Archive for the ‘Program Management’ Category


Moneyball comes to Dutch soccer

March 28th, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Moneyball, by author Michael Lewis, is a famous book, and now movie, about the statistical revolution in professional baseball in the United States. The real life protagonist is Billy Beane who is the general manager of a small market team the Oakland Athletics, which must be more efficient to win regularly in comparison to well-funded [...]

Director of Soccer Operations gaining a place in College Soccer

December 22nd, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

The Director of Soccer Operations position allows coaches to focus on coaching. The position of Director of “Sport” Operations is a relatively young one outside the revenue sports in college athletics and is now being added around the country. Using my business degree from Purdue University and my work background in strategic consulting I analyzed [...]

The Moneyball era in soccer is not quite here

November 28th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of books that outline how countries and clubs are not guaranteed to win in soccer because of processes beyond control and the nature of the game allowing for variance in expected outcomes. To win consistently a club or country needs a consistent source of players. To develop those players they need [...]

Coach at De LaSalle has it right, movie: When the Game Stands Tall

October 20th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

Recently, I was able to see When the Game Stands Tall. It is a movie about the year that The Streak was broken and the coach that was involved in building the program at De LaSalle HS in California. I was quite impressed with the process that he used to build and maintain a championship [...]

Is Mental Strength really understood: The Donovan Decision

May 27th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

Picking Landon Donovan was expected by everyone, including me, even if he wasn’t expected to start every game. His role as elder statesman and the experience he has gleaned from the previous 3 world cups makes him invaluable in the locker room and as a spark off the bench. Many countries do this as part [...]

San Antonio Spurs Epitomize Team

May 19th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

Usually I post on soccer, but Greg Popovich is one of the best coaches that is working today. Team is the concept that coaches work for if they want their players to achieve their potential. I believe that all teams, male and female, function better when player genuinely work for each other and like each [...]

Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer All-American and Team Sportsmanship Awards

May 12th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

Concordia University Chicago Women’s Soccer presents the following awards for the 2013-14 high school season. Nominations are due via e-mail by May 30, 2014. Information and nomination forms can be found on The Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer All-American Award is a unified Lutheran Girl’s Soccer All-American program that brings together the student-athletes from all Lutheran denominations [...]

Academics in an Athletic World

November 11th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

This is a post which I would like to make in the future. I have not articulated my views in a manner worthy of an article, yet. George Forsythe, President of Westminster College, has written an article articulating the NCAA Division 3 philosophy and advantages that expresses many of the thoughts that I would like to [...]

David Moyes of Everton is a golden god!

October 3rd, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

As I have said in this very blog on multiple occasions I think that David Moyes of Everton is one of the best professional football managers in the world. His consistency with meager resources is tremendous. Everton is currently second in the EPL ahead of the Manchesters. Finally, someone else recognizes David Moyes as a great manager. 3rd longest [...]

ManCity to Release Soccer Stats to help find the ‘bill james’ of soccer

August 16th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

On Friday, City will make available through its website the data on every player in every team from every game in the Premier League last season. That may not enrapture the supporter fixated on Robin van Persie’s next career move but to the growing number of researchers, sports scientists and bloggers seeking new ways to [...]

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