Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will do just about anything to grab his players’ attention.
As reported by Chris Vannini of CoachingSearch.com, Freeze said Tuesday that he “described a scene for his funeral and what he would want people to say about him.” Apparently, this was Freeze’s way of saying he understands what he wants out of life, and he has to work to reach his desired destination. He has urged his players to take the same mindset with football.
“I created a funeral scene for me and showed it all our players,” Freeze said via CoachingSearch.com. “The whole purpose is understanding whatever you believe drives your behaviors, and your behaviors drive your performance, and your performance will give you some result. We need to work backward. You need to say, ‘This is the result I really want, now are my beliefs and my behaviors going to get me that result?’ So I created my funeral scene.”
This hasn’t been the only example of Freeze using psychological tactics to inspire. He said he has done other exercises to bring the team together, as mentioned by Vannini.
Will this, um, untraditional tactic work? Who knows?
But if it does, perhaps “funeral descriptions” will become a popular thing on practice fields throughout the country.