Up Close In Personnel with Alex Brown

Alex Brown

The recruiting process can be a daunting challenge and difficult experience for recruits, their parents and their coaches. In this show, it is our goal to flip that script, to peel back the curtain and empower recruits with insider information to create more transparency in an increasingly cloudy environment. Hosted by Director of Recruiting at Rice University, Alex Brown, Up Close in Personnel will be inviting other industry expert's from across the country to cover all topics involving recruiting and the evaluation process.

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Up Close In Personnel - The Introduction
Ep. 56 - Carina Hargreaves - The Return of Gameday Visits & What Colleges Recruiters Look ForEp. 55 - Bryan Carrington - Making the Move from Recruiting to CoachingEp. 54 - Russ Lande - Learning and Teaching the Scouting ProcessEp. 53 - Zach Brandon - How to Evaluate, Train & Develop Mental SkillsEp. 52 - Luke Fedlam - Breaking Down The New "NIL" World of College Athletics
We've all known that NIL rules would be coming into effect for quite some time and now that the time has arrived here in July of 2021, I figured it was time to bring in an expert to weigh in!   For those unfamiliar, NIL (which stands for "name, image and likeness") now allows athletes to capitalize on their name, image and likeness in ways previously not allowed. Players are able to seek marketing representation or advisory, participate in marketing or branding off their own likeness, open a business, start a camp or clinic, or engage in non-profit activity.   It's a big step in the right direction in allowing athletes to prepare themselves for the real world, but there needs to be education to avoid potential pitfalls.   That's where someone like our guest, Luke Fedlam comes in for support. He's had over 15 years of experience working with professional athletes in representing (or protecting as he says throughout the episode) their marketing interests. On the show, Luke brings valuable insight on defining what the rules are today, trends through the first month of NIL and lessons on what to look for in contracts.   The Timeline: 5:00 - "This is what I wanted" & Luke's Passion for NIL 9:15 - Luke's "Aha" Moment for NIL Education 13:00 - "Without using your job title, who are you?" 19:40 - Branding Advice: Character & Authenticity 25:00 - Defining NIL & What It Means 28:50 - Early Trends in the First Month of NIL 35:34 - The Role of Athletic Departments, Compliance and Advisors in NIL Education 41:46 - Lessons Learned from Zion Williamson's Contract 48:36 - Wanting to be President of the US as a kid   To find and follow Luke Fedlam's work, check him out on Twitter at @LukeFedlam! Also, the interview by Columbus CEO that was referenced in this episode can be found at the following link - "In the new world of NIL, Luke Fedlam guides athletes on money, deals and the future"!   Thank you for taking time to listen, please let me know what you thought of the show and don't forget to leave a review after you drop that 5-star rating!
Jul 24 2021
53 mins
Ep. 51 - Jake Langi - Finding Your Value & The Winning Attitude of GratitudeEp. 50 - Alex Brown - Recapping The Return of Recruiting & The Month of June for Recruiting CoordinatorsEp. 49 - Brandon Wilson - The Player's Perspective: Talking Recruiting Process & Being a Great Teammate
Joined this week by one of my former players - Brandon Wilson, a kick returner extraordinaire and defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals - we talk through his football career to date and walks through pivotal moments along his journey.   Becoming a father during the pandemic and fighting to prove his worth to the Bengals in the final year of his rookie contract, we started out by discussing the challenges and stresses that the 2020 season brought.   More than anything, Brandon simply cares about other people. Whether that's being close to his family and keeping them healthy, or looking out for his teammates, the conversation always deflected praise to others. I really have a ton of respect for this young man and it was a blast to talk through his early days in the game, high school recruiting process, college experience and current NFL day-to-day grind.   Something I wanted to harp on was Brandon's overall character and getting a glimpse into his mindset, as it's important to be able to recognize high character, high performers when you see them.   Here are some key qualities of Brandon that I wanted to highlight from our conversation: 1. Be coachable "I never talked back to a coach." Always the first in line and attentive to detail, Brandon takes pride in how coachable he is as a player. 2. Put the team first No matter what position he was put in, Brandon only wanted to be the best teammate he could be and help his team succeed. 3. Do the right things off the field "We all know what's right. Just make the right decision." This one is self-explanatory, but as a collegiate athlete (and now NFL athlete) the spotlight shines brightest on you. The same can be applied for coaches and scouts alike. 4. Commit to recovery That looks like long contrast baths, eating healthy (no fried food or pork for B-Wil) and 8 hours of sleep. To perform at a high level, you've got to focus on keeping yourself healthy and rejuvenated (both as an athlete and as a coach)   With camp season right around the corner and recruits getting ready to step foot on college campuses, I felt it would be timely to have someone with an elite mindset like B-Wil to talk shop with! Let me know what you thought of the show and don't forget to leave a review after you drop that 5-star rating!   To find and follow Brandon Wilson, check him out on Instagram and Twitter at @ItsBWilson_!
May 30 2021
54 mins
Ep. 48 - Gaizka Crowley - From FCS to FBS Recruiting & Launching the DPP Spring Clinic
As we head into a new year on the show, I've decided to circle back with previous guests of the show that have risen to new roles since their last appearance.   Last week we checked up on Eric Galko and his new gig with the Shrine Bowl (click here to listen to that episode), and now we shift gears back to college recruiting and Gaizka Crowley!   Gaizka, who last appeared on the episode 8 to talk about the differences between FCS and FBS Recruiting, now is the Director of Player Personnel at UNLV and as real influencer in the college football personnel space. Teaming up with a host of sponsors (including Up Close In Personnel's OFFICIAL SPONSOR - War Room) and Nevada-Reno's Director of Recruiting - Lucas Gauthier (you can follow him on Twitter at @Lgauthier_), Gaizka is spearheading the first ever, DPP Spring Clinic.   This professional development opportunity is a big topic of discussion on this show, and will be commencing May 27-May 28 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV!   The format of the clinic will be panel-based, roundtable discussions led by thought leaders in the industry and recruiting/personnel members from across the country. Gaizka's main focus was to create an engaging, networking opportunity for people in the industry as we currently lack the connectivity that the coaching industry seems to have.   During the episode, there were some great nuggets on how Gaizka is approaching his new position at UNLV and also how he attacks job interview opportunities. Here are some key takeaways from the show:   On preparing for the interview, Gaizka works off a portfolio template that covers many things on the program he's interested in but two things stood out to me: Evaluate the most recent signing class (in as much detail as possible; he creates full, one page reports)Breakdown their recruiting "heat map", identifying their hot and cold spots (regionally) across the country, along with where there are potential market inefficiencies/areas to get more involved in geographically  In addition to more insight into how to prepare for the interview, Gaizka closed with stressing the importance of hitting home three key points. Know your strengths, know the language the team is speaking and their vision for the program, and don't try to do too much. To give an example of Gaizka's three main things, he brings up three traits that he will bring to the building every single day: Unbelievable OrganizationNo EgoGratitude  And before you ask someone for a job or toss out your resume, ask yourself one question - "How can I provide value to this person?" "What problem can I solve for them?" Then go out and execute!   It was another awesome episode with a great friend and impressive individual in the industry; to find and follow Gaizka, head over to Twitter @Gaizka_UNLV!   To sign up for the DPP Spring Clinic and get more information, also be sure to follow @FBPersonnel on Twitter!
May 22 2021
47 mins
Ep. 47 - Eric Galko - Taking on the East-West Shrine Game & Asking the Next, Right Questions in Scouting
In an encore performance, Eric Galko (previously featured on Ep. 26 of the show) breaks down his new exciting position as Director of Football Operations and Player Personnel with the East-West Shrine Game! Getting the shrine game was always a target of Eric's for more than just the football aspect, as a premiere all-star event for NFL scouts but primarily for its impact on the community and the Shriner's Hospital. As Eric details his job responsibilities, you can see that putting an all-star game together is much more than fielding a team of draft-eligible studs from across the country. Eric broke it down by simply stating he has 7 days or 168 hours to work with, so he's focused on three main things:  1. Players and teams will be able to meet in a very organized and professional manner (for interviews)  2. Players will be receiving first class treatment with meals, recovery technologies, etc.  3. Creating time and space for community events, specifically the Shriner's Hospital visit Moving onto the picking of players and building his boards, it's amazing to hear that Eric and his crew are already finishing up with the 2023 NFL Draft class. His focus, echoed throughout the show, has been and will continue to be eliminating bias in the process.  How do you do that? Be detailed, thorough and accurate with the background profiling of prospects, knowing who they are, where they're from and objectively assessing the athletic measurables. In talking through how he and his staff at Optimum Scouting are able to work so far ahead on underclassman, Eric repeated a mantra that earned the show its title and that is "know which question to ask next". You can have too much information as a scout and it's important to know when to put the book down. After you've fully evaluated the prospect, know what is your next question to answer and monitor that question or the development you're waiting to see.  From there, we touched on the fundamentals he teaches his scouts when evaluating players, what a "Demar Derozan-jumper" is in the scouting world, and how Eric stays up to speed on what is winning in the NFL today! It was a blast to record, as always with someone like Eric, and you can follow him on Twitter at @EricGalko! Thanks for tuning in, be sure to check out UpCloseInPersonnel.com for show notes/updates and have a blessed weekend!
May 15 2021
43 mins
Ep. 46 - Matt Waldman - Honing Your Craft as an Evaluator: The Art and Science of Scouting
With the 2021 NFL Draft in the books, I decided to get my good friend - Matt Waldman on the show to discuss his process as an evaluator and how he's developed his craft in scouting.   Whether you're working at the high school, college or pro levels of football, we all must be able to identify, evaluate and project talent to an extent.   Matt, a former aspiring musician, writer and call center director, put the lessons he learned in the real world into practice and taught himself over the past 20+ years on how to assess NFL Draft talent.   Creator of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio, Matt turns out the most comprehensive publication of NFL prospect analysis at all skill positions. Targeting fantasy footballers at the start, Matt's grown into one of the more respected evaluators in the NFL Draft sphere and I have a ton of respect for the work he does. If you have interest in checking out this year's post-draft edition of the RSP, click here for details.   As for the episode, we went deep into the weeds on developing a personal process for film watching, how we take notes, writing reports on players, self-evaluating previous misses, what compensating factors look like for prospects, defining the "IT Factor" and so much more in the episode.   What jumped out to me on this conversation was Matt's desire to accomplish two things in his scouting process: Define everything:When you define EVERYTHING that you evaluate and what you are seeing, you create consistency in communication across the organization. From the grading scale, to the traits, to how you define different levels of talent, you've got to be on the same page as an organization on "how you want to build it". Ask the right questions: Constantly evaluate hits and misses, and ask the difficult "why" questions. If you can't answer those, then it's time to reassess your process. The "what am I missing" mentality is critical to self improvement as a scout.   Also in the episode, you get a glimpse into Matt's personal growth and how he was able to teach himself over time how to scout. The quick bullet points for anyone wanting to grow as a talent evaluator: Watch as much film as possible: Matt described it as a game of "eye spy" early onWhen you come across things you don't know, seek the info: books, clinics, conversations, etc.Revisit your previous evaluations, see what you missed ("what am I missing" mindset)Be humble and open minded to learn from other evaluators that see it differently   The inflection point of missing on Dak Prescott's evaluation, might have been my favorite part of the show as Matt detailed his process, what he saw initially in Dak, how he grades traits in draft prospects and where he went wrong. The sign of a good scout is the awareness to know when you missed and learning from that mistake, and Matt breaks it all down for us.   Another great nugget of scouting wisdom, was Matt's description of compensatory factors and what he calls "winning combinations". There's more than one way to skin a cat, whereas one player may have a "breadth of talent" (wide range of solid skills) and another may have a "depth of talent" (limited range of excellent skill). This part of the show really goes to show that scouting is not an "inexact science", but rather a craft that includes a blend of both art and science.   In detailing that art and science, Matt uses the analogies of a chef and baker to breakdown two types of athletes: task oriented and creative. A baker locks into a process, follows every step to the "T" and requires the right environment, while a chef has the ability to work off schedule and improvise.   Listen to this one and I'm sure you'll have even more notes from this conversation. If you're obsessed with learning about the player evaluation process, this episode will be right down your alley. Hope you enjoyed it and see you all next week!   Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter at @MattWaldman, and don't forget to visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com for full show notes on all of our previous recordings!
May 8 2021
1 hr 32 mins
Ep. 45 - Wade Phillips - Insights from a Coaching Legend on the NFL Draft Process
Apr 29 2021
51 mins
Ep. 44 - Mike Tannenbaum - A GM's Perspective on Team Building & the NFL Draft
For Episode 44, the second in our NFL Draft series for season #3, it was an honor and privilege to have a former NFL General Manager on the other end of the call! Mike Tannenbaum, former NFL executive, current NFL Front Office insider for ESPN and founder of The 33rd Team joined the show to share his insights on team building and the NFL Draft!   Boiling down his former role behind the wheel of a couple NFL franchises, Mike dropped this gem of a quote in saying that a GM is "The point guard of information." Phrases like organizational alignment, value and team needs peppered a conversation that zoomed in and zoomed out on the lessons Mike's learned from his experiences in the league.   Topics Covered in This Week's Show: The 33rd Team - An NFL Think Tank that approaches the draft like any other NFL organizationThe Value of Metrics in Draft Prospect Valuation - IE: arm length value, relative to positionMike's Book on how to run an NFL Franchise & Shifts in Positional Values over the last 5 yearsFamily Business - End of the Day Personnel Meetings between Parcells and TannenbaumWarroom & Front Office Stories from Mike's days as a JetAdvice for young, passionate people in the personnel space If you're not already subscribed to The 33rd team, click the link above and do it for your own football knowledge. To find and follow Mike's work, check him out on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @RealTannenbaum, visit The33rdTeam.com or tune into ESPN's NFL Draft coverage this coming week!   Last but not least, Up Close In Personnel is brought to you by Warroom! Used by teams in every P5 conference, all the way down to the high school level, they have packages that will take your program to the next level! For more information, as mentioned in the show, reach out to Moose Bingham at (801) 808-7754 or go to www.collegewarroom.com for more information!   For full show notes and links, head over to the official website of Up Close In Personnel with Alex Brown & I'll see you all next week!
Apr 24 2021
29 mins
Ep. 43 - Dane Brugler - Ranking the Top Quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft
In a repeat appearance, we are fortunate to have the likes of Dane Brugler jump on air with us to talk through a STACKED 2021 NFL Draft class of quarterbacks!   This episode will kick off season 3 for "Up Close In Personnel with Alex Brown," and the goal is to spotlight evaluating and scouting around the NFL Draft from a variety of bright minds and perspectives across the league! Stay tuned for more draft-centric content as we near the 2021 NFL Draft and enjoy this week's material!   Topics covered in this week's show: Dane's Annual NFL Draft guide, aka "The Beast"Is Trevor Lawrence truly a "Generational Talent"?How should scouts separate skill from scheme & supporting cast? Ex. 1 - Mac Jones & the perfect situation (elite OL, run game & playcaller)Ex. 2 - Zach Wilson & how he can't control the opponents he playsEx. 3 - Justin Fields & the impressiveness in Ryan Day's playcallingEx. 4 - Trey Lance & the low passing volume of NDSU offense Why is Zach Wilson entrenched at the #2 slot on Dane's board? "The single trait that separates great quarterbacks from good quarterbacks is the ability to make the great, spontaneous decision, especially at a crucial time." - Bill Walsh What makes Trey Lance so exciting as a prospect? High IQ and FBI, exceptional physical traits in terms of arm talent and mobility Debating the #3 Overall Pick for the Niners: Making the case for Justin Fields - elite traits and high ceiling Making the case for Mac Jones - arguably most accurate passer & best decision maker The Uniqueness of the 2021 NFL Draft Potential to be the first draft where QB's go 1, 2, 3, and 4 overallAlso, potential to be first draft with 5 QB's in the Top 10 overall picks It was a fun episode to record, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and I want to thank our first sponsor of the show - Warroom for backing us at Up Close In Personnel! Used by teams in every P5 conference, all the way down to the high school level, they have packages that will take your program to the next level! For more information, as mentioned in the show, reach out to Moose Bingham at (801) 808-7754 or go to www.collegewarroom.com for more information!   To find and follow Dane's work, check him out on Twitter at @dpbrugler, and be sure to visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com for complete show notes and listening links!
Apr 17 2021
35 mins
Ep. 42 - Ed Jones - Going Beyond The Field
In this episode with returning guest - Ed Jones, we take a deep dive into what player development looks like from the structure and programming, all the way down to specific examples and success stories of former student athletes he's worked with!   Generational impact is the foundation of the "Beyond The Field" Program, and we start things off with what inspired Ed to launch the program publicly and help so many player development professionals in the process.   As mentioned in the show, Ed made the jump from Kansas to Baylor since our last recorded conversation and we discuss what his new role as Assistant AD for Player Development looks like! His responsibilities include mentoring student athletes, working lockstep with Head Coach Dave Aranda to establish Baylor's culture, and being the glue between staff and players.   The first main takeaway for this episode, is the importance of EDUCATING student athletes in their first year on campus - aka "Newcomer Orientation" Who are the people in our football program? Athletic department? On campus?How will those people interact, engage and impact the experience of your players?Where is everything located? Are we providing them answers to the test or tools to survive & thrive?What are program expectations, standards, etc.? You have to educate before you hold them accountable. Continuing on that path of development, Ed broke down the three PILLARS OF DEVELOPMENT Personal Wellness -helping players grow as young adults & prepare for success in lifeCommunity Impact -creating opportunities for players to help impact others in the communityCareer Development -providing tools, resources & guidance for success professionallyWithin each of these pillars, we break down different aspects of what Ed describes as the "Learning Process" for student athletes. That is, what the progression of development should look like from freshman year to senior year.   I really enjoyed recording this one, not only because Ed is one of my best friends, but also because of his deep knowledge of this field. No matter what route we took, he had experiences, examples and stories to draw upon.   If you're interested in purchasing the "Beyond The Field" eBook, please visit Ed's website - BTFProgram.com - and follow him on Twitter at @EdJones2! Lastly, check back with UpCloseInPersonnel.com each week for updates, notes and links! Enjoy!
Apr 9 2021
1 hr 27 mins
Ep. 41 - Brett Arkelian - Recruiting 101 for Specialists & How Colleges Evaluate Kickers
As I thought about this week's podcast, I realized we hadn't yet covered the wide world of special teams and recruiting specialists!   Quoting the great Rich Eisen, "Punters are people too!" and we intend to cover all things related to recruiting on this show.   Breaking down the recruiting process and more specifically what college recruiters look for in kickers, we are joined by Rice's Special Teams Graduate Assistant - Brett Arkelian. During this episode we talked through Brett's unique experience of going through the recruiting process as a high school, junior college and graduate transfer prospect.   We covered a lot of topics that will help recruits and recruiters alike throughout the episode, starting with the importance of mental training: As a kicker, you will have to deal with failure and adversity; be prepared for that moment and put yourself in difficult training circumstances so that moment doesn't overwhelm you.Secondly, you have to incorporate visualization into your process. Visualize yourself in the environment, walk through the steps mentally and rehearse the big moment until it's just another moment.Lastly, you'll notice the chip on Brett's shoulder as he even came up with his own acronym - FEWSIC. "For everyone who said I can't" is Brett's way of using the opinions of others as self motivation, and I loved it. Focus on being positive, but you can also use the doubts of others as fuel for your own internal fire. When it comes to emailing, researching and reaching out to colleges, here are three quick tips for recruits out there (and this also applies to coaches or recruiters seeking employment from colleges): Email at the very end or at the very beginning of a work day, as you're email will be the first one a coach seesMake a good impression with the secretary and be consistent in reaching outFocus on quality over quantity in your communication: personalize the message, find common ground, etc.Also, here are five things that college recruiters need to assess when evaluating kickers: Consistent, linear swing planeSmooth in the approachLimit in backswingLocked out kicking foot (plantar flexion)Height on the ballThis was an awesome episode to record, and I hope you learned as much as I did about kicking after listening through! To find and follow Brett's work, be sure to visit his website The Kicker's Bible | Iceman Kicking! Check out his podcast, the "Iceman Kicking Podcast" and pick up his ebook - "The Kicker's Bible!"   Thanks for listening and you can always visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com for complete show notes and listening links!
Mar 19 2021
1 hr 9 mins
Ep. 40 - Adrian Mayes - Leadership Lessons: Creating a Culture of Ownership & Accountability
The first person to give me a shot in college football recruiting, Adrian Mayes to this day is one of closest friends and mentors in the industry!   In this week's show, we take a deep dive into the mindset Adrian had when he took over the recruiting department at the University of Houston and peel back the layers of his approach to recruiting!   Starting off the show, we discussed what Adrian looked for when hiring interns. As he prepared for the role of director, he mentions that he studied the Ohio State and Alabama recruiting models for guidance.   What he looks for, is pretty simple and boils down to two points: Look for people smarter than youFind people with true passion and personality   As you will notice through the rest of the show, Adrian takes pride in entrusting role and responsibility to his interns in order to create ownership within the department.   That brings us to the next big topic covered, which is how to create a team atmosphere in the recruiting department: It all starts with ownership in what you're doing -taking pride in your workAnd secondly, it takes accountability  Accountability, which is covered throughout this episode, is obviously enforced by the superior but needs to be reinforced by the individuals within the department. No different than a player-led team, you need your front line workers to hold each other to standards set by the supervisor.   When it comes to recruiting, there were a lot of takeaways as it pertains to the evaluation side of the business as well.   For Adrian, he is adamant about watching every player that high school coaches send your way. There are no such things as diamonds in the rough anymore with the proliferation of film and exposure, but you can miss out on players if you don't take the time to sit down and watch them.   Also covered was the topic of intangibles and evaluating the learning capabilities of a given recruit.   You can't take all exceptions with less than prototypical measurables, but it is extremely important to keep an open mind for the really good football players that love the game. If you like the player, be thorough about what he can and can't do, and see if he has traits to overcome those limitations.   In the words of Cincinnati Bengals DPP Duke Tobin, "The art of scouting is what deficiencies do you accept? Everybody is looking for the same positives…"   With regards to assessing a recruit's ability to learn ball and pick up concepts, Adrian does a great job of explaining how he teaches a recruit a specific concept, asks the recruit to teach the concept back to him and watches closely how the recruit executes those actions. Is he taking notes? After listening and taking notes, how does he retain and regurgitate the information? How was he taught by his coaches? What concepts can he articulate back to the coach? Etc.   All this and more is covered on the show, and it was a ton of fun to hit that record button! You can follow Adrian on Twitter at @CoachAMayes, and be sure to visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com for complete show notes and listening links!
Mar 7 2021
41 mins
Ep. 39 - Vincent Marshall - Asking Better Questions & Knowing What to Look For in Recruiting
Joined by my good friend and former colleague, Vincent Marshall, this episode is as good as it gets in terms of recruiting knowledge!   A big takeaway from the show is Vincent's genuine approach to life and football.   Starting off the day with a positive tweet, getting into the office at 4:30am and being authentic in building relationships with players and coaches, his approach is one we all can learn from.   To kick the show off, he discussed what lessons in recruiting he's taken from his own personal journey as a dual sport athlete.   For the potential walk-on recruit: Focus on working hard regardless of the outcomeBe prepared to not play a down and, if you give it your all and leave with a degree, you'll have no regrets   When it comes to the recruiting process, Vincent's step-by-step advice will be applicable to recruit and recruiter alike.   After building his list through highlight tapes, it's important to determine how a player is built mentally. Here are the questions that Vincent is asking high school coaches?   Will he block? Is that something he tries to be good at? (Evaluate film of this as well)How are his grades? Does he perform in the classroom?When coached hard, how does he respond? Ask scenario based questions to encourage the coach to paint a picture.  Next, we talked through "Profile Tapes" and what those are in recruiting departments. Highlights are supposed to look good, just like filters on social media.   Here are some quick tips on creating these hit tapes: Find the stats if availablePick out the player's best and worst three games of the seasonSelect 30 clips from each of those games, breaking down why it was one of his best or worst gamesBe sure to evaluate effort away from the ball, interactions pre/post-snap, blocking, special teams and if he's playing on both sides of the ball  Lastly, Vincent went through how he evaluates a prospect's social media: Look at the "Likes" section; what's important to them?What do they tweet about and does it align with how he speaks to you as the recruiter in your relationship  All in all, this was a great episode to learn about a person I look up to, respect and appreciate for how much he has helped me in my own journey as a college recruiter.   You can follow Vincent on Twitter at @CoachMarshall, and be sure to visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com for complete show notes and listening links!
Feb 18 2021
48 mins
Ep. 38 - Marco Regalado - The "TikTok Coach" & his journey to College Football Recruiting
This is a show I've wanted to record ever since the middle of the pandemic! Due to NCAA rules, I am unable to record with current high school coaches (that are associated with recruits) BUT.... now that Marco Regalado has been named a Recruiting Analyst with Washington State University, we now are graced by his presence!   Jumping on the show after driving nearly 2,000 miles from the DFW to Pullman, Washington, Marco made time this weekend to talk about his amazing path from high school coach to college football recruiter.   In this episode, we cover everything from how Marco makes his viral TikTok videos to his love for the game of football and desire to help other people. What I enjoyed most about the conversation is how genuine Coach Regalado is as a person, how he embraces all of his past experiences and plans to put those lessons to use at the next level!   When giving advice to college football recruiters in dealing with high school coaches, here are two main points made my Marco: 1. Follow up with everyone! Good, bad, or indifferent, let the coach know you watched their prospects. Whether or not you sign the player is irrelevant, the coach just needs to be able to provide his player with constructive feedback. 2. Don't Ask Who's Offered! First off (we didn't say this on the show), you can easily check 247, Rivals, Twitter or ask the kid. Second, you have to trust your eyes and not your ears as an evaluator. Evaluate the student athlete and then do your investigative work. As far as presenting yourself on social media as a college recruiter, Marco also gave great advice for how to put your best foot forward: Don't be vulgar -it's not attractive and not professional at allBe weary of opinions -you're representing more than just yourselfBe yourself and have fun -don't take yourself too seriously! I know Marco is going to do great things at the college level and I hope you took something away from this episode! You can follow him on Twitter at @CoachRegalado, and easily find him on TikTok!   For show notes and links, be sure to visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com, and thanks again for tuning in!
Feb 14 2021
36 mins
Ep. 37 - Joan Ryan - Unlocking The Concept of Team Chemistry
In this episode, we take a deep dive into Joan Ryan's new book "Intangibles" and break down what team chemistry truly is.   Chemistry isn't simply defined or contained, but there are two distinct types of chemistry -social and task chemistry. Social chemistry is what we commonly think of, in terms of social and emotional connectivity. Task chemistry is all about the job and having complete trust in your teammate on the field. Complete task chemistry is that "foxhole" mentality and pride in playing for one another.   And to create true chemistry, there are three stages that Joan outlines from the military model: Trust: This is a foundational piece to Joan's philosophy on team chemistry, as no meaningful relationships can come about without the establishment of trust. We must begin by trusting our teammates and proving our own personal trustworthiness.  Bonding: The second step is bonding. Once trust is established, we are able to create a bond through the hardships and adversity we face as a team. The power of bonding and love for your teammates is the strongest binding force for team chemistry and togetherness.  Commitment: The final stage is commitment, and not commitment to simply a goal or vision but a commitment to each other. The "Just Us" mindset of the Golden State Warriors was Joan's prime example of a team committed to one another.   Within teams, there's also a variety of roles that leaders must be aware of so that they can communicate and lead at a high level. In "Intangibles", Joan lists seven archetypes that we detail on the show but it's not as simple as selecting a set number of archetypes.   Team chemistry is not like actual chemistry in that there's a specific formula for success. As stated in the book, "His role on the field is prescribed… His role in the clubhouse is not. He has to discover it. He gathers signals from teammates about what they value in him. They don't know they're filling a role. They just do it."   I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did in recording it, and encourage you as the listener to pick up her book "Intangibles" and follow Joan on Twitter at @JoanRyan.   For show notes and links, be sure to visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com, and thanks again for tuning in!
Jan 31 2021
1 hr 8 mins