Ryan Wakefield

Ryan is Chief Editor at Every Day, Getting Better. Ryan has been a basketball coach for over 18 years. Having coached at both the high school and middle school levels, Ryan felt it was time to pass on the stories and quotes that he has used to help motivate his teams. Ryan also contributes to the leadership development programs for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Kevin Durant – Still KD: Through the Noise

Matt Deggs, a coach who gets it

“There is no greater honor than to sacrifice for a brother” – Matt Deggs, Baseball Coach at Sam Houston State. There are just some coaches that you want to play for.  Matt Deggs is one of them.  After a loss that knocked his team out of the NCAA tournament in 2017 – Deggs gets deep.  He talks about love, being a transactional coach and becoming a transformational coach.

Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

Tim Ferriss is not only the voice behind my favorite PodCast – but he is also the presenter in the top TED talk of 2017.  Talking on “fear-setting”, Tim is both vulnerable and uplifting.

Cus D’Amato on Self Control

Cus D’Amato on Self Control

“Boxing is a sport of self-control. You must understand fear so you can manipulate it. Fear is like fire. You can make it work for you: it can warm you in the winter, cook your food when you’re hungry, give you light when you are in the dark, and produce energy. Let it go out of control and it can hurt you, even kill you… Fear is a friend of exceptional people.” – Cus D’Amato

We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.


The Bench Cam with @UFGatorSoccer

The first question says it all – “Who likes being subbed out of the game?” In this great social experiment,  Coach Becky Burleigh talks about putting a camera on her bench to watch the body language of both the players and coaches.  

Trust Builders with @UFGatorSoccer

Coach Becky Burleigh is back with part 2 from her talk in 2015 at What Drives Winning. Players and coaches have to trust each other.  Coach Burleigh shares the different ways that she helped the Gators build team and trust.

Fear and Failure

The Green Dot

Body Language on and off of the court

Body Language on and off of the court

In a recent post game press conference, University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma shared his philosophy on body language.   It’s a great lesson that all young athletes and their parents should hear.  The video is embedded below, but here are a few highlights. “We put a huge premium on body language, and if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game ...[Read More]