Friday, January 19th, 2018

Bruce Pearl and Team Cohesion


Bruce Pearl

BRUCE PEARL is the current head men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. Pearl has been successful in every program he has been a part of. His first elite level head coaching job was at Southern Indiana University. In 1995, he led Southern Indiana to the Division II national championship. After nine successful seasons at SIU, Pearl left to coach in Division I. He first served as head coach at UW Milwaukee for the next four seasons and led them to the Sweet 16. As a result of his success, Pearl took a position at the University of Tennessee and has since led them to five straight NCAA tournament appearances and three Sweet 16 births.

Bruce Pearl is a coach on the rise. He has built three programs into successes. He often mentions the importance of chemistry and team cohesion. The following clip illustrates Pearl’s approach to bringing his team together during the final stretch of the regular season.

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  • Dalager

    “Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.”  Vince Lombardi

  • Shawn

    “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” — William James, American Author, Psychologist, and Philosopher

    I liked this quote because it represents selflessness and what it means to see your team achieve its’ potential.  In a world where everyone wants to get drafted and get their stats right for their draft year. They could be missing out on getting to the top in exchange for personal glory.  I see it every day.  I love the trend in professional sports right now….it’s not about the A-Rod’s….it’s about the Eckstein’s !    

  • Shawn

    Peer Reviewed Article on Team Cohesion
    Submitted by:Shawn Racignol, ATH 922

  • Todd Scipioni

    “sometmes a players greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team”
    Scottie Pippen

    A s a coach I like this quote because I feel players understanding their role on a team dictates the success a team can achieve. I have had talented teams with players that did not accept their roles and this became detrimental to our teams success.