Mental Strength: Leadership Training


Leadership Training

I am excited to be working with the S.A.L.T. team at Fruitport High School in November   

Student Athlete Leadership Team:  INFO HERE

Coach McGannon–In conjunction with the athletic boosters, mental strength training was offered at the Tri County schools in Howard City recently (Photos below).  What I loved most about these sessions was there was a larger meaning than just being a mentally tougher athlete.  The principles of LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY were central topics, offered at both the middle school and high school levels.  The questions posed and the engagement I saw that day were REALLY HEALTHY.  Thank you to the boosters and the athletic department at Tri County!  

Coach McGannon

Thank you for coming to our school district to work with our student athletes on mental strength! It was a valuable morning and afternoon session. Learning how to handle adversity without losing productivity is a life skill! On behalf of the boosters and the athletic department, thank you for your insight and teaching.

Melissa Gentz, Tri County Athletic Boosters  

Phil Butler, Tri County Athletic Director



Since this training began in 2018, I have been spoken to schools, teams and businesses about how mental strength is closely tied to leadership. Introduced two years before the pandemic, this training has never been more vital as students, athletes and business leaders work to make sense of this ever changing world.  


In many respects, how we handle adversity defines how effective we are as leaders.  


Below are some well known leaders discussing key ingredients to leadership.  


Please contact Coach McGannon for more information.  616 402-1600  [email protected]


Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln lost 8 elections before he won the presidency in 1860

  1. “Folks are usually as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
  2. “Be sure to put your feet in the right place and then stand firm.”
  3. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”


Tom Brady

Brady was drafted in the 6th round with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft

  1. “I think sometimes the biggest challenges in your life end up being the best things that happen in your life.”
  2. “Things don’t correct themselves.  You have to go out there, work hard and correct them.”
  3. “If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you?”


John Wooden

Wooden started at UCLA in 1948-49 and won no national championships for 16 years.  He then won 10 in the next 12 years. 

  1. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because reputation is only what others think about you while character is who you really are.”
  2. “Courtesy and politeness are a small price to pay for the goodwill and affection of others.”
  3. “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Mother Teresa

After she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she refused the celebratory dinner and transferred the entire monetary award to charity. 

  1. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”
  2. “Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
  3. “One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”


Martin Luther King Jr

  1. “A true leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
  2. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
  3. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”


This is Coach McGannon’s older brother Richard.  There is a powerful connection to the mental strength training tools as it pertains to Richard. 

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