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LOUISVILLE – Rob Miller has spent many years teaching students and coaches about making correct choices in all walks of their lives.

He brought his message to Louisville on Monday for an afternoon full of professional development.

Miller spoke to Louisville activity coaches and sponsors about a variety of topics in the school music room. The Proactive Coaching representative delivered his talk to leaders of athletics, fine arts, educational clubs and school organizations.

Miller spent a portion of his time at Louisville speaking about 11 things coaches and sponsors do to gain trust of team members. Some items on the list included setting clear expectations, showcasing a strong work ethic, being secure in their roles and having a style that encourages fearless competition.

Miller said it was especially important for students to enter games or activities knowing that they would not be harshly penalized for inevitable mistakes. He said it was much more important for students to be confident enough to give a strong effort.

“Kids can go into games with either a fearless or fearful attitude,” Miller said. “If you have a kid who is working hard and you pull them out right away after one bad play, then it says to them that they can’t make a mistake. That’s establishing a fearful mindset.

“But if you have a kid who’s at full effort and full attention and you allow them to play through mistakes and learn from them, then they’ll start to have a fearless mindset. And it’s much better to be fearless than to be fearful.”

Miller told coaches and sponsors it was also important to show students that they care about them as people. He said good coaches are genuinely interested in the well-being of their players and showcase both loyalty and honesty to students. They are also careful with their words and hold people accountable for their actions.

Miller has coached at both the high school and collegiate levels and has directed the Champions of Character program with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He has also served as executive director of the National Christian College Athletic Association and commissioner of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

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