Spencer Allen on high challenge, high support environments and deliberate practice


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Spencer Allen is the 26th head baseball coach of the Northwestern program and was named to the position on June 14, 2015.

Allen came to Northwestern after serving as an assistant coach at Illinois in 2015. He helped the Fighting Illini set the school record with 50 wins and win the first NCAA Regional in program history. the Illini ranked near the top of the Big Ten in numerous offensive categories, leading the league in hits, runs, RBIs, total bases, home runs and slugging percentage.

Prior to his stint with Illinois, Allen served a two-year stretch as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Creighton. Reaching the college world series. From 2010-12, Allen worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Washington State University. Allen was the recruiting coordinator for the Boilermakers during the 2008-09 seasons. He also worked as a scout in the Detroit Tigers organization, and as a volunteer coach at Iowa (2004). Allen's coaching career began at Edmonds Community College in 2002, where he was an assistant coach.

He played three seasons at Iowa State from 1999-2001. He was a team captain during his final season and a 2001 All-Big XII Academic selection.

On the show, we discuss the pillars that Northwestern is built upon which includes a high challenge, high support environment and Deliberate practices

This episode is so good with Spencer Allen!

Time Stamps

1:20- Vision of the program

5:00- The Underdog Story

8:00- Compared to what?

13:00- High Challenge, High Support

16:45- Consistent Habits and Routines

20:45- "Everything that happens to you is your fault"

30:00- Deliberate Practice

40:00- Drills for developing infielders

47:00- Last Things


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