A friend of a friend- Jeff Janssen and Greg Dale – March 31

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for March 31, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Each of the team’s in the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is also an excellent university in other areas besides athletics. Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Duke all have excellent and highly intelligent leaders working there in all different disciplines.

One of those talented leaders at Duke is Dr. Greg Dale a friend of mine that I met while we both worked at Winthrop University.  Greg is the Director of Sport Psychology and Leadership Programs for Duke Athletics. In his sport psychology role, Greg provides consultations for individual Duke athletes, coaches and staff members. In addition, Greg provides team building services for the Blue Devil athletic teams and other units within the athletic department. In his leadership role, Greg provides leadership training for athletes, coaches and administrators within the department through various educational programs. He is also a full professor of sport psychology and sport ethics in the Department of Health, Wellness and Physical Education.

Greg and his wife Cammie who is a former athlete have four children and they live in Durham, NC. The photo below depicts his four beautiful children.

Greg Kids

In addition to his work at Duke Greg has written four books on leadership, coaching, parenting and performance and serves as a consultant to numerous athletic and corporate organizations around the world. While at Winthrop we also shared a role together. Greg and I became each other’s accountability partners. Greg influence and leadership during those two years still has a positive impact on me today.

If you want to get a snippet of Greg’s Leadership ability or interested in what qualities make a successful coach I encourage you to take time to read the article below:


One of Greg’s friends also was one of the co-authors of a book they wrote together. The book was titled The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches. His friend and co-author was Jeff Janssen.


The Friend – GREG DALE

Greg Dale


Jeff Janssen

The Field of Sports Psychology and Leadership

My friend Greg and Jeff Janssen are two of the best known sports psychologists in the country.

Jeff is widely considered one of the world’s top experts on Sports Leadership, Jeff Janssen is the founder and president of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center. Jeff’s pioneering work on sports leadership development with student-athletes and coaches has led to the creation of cutting edge Leadership Academies at the following universities:

North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, LSU, Pitt, NC State, Colorado, Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest, Baylor, Houston, Colgate, Lafayette, Holy Cross, Boston University, Loyola, Fordham, George Washington, Colby, St. Francis Xavier, Winston-Salem State, and Lehigh.

Jeff’s website is below:


Leadership training has become an important part of the college athletic landscape. It is also important in the corporate world.

Greg is also one of the nation’s leading sport psychology consultants and peak performance coaches, Greg provides a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies for anyone interested in enhancing their performance or their environment. Whether you are an athlete or performer seeking to maximize your potential, a coach looking for ways to enhance team cohesion and leadership on your team or an administrator attempting to develop more credible coaches and help parents keep sport in perspective, Greg can help and if you want to learn more go to his website Excellence in Performance found below:


When you watch the Final Four games you can be sure that each of those athletes has been exposed to the principles of sports leadership.


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