Ryan Horn on Coaching, Accountability, and Upholding the Standard

Ryan Horn is in his fifth season with the Wake Forest basketball program, and serves as the Demon Deacons’ Director of Athletic Performance.

With previous stops at Robert Morris, Liberty, VCU, and Tulsa, he’s a guy that understands the sport of basketball, and how to build better basketball players.

But beyond the X’s and O’s of training, I feel like Ryan is a guy who truly gets the art of coaching, and that’s what we’re going to focus on this time around.

In this show, Ryan and I talk about how he’s failed as a coach (and the lessons he’s learned from it), why we need to accept more responsibility as coaches, especially with our young athletes, and how to be as impactful as possible in our profession.

Let me be blunt: Ryan is one of the realest guys I’ve ever been around, and I love his honesty, transparency and passion.

He absolutely crushes this show, and I know you’re going to love it. Let’s do this!

Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of what we covered in this week’s show:

  • Shameless Plug: 
  • Show Intro:
    • 14-year wedding anniversary.
    • New turf at IFAST (thanks PLAE!).
    • Coaching 2nd grade girls and pre-K boys soccer.
    • MR’s Monologue: Invest in Yourself.
  • Interview with Ryan:
    • What Ryan’s been up to since the last time we chatted.
    • How his system has evolved over the past year, and the subtle things he’s working to improve upon.
    • The professional failures he’s had, and how he’s grown from them as a coach.
    • The goals he has for his coaching staff his season, and where he’s looking to tighten the screws and get better.
    • An in-depth look at where we’re at as coaches, and what we need to do to get better.
    • The ONE piece of advice he’d give to a young coach to help them enjoy success over the course of their career.
    • Our always popular lightning round where we talk beard game, impactful books, and who has been the biggest influence on him as a coach.

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