HOP Nation Podcast – Episode 21 – Luke Pierce

Assistant Coach with WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings since 2018. Former Head Coach with WHL’s Kootenay ICE and BCHL’s Merritt Centennials. Won a Silver Medal as Assistant Coach with Canada’s Para Ice Hockey team in the 2018 Pyeonchang Paralympics. Graduate of Canada’s Royal Military College with an MBA and a BA in Psychology.  Outside of coaching Luke serves as the Vice President/Chairman of the Board for Hockey Gives Blood and most importantly is a parent to 3 boys along with his lovely wife Amy.

0:30 – Intro

2:00 – How Luke got to this stage of his career – “founder’s adventure”; naivete of growing up in a small town; attended Royal Military College; always knew coaching was something he always wanted to do; kept coming back to relationships

6:06 – Olympic experience was life-changing, kept him in coaching; praise for paralympic athletes

9:50 – Role of adversity in elite-level performance; preparing them for the path, not preparing the path for them (athletes, kids, parents, etc.); setting (or resetting) priorities in times of crisis; failure and success are simply results

15:30 – Needed to own the failures – transform who you are; success through adversity

19:10 – “My gold medal was the day I met those guys”

20:00 – Finding an identity outside of sport/work

22:21 – Ego thrives when we’re good at things; “What do I tell people when I’m not coaching anymore?”; biggest lesson was being a father who supports the community who coaches hockey, not the other way around

25:00 – What do you tell someone who finds themselves questioning their identity?; the shutting down of the hockey season – what the players went through; can learn lessons from young children – naturally happy; adversity will happen

29:30 – Mindset can be a separator; reframing and changing mental representation; performance is a representation of what’s going on in your life

32:30 – The “it” factor – the ethos of a team; groundedness; mental health; no vulnerability in high-performance environments; institutionalized mistrust; the value of trust in high-performance

37:30 – More on trust within high-performance environments; competence and connection; congruency accelerates trust; overpromising and underdelivering; building trust in leadership

42:00 – High-performance habits – energy, surround yourself with energy givers, vulnerability <-> empathy/courage, grit/resiliency, growth mindset

52:00 – Tried to be something he wasn’t

53:03 – With nothing holding you back, what would your ultimate contribution/legacy? The building of good citizens, contributions to worthy programs,

55:45 – Hockey Gives Blood – https://hockeygivesblood.ca/

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