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Lessons in Leadership with Olympic Athlete, Holly McPeak

Wow, I’m so excited to introduce you to professional beach volleyball player and Olympic medalist—Holly McPeak—on episode 042 of my leadership podcast.

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Holly McPeak has quite the resume, including:

  • 72 career titles
  • Is among the top three most winningest woman in pro beach volleyball history
  • 2004 Olympic Bronze medalist with partner, Elaine Youngs
  • One of only five women worldwide to participate in three Olympics in beach volleyball
  • Elected to the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2009

She was an amazing athlete and leader on the court and now is so giving as a coach, mentor, and role model to thousands of young women trying to make their own mark on the sport of beach volleyball.

I’m fortunate to call Holly a friend and am so grateful for the mentor she is to my daughter, Corinne, as she pursues her passion for beach volleyball. 

This episode of Garage to Goliath | Leaders Building Legacies is jammed pack with leadership lessons for student athletes, players, parents, and coaches alike.

For the players and student athletes, listen to Holly McPeak:

  • Explain the character traits of a champion [2:35]
  • Share what she learned from volleyball legend, Gene Selznick, at the 1996 Olympics [3:19]
  • Define what she looks for in athletes off the court [5:05]
  • Empower you to advocate for yourself!
  • Teach you to learn and live a “next play” mindset [15:51]
  • Equip you with self awareness—your body language really does matter [20:09]
  • Talk with Dan about being a “pointer” [20:47]
  • Learn how great players communicate on the court [22:15]
  • Reveal huge red flags to avoid [24:45]

For the sports parents, how are you leading? Listen to learn:

  • A cautionary tale to parents—you might be hurting your player [30:47]
  • The importance of rest for your athlete [35:15]
  • From Holly the most frustrating things parents do [36:44]
  • The parental behavior that is actually hurting your athlete’s success [39:27]
  • Actions parents can take to enhance the athlete’s journey [41:09]
  • How to practice your “resting cardio” as a parent [43:24]

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 Coaches, there is something for you too. Hear Holly talk about:

  • Why positive coaching is so important [47:49]
  • Her personal coaching philosophy [4929]
  • How she coaches athletes that have raw talent but the wrong attitude [53:17]
  • Are you a yeller? [57:13]

Listen, learn, and lead—on and off the court!

Links from episode 042 of Garage to Goliath | Leaders Building Legacies podcast:

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