Thoughts for Leading the Athletic Development Revolution


I was inspired to write this on a red eye flight from Portland back to Sarasota on Friday night, impossible to sleep but a good time to think. Perhaps this will stimulate some thoughts for you and inspire you to lead.

  • Focus, focus, focus – A laser like focus is imperative to lead
  • Chose to lead rather than to follow, you can’t lead from behind the pack
  • Do the right thing and success will follow
  • Work smart, with direction, intent and purpose
  • Relationships are paramount. Only work with people who share the same passion
  • Recognize that you can’t be an expert in everything
  • Your life runs your coaching; your coaching does not run your life
  • Status and recognition are not important
  • Use technology; do not let it use you. Combine “high touch” hands on coaching with high tech * Have an “ah” moment every day

In my opinion the world of coaching, training, and functional rehab will only change through example and leadership.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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