Coaches donate their time because according to the message on the website they all feel the message and conversations are worth having. What Drives Winning is a movement and Thursday in St. Louis at Lindenwood University it is an annual conference that features some of the top coaches in America discussing the subject.
It is a conference that goes beyond X's and O's and technique and discusses character and class and how it pertains to winning championships. The coaches that appear at the conference do so for free. They are there to discuss their philosophy and the aspects of their programs that they feel are important and how they go about keeping their staff and their team on point and focusing on what is important.
Tomorrow will be a heavy Oklahoma State influence as head football coach Mike Gundy, head wrestling coach John Smith, women's tennis head coach and this year NCAA runner-up Chris Young, and associate athletic director for speed, strength, and conditioning Rob Glass are all featured.
Also, appearing with the Oklahoma State coaches are Georgia tennis head coach Manny Diaz, former Georgia gymnast Brandie Jay, Cal-Berkley swim coach Teri McKeever, Western Michigan head football coach P.J. Fleck, and Florida track head coach Mike Holloway.
Brett Ledbetter is the creator of the What Drives Winning movement. He serves as a moderator and appears with the speakers as they do one-on-one presentations and group discussions on stage. Last year some of the coaches featured included Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, Florida baseball coach Tim Walton, and OU women's basketball head coach Sherri Coale.
It's an honor to be a part of it and we know that Gundy has expressed excitement to be involved in it. The OSU contingent flew to St. Louis this morning.
Tickets for the all-day conference, which also includes a lunch with the speakers, range from $85 for general admission to discounted rates for coaching groups up to five, and a greater discount for groups of 10 or more.