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Northwestern’s Chris Collins and the Power of Positive

by David Jacobson

03.16.2017

We were going to congratulate PCA National Advisory Board Member Chris Collins on Northwestern University’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. But we were so confident that his positive coaching would lead the Wildcats beyond the first round that we decided to wait until we could congratulate him – now – on the team’s first-ever tournament win!

For an example of exactly how Chris uses the Power of Positive, watch the video below. 

In order to boost the confidence of Alex Olah, whose last season with the team was 2015-2016, Collins urged him to repeat the phrase "I'm a BEAST" every time they interacted. Chris shares this story as evidence of the transformative power of coaches believing in players so that players will believe in themselves. 

David heads PCA's marketing communications and content efforts. David has coached his children and many others from elementary school into high school in baseball, softball and basketball and has officiated baseball, softball, basketball and flag football. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota.

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