Pete Carroll describes the first time he noticed he had a unique approach to coaching football.

It was one precise moment.

He was an assistant coach at the University of Pacific. He had just finished a night meeting with the defensive backs and had decided to ask the guys what they needed to work on. Specifically, what things within the drills would they most like help from Pete on.
“We had a great discussion. I was filling up the board with all the guys wishes. It was the best meeting I’ve ever had. Everyone was energized and pumped up.”
After the meeting, Pete went into the head coach’s office to tell him what had happened and the head coach couldn’t believe he had done that. He said “you don’t ever do that, you don’t ever ask your players what they need to work on. You tell them, you’re the coach. I don’t want you to ever do that again.”
Pete said that crushed him and then he thought maybe the head coach didn’t get it because this was really a good thing.
“I realized that connecting with the people and helping them take part in what they are involved in can take you places you can’t get to otherwise.”
Pete’s never been the same since that moment.

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Pete Carroll is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He is a former head coach of the New York JetsNew England Patriots, and the USC Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC). He has a list of accomplishments that provide evidence of his understanding of what it takes to generate repeatable success. He is one of a very small number of coaches who have won both a super bowl and a college national championship in football.

 

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