Book Club

Book Club Term

May – June 2021

Welcome to the WeCOACH Book Club. As a coach, you are constantly looking to find ways to impact your teams and make discoveries from within, we understand that you may not be reading the same books as your friends outside of the world of athletics.

  • Are you a passionate reader looking to connect with like-minded coaches and initiate interactive book discussions in a virtual setting?
  • Are you seeking more accountability to actually read an entire book and stay focused on the content that can help you make improvements?
  • Are you a casual reader, with great ideas, looking to make connections with other coaches?

If you answered “YES” to any of the questions and you are seeking a community to network and meet new coaches, then this Book Club is specifically for you!

Research states that those who participate in book clubs:

  • Are more likely to commit to reading the entire book and sharing thoughts about what they have read and learned with new peers
  • Stay more informed of relevant topics within their network
  • Meet new people
  • Have a platform to share ideas and voice opinions of the book with an invested audience

Program Description

Participants commit to reading the selected book and engaging in discussions during scheduled Video Meet-Ups during the designated term. Participants will receive questions and discussion topics to explore and reflect prior to each video meet-up, which will help guide discussions.


Book Club Eligibility and Requirements

  • Only current WeCOACH members may register and participate.  A current membership must be maintained throughout the Book Club term.
  • Book Clubs will be limited in size.  Registrants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those registering after size limits are reached will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Participants must attend all scheduled Video Meet-Ups. Please have respect for your fellow book club members and those who were not accepted into the Book Club that would like to have the opportunity to participate.
  • Participants are willing to interact and engage in Book Club discussion at mandatory Video Meet-Ups.
  • Participants must complete a satisfaction survey at the completion of the program.

Video Meet-Up Schedule

Attendance is mandatory

Date Time Topic
Wed, May 5 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET Intro-Ch. 2: Overview, what it looks like if you are designed to win, what it means to be designed to win
Wed, May 12 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET Ch. 3: Stars and “C” performers
Wed, Jun 2 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET Ch. 4-5: The power of delegation, how to do it right, how to get alignment and get the right work done by the right people at the right level
Wed, Jun 9 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET Ch. 6-7: Assembling and developing your staff
Wed, Jun 16 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET Ch. 8: Recruiting and developing your players
Wed, Jun 23 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET Ch. 9-10: Developing fans and donors. Separate topic, leading during a crisis
Wed, Jun 30 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET Ch. 11-13: How the world is changing around you and tying everything together with leadership. How to get started.


** Registration Closed **

“Stop Competing and Start Winning: The Business of Coaching”
by Beth Launiere and Leo Hopf

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Searching for that competitive advantage the other teams in your division don’t have

Book Review
If you are in athletics and are searching for a competitive advantage your opponents don’t have, this book is for you.
Stop Competing and Start Winning, The Business of Coaching will address questions such as:
  • What does it take to design a program to win consistently, year after year?
  • How can you set clear expectations so you realize full value from your star performers and deal appropriately with your “C” performers?
  • How can you delegate effectively so the right work gets done by the right people in the right way?
    How should you manage and develop a staff that will deliver results and that will free up the head coach to do the things only they can do?
  • How should you optimize staff interactions on both short-term tasks and longer-term projects?
  • How can you assess each of your player’s capabilities, growth, and eventual ceilings so you can plan to fill gaps and leverage their particular strengths?
  • How can you lead a program remotely during a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and afterward, when things have evolved into a new normal?
  • How can you look ahead and make sure your program is prepared for the future rather than being stuck in the past?
Moderators: Beth Launiere and Leo Hopf have performed at the highest levels in their respective fields for more than 30 years.

View WeCOACH Video Chat with Beth and Leo


Beth has been the head volleyball coach at the University of Utah and is coming off of being named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year and reaching the NCAA Division I Sweet 16.




Leo is a management consultant who has advised the world’s most dynamic and complex organizations on their strategies, decision making, and organizational effectiveness.