November 18, 2016


After an early season loss to Marshall during his first head coaching job at a then down-and-out Bowling Green program in 2001, coach Urban Meyer called his former mentor and head coach at Notre Dame, Lou Holtz for some advice. Holtz laid out four stages to building a championship program to the young head coach.

As we approach the midpoint of the season, it may be a good time to reference these stages as you assess where your program is at. 


The four stages are:


  1. Learning how to compete

  2. Learning how to win

  3. Learning how to handle winning

  4. Learning how to become a championship-level program


Let’s examine each of these in more detail.