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The Messiah Method

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How Excellence Happens From 2000 to 2010, the Messiah College soccer program-the men's team and women's team combined-posted the best record in NCAA soccer: 472 wins, 31 losses, and 20 ties. Few programs were even close. Seventeen Final Fours between them during this time. Eleven national titles. Unbeaten streaks measured not only in games, but in seasons. How do they do ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Xulon Press
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marcus miller
Jun 01, 2014 marcus miller rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, soccer
Without seeing the cover you might guess this is a religious book. Instead the book is about the Messiah College soccer program. Both the men's and women's teams have been incredibly successful over the past few years with numerous NCAA Division III championships.

The author, a professor at Messiah, interviewed coach's and players to determine what principles have made the program successful. The seven principles identified by the author were helpful to consider and they have certainly played a
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Robert Sutherland
Jan 03, 2015 Robert Sutherland rated it really liked it
This could be called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Soccer Programs. Michael Zigarelli boils down the seven effective methods of the most amazing soccer program you've probably never heard of. Zigarelli doesn't shy away from the Christian aspect of the college but doesn't use it as a crutch for mediocrity either. Messiah College, both men and women, have won multiple national titles, and MZ interviewed current and past players and coaches to determine their reasons for success. My hope is to ...more
Jeff Lamb
Mar 31, 2015 Jeff Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Just Soccer

I really enjoyed the perspective. It was a little more geared towards God than i expected but that is something that works for the position that I'm in so it was perfect. Definitely a college coaches read, but I think you can learn a lot from outside of college as well. They make it sound like they are great people just to be around, I'd like to walk down the halls of the college and experience it.
Marcus Corbett
Great read. Insightful study on a successful sports program. Many of the concepts are for coaches in any sport at many levels. I am fascinated that Brandt's success with his "method" didn't translate to the same level of success in D1 at Navy. I took a lot of ideas from the book to apply to my teams and coaching.
Tom Boyer
Jul 28, 2015 Tom Boyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow

Seeing what the teams at Messiah have done is great. I learned a lot for my own organization. My daughter loves soccer so I identified with a lot of the examples as well
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One of the best books I've ever read on leadership and cultivating positive team/organizational culture. I would highly recommend it to any leader.
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“The best place to play’ means you love the guys you’re playing with. It means you develop deep relationships that go well beyond soccer. It means you have awesome team chemistry where what the team needs is more important than what you need—and you fully buy-in to that. It means you fight for game time but you don’t hold that against your teammate—that you’re not mad when you’re subbed out, but instead, you’re excited for the guy who came in for you. And it means we have each other’s back.” 0 likes
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