of...

Measuring Hustle Changes Athlete Behaviors

A men's basketball coach in the Mid-American Conference asked me to do a Focus evaluation on rebounding for their team. He wanted me to track two hustle stats: if players blocked off and if designated players stepped hard to the offensive glass. I evaluated three...

Why you need Focus when you’re Losing

As coaches and leaders, how do we sustain our team's hope and energy in times of struggle and defeat? Unfortunately, this is easier said than done as making a mistake and/or losing a game often results in discouraged athletes, which in turn, creates a cycle of...

The Coach’s ESPN Broadcast Schedule

Did you know Mark Adams (aka The Coach) is also an expert college basketball analyst on ESPN? Well, he is! Mark is currently in his 23rd season with ESPN and has some exciting games coming up. Make sure not to miss them by checking out his 2022 broadcast schedule…

Happy Holidays from The Coach & The Geek

It has been a wonderful year for our families, Lighthouse Technologies, and The Coach and The Geek.  We hope it has been for you too. From Jeff (The Geek) I spent this year learning more about myself, my internal paradigm (as Stephen Covey would call it), and getting...

Inspire your team to see their potential

As leaders, we have an opportunity to help improve the lives of those surrounding us. Whether we are business leaders, community leaders, athletic directors, or coaches, we can and do impact those on our “team.” Whether you are intentional or not, you are…

Focus Transformed a Mid-Major Basketball Player’s Defensive Game

Focus Transformed a Mid-Major Basketball Player’s Defensive Game

Focus is designed to motivate players to emphasize hustle over talent, even when they’re the top scorer, so they’re always playing hard for the betterment of the team, not just traditional stats. That’s exactly what happened for a Mid-Major Men's basketball team. One...

Be Intentional with Hustle by Leveraging Focus: A Case Story

Be Intentional with Hustle by Leveraging Focus: A Case Story

A 6ft 9in player is a major threat on the court. With his wingspan shots can be blocked left and right…right? Not without hustle! Head coach of a high-major team asked us to track close outs with high hands (using Focus) for his team, and we found this particular...

Building a Culture of We in your Organization

Building a Culture of We in your Organization

We talk about this Culture of We a lot, and it’s because at The Coach & The Geek, we believe it’s critical to our success as a company. But we didn’t invent it, and we’re certainly not the first to believe in it. In fact, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from...

Focus and Fenwick: Culture and a Junior Varsity Baseball Team

Focus and Fenwick: Culture and a Junior Varsity Baseball Team

By: Mark AdamsI have been observing the Fenwick JVA baseball team as the head coach (Coach Tyree Foster) and his two assistant coaches (Coach Matt Davenport and Coach Robert Hanes) are now tracking hustle stats. The coaches are positively focused, and both assistant...

TIAAA 2021 + The Coach & The Geek

TIAAA 2021 + The Coach & The Geek

Over 100 high school athletic directors and leaders attended the TIAAA conference April 18-20, 2021, in Murfreesboro, TN. Our very own Mark Adams and Jeff Van Fleet (aka The Coach & The Geek), keynoted Monday night followed by a breakout session Tuesday morning,...

Hustle Recap: NCAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Championships

Hustle Recap: NCAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Championships

Focus, an app designed to measure hustle, was built by Mark Adams and Jeff Van Fleet, co-authors of The Coach & The Geek: Building a Kick-butt Culture. It was designed with intention to measure concentration and effort instead of traditional analytics based on...

Can you be a great coach and have a losing record?

Can you be a great coach and have a losing record?

As a leader of a business team or technology team, does the end result justify the means? I often meet with business leaders who are focused on outcomes and many tolerate their flawed process because they are “good enough”. By what standard? How good is good enough?...

What Role does Honesty Play in Culture?

What Role does Honesty Play in Culture?

Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to do a few video podcasts with a Missouri State University business class based on our book The Coach and The Geek: Building a Kick-Butt Culture. I was asked to describe the role that honesty plays in creating a strong culture. I...

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