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Transformative Leadership, Culture Development, and Winning the Inner Game in Sports

August 21 @ 8:00 am August 22 @ 5:00 pm

Dr. Jerry Lynch (author of The Competitive Buddha) will host Way of Champions’ upcoming transformative coaching conference.

Event Details:


Transformative Leadership, Culture
Development, and Winning the Inner Game in Sports
August 21-22, 2021

Have you ever wondered how the world’s most successful coaches build winning teams year after year? Have you ever wondered how top coaches build lasting relationships with their athletes that stand the test of time and bear the burden of truth required in an elite coach/athlete relationship? Don’t you wish you could spend a weekend learning the secrets of the world’s most successful teams and leaders? 

Now you can. And since we are going virtual in 2021, we decided to invite a few of our friends, including:

Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors Head Coach, 8x NBA Champion
Tara VanDerveer: Stanford Women’s Basketball, 3x NCAA Champion
Brad Stevens: Former Boston Celtics and Butler University Head Coach
Cindy Timchal: 8x NCAA Champion Lacrosse Coach, US Naval Academy
George Mumford: Mindfulness Coach for Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers
Anson Dorrance: 22x NCAA/World Cup Champion, UNC Womens Soccer
Jenny Levy: 2x NCAA Champions, Team USA Lacrosse Head Coach
Quin Snyder: Utah Jazz Head Coach, 2021 NBA All Star Head Coach

Thats right, all of these incredible coaches and leaders have committed to being a part of our event and to teach a specific aspect of leadership development, team culture, mindfulness, and beyond to you over two jam packed days, August 21-22, 2021. ALL SESSIONS WILL BE RECORDED AND PROVIDED TO YOU AS A FULL COURSE AFTER THE WEEKEND, SO IF YOU MISS ANYTHING OR TIME ZONES DO NOT LINE UP, YOU ARE OK!

Your Conference Hosts:

Dr. Jerry Lynch is the founder of Way of Champions, and has been part of 39 national and world championship teams, from the Golden State Warriors to Maryland and UNC Lacrosse, UConn Field Hockey, Middlebury Tennis, and UNC Women’s Soccer. He is the author of 14 books on leadership, championship culture, and coaching/parenting to win in sport and life. John O’Sullivan is the author of two bestselling books on youth sports, and the founder of the Changing the Game Project, a movement to transform youth sports and educate parents, coaches and sports leaders to create the right environments for their athletes to perform their very best. Together John and Jerry host the Way of Champions Podcast, which over the last four years has become one of the most popular sports coaching podcasts in the world.

So, are you ready to take your coaching, your teaching, and your teams to the next level? Read below and see what you get. 

AGENDA (subject to change. All sessions will be recorded and provided to attendees after the event)

Saturday, August 21: (all times USA Pacific Standard Time)

  • 8am-12pm: The Leadership Secrets of Transformational Coaches
  •  – John O’Sullivan and Jerry Lynch: “Strategies to Connect and Engage with Your Athletes”
  • – Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz: “Winning the Relationship Game” followed by breakout and reflection rooms
  • – Jenny Levy, UNC Womens Lacrosse: “Recruiting and Developing Leaders in your Program” followed by breakout and reflection rooms
  • 12pm-1pm: Lunch with 2021 NCAA Champion Tara Vanderveer, Stanford BB
  • 1pm-5pm: Building and Sustaining Your Culture
  • – John O’Sullivan and Jerry Lynch: “How to Win the Day by Intentionally Building Your Culture”
  • – Steve Kerr, Golden St. Warriors: “Building and Rebuilding a High-Performance Culture”followed by breakout and reflection rooms
  • – Cindy Timchal, US Naval Academy: “Sustaining High-Level Performance Every Season” followed by breakout and reflection rooms

Sunday, August 22:

  • 8am-12pm: Competitiveness and the Inner Game
  • – John O’Sullivan and Jerry Lynch: “Compete Like Your Hair is on Fire”
  • – Anson Dorrance, UNC Women’s Soccer: “The Carolina Competitive Cauldron” followed by breakout and refelction rooms
  • – George Mumford, Mindfulness and Performance Coach: “Mindfulness: Practicing and Implementing the Secret Weapon of Phil Jackson’s Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers” followed by breakout and reflection rooms
  • 12pm-1pm: Lunch with Brad Stevens, former Boston Celtics Head Coach
  • 1pm-5pmLove, Fear and the Power of Your Influence
  • – Hall of Fame Coaches Reflect: “The Intersection of Love and Fear”
  • – John O’Sullivan and Jerry Lynch: “How To Apply What You Have Learned to Individual Sports”
  • – Jerry Lynch: “The Power of Your Influence”
  • – John O’Sullivan: “Implementing Everything We Just Learned”

**Topics are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Don’t just take our word for how incredible this event will be: “As the head coach of the Warriors I call on Jerry to help guide me through the process using his advice, wisdom and insight often. He’s been a huge help to me.” – Steve Kerr8 time NBA Champion player and coach
“The Way of Champions Conference changed the way I think about coaching. What you learn through Jerry and John allows you to create a culture where performances can thrive. My work with Way of Champions played a big role in our success in the 2018 Masters Tournament.” – Kevin Kirk, Coach of 2018 Masters Champion Patrick Reed, and 3x Way of Champions Conference attendee

“I have a number of friends who have supported my development as a coach. I count Jerry Lynch as one of them. He has given me encouragement and wisdom to make a difference in my helping my athletes reach their full potential.” 
 – Phil Jackson, 11 time NBA Champion Coach

“John, I just wanted to thank you for your thoughtfulness in writing such an amazing book.  You hit it right on the head…I know enough to know that the only importance sports has is forming a great person. Thank you for your invaluable help with this quest.” – Peter Smith, 5 time NCAA Champion Coach of USC Men’s Tennis
“Jerry is a wise and trusted friend who happens to be one of the top authorities nationally on sports leadership, coaching and performance. His input with my team and other teams at Carolina has had a huge influence in helping us to achieve our goals. His work will help make a difference in your coaching as well.”  – Anson Dorrance, 22 time NCAA Champion UNC Women’s Soccer

The Competitive Buddha

How to Up Your Game in Sports, Leadership and Life

Connect Spirituality to Sports. The Competitive Buddha is about mastery, leadership, and spirituality. Learn what you need to keep, what you need to discard, and what you need to add to your mental, emotional, and spiritual skill set as an athlete, coach, leader, parent, CEO, or any other performer in life. Understand how Buddhism can help you to be better prepared for sports and life, and how sports and life can teach you about Buddhism. Discover how people from all parts of the world have brought together the Buddha and athletics for greater fun, enjoyment, and pleasure during their performances. Dr. Jerry Lynch demonstrates how certain timeless core Buddha values inspire you to embrace and navigate unchartered waters, and understand the Buddha-mind and the Kobe Bryant Mamba Mentality.

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