TC386: Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt

This interview was originally released in 2017. It has proved to be so popular that it continues to get downloaded every single day. Many of you have either not heard it or haven’t heard it in a while, so this is the perfect time for a refresher. It’s all about communications. And as a bonus, we’ve left in a part of the interview where he talks about end-of-the-season personnel moves. Very interesting indeed. Enjoy!

Communications can absolutely bury you, whether you’re running a company, an organization, or a team. Frankly, one’s own personal communications can be overwhelming. There was a day not that long ago when all that was vying for your attention from a communications standpoint was your home phone, your office phone, an answering machine, and regular mail (of the postal variety). Then came email, cell phones, texting, smart phones, and social media — and an unrelenting avalanche of communications. Joining us today is perhaps the most respected college coach in the game, Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin. Along with success has come an exponentially increasing demand on his time — much of that from the sheer volume of communications. How does Coach Corbin handle all of this? Find out in this episode of Top Coach, where all we’re talking about is communications. And tighten your seat belt, because the second half of the interview deals with internal communications — your team, staff, and more. This is gold!

In this episode, Coach Corbin talks about external communication strategies, being the CEO of your organization, delegation, when the cell phone is off and when it must be on, the proper uses of social media, the value of face-to-face communications in building a team, scheduled and impromptu one-on-one communications, the importance of the pre-practice meeting, personal communication, “drive-‘bys”, Pat Murphy’s advice on saying nothing, how the field should be a playground, which issues are best discussed as a group, and being approachable.

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Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (
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