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Vince Lombardi (June 11, 1913 –September 3, 1970) was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League (NFL). He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. Lombardi isconsidered by many to be one of the best and most successful coaches in professional football history. The NFL's Super Bowl trophy is named in his honour. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, the year after his death.






Lombardi began coaching as an assistant and later as a head coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey.  He was an assistant coach at Fordham, at the United States Military Academy, and with the New York Giants before becoming a head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967 and the Washington Redskins in 1969.  He never had a losing season as a head coach in the NFL, compiling a regular season winning percentage of 72.8 (96–34–6), and 90% (9–1) in the post season for an overall record of 105 wins, 35 losses, and 6 ties in the NFL.
 

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE (born 31 December 1941) is a former Scottish football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is regarded by many players, managers and analysts to be one of the greatest and most successful managers of all time.

Ferguson played as a forward for several Scottish clubs, including Dunfermline Athletic and Rangers. While playing for Dunfermline, he was the top goalscorer in the Scottish league in the 1965–66 season. Towards the end of his playing career he also worked as a coach, then started his managerial career with East Stirlingshire and St Mirren.  Ferguson then enjoyed a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen , winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1983.  He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein, taking the team to the 1986 World Cup







Ferguson was appointed manager of Manchester United in November 1986. During his 26 years with Manchester United he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League titles.  He was knighted in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours list, for his services to the game.  Ferguson is the longest serving manager of Manchester United, having overtaken Sir Matt Busby 's record on 19 December 2010.  He retired from management at the end of the 2012–13 season, having won the Premier League in his final season.


Brian Clough OBE (born 21 March 1935 –20 September 2004) was an English football player and manager

As a player Clough was a prolific goalscorer with Middlesbrough and Sunderland, scoring 251 league goals from 274 starts. He also won two England caps, both in 1959.  Clough retired from playing at the age of 29, after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage. He remains one of the Football League highest goalscorers.

In 1965, Clough took the manager's job at Fourth Division Hartlepool United and appointed Peter Taylor as his assistant, the start of an enduring partnership that would bring them success at numerous clubs over the next two decades. In 1967 the duo moved on to Second Division Derby County.  In 1968–69, Derby were promoted as Second Division champions.  Three years later, Derby were crowned champions of England for the first time in the club's history.   In 1973 they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup.  However, by this point Clough's relationship with chairman Sam Longson had deteriorated, and he and Taylor resigned.







This was followed by an eight-month spell in charge of Third Division Brighton & Hove Albion, before Clough (but not Taylor) returned north in the summer of 1974 to become manager of Leeds United – a surprise appointment given his previous outspoken criticism of the Leeds players and their manager Don Revie.  He was sacked after 44 days in the job.

Within months Clough had joined Second Division Nottingham Forest, re-uniting with Taylor in 1976.  In 1977, Forest were promoted to the top flight and the following season won the league title (the first in the club's history), making Clough one of only four managers to have won the English league with two different clubs.  Forest also won two consecutive European Cups(in 1979 and 1980 ) and two League Cups 1978 and 1979 ) before Taylor retired in 1982.  Clough stayed on as Forest manager for another decade and won two more League Cups ( 1989 and 1990 ) and reached the FA Cup final in 1991, but could not emulate his earlier successes.  Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1993, after which Clough retired from football.

Charismatic,outspoken and often controversial, Clough is considered one of the great managers of the English game.  His achievements with Derby and Forest, two struggling provincial clubs with little prior history of success, are rated amongst the greatest in football history.  His teams were also noted for playing attractive football and for their good sportsmanship.  Despite applying several times and being a popular choice for the job, he was never appointed England manager, and has been dubbed the "greatest manager England never had".

His name is closely associated with that of Peter Taylor, who served as his assistant manager at various clubs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.


Jack Gibson OAM (27 February 1929 – 9 May 2008) was an Australian rugby league identity – a player, commentator and most notably a coach.  He played and coached in Sydney's top grade competition, the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership ,and earned the tag 'Supercoach' after guiding Eastern Suburbs to premierships in 1974 and 1975 and later the Parramatta Eels to three successive premierships from 1981 to 1983.

Gibson was given the New South Wales Blues to coach in the 1989 State of Origin series.  The team had previously lost five successive games and Gibson was brought in along with a number of sweeping player changes.  However the new squad did no better and Gibson had to suffer the ignominy of a 3–0 whitewash to a Maroons side coached by his friend and protégé Arthur Beetson.  The following year in 1990 he had his revenge when his New South Wales side trumped Beetson's Queenslanders 2–1.  Gibson quit while on top to take up a role back at the Roosters in 1991 as manager with former Test halfback Mark Murray as coach.  He did this until 1994.







Gibson was highly regarded not only for his coaching record but also for his thirst for innovation.  He introduced new coaching and training methods into the sport in the 1970s and 1980s, when first-grade rugby league was then still played and coached on a semi-professional basis.

Born in Kiama, New South Wales Gibson's family relocated to Sydney in his youth. He played third-grade rugby league at St.George in 1950 before joining a social side in the Eastern Suburbs A-grade competition called Taylor's Celebrity Club.  Gibson worked as a bouncer for Joe Taylor at the sly drinking and gambling outlet Thommo's Two-Up School as well as other Sydney nightclubs that Taylor owned.  Jack also fought as an amateur for N.S.W boxing title.  Gibson studied coaching and training methods in other sports looking for innovations which could be incorporated into his rugby league coaching.  In particular, he would often travel to the USA to watch NFL teams play and train.  Gibson was a fan of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi and was influenced by Lombardi's coaching and management style.

The Cadigan reference reports that rugby league identity Terry Fearnley first introduced Gibson to the sayings and attitudes of Vince Lombardi via a 1971 sales and motivational film called The Second Effort which contained a Lombardi segment.  Gibson's charges at St George had at that stage of the 1971 season won only four of their first eight games.  After embracing the film and its messages and showing it to the entire St George playing roster, all three Dragons sides were unbeaten for the next seven weeks; lost just two of the remaining 14 matches; and all three grades of the club made it to their respective Grand finals that year.

He befriended San Francisco 49ers coach Dick Nolan at an NFL annual conference in 1972 and was invited to study and observe the operations of the 49ers team.  From these trips came a number of methodologies that changed the Australian game.


John Wooden (October 14, 1910 –June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and coach.  Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood ," as head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row.  No other team has won more than two in a row. Within this period, his teams won a men's basketball-record 88 consecutive games.   Wooden was named national coach of the year six times. He also won a National championship at Purdue as a player 1931-1932 for a total of 11 National titles, a feat matched only by Geno Auriemma







As a 5'10" guard, Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times, and the 1932 Purdue team on which he played as a senior was retroactively recognized as the pre- NCAA Tournament national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll Wooden was named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (inducted in 1960) and as a coach (in 1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories.  Only Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn have since been accorded the same honours.

One of the most revered coaches in the history of sports, Wooden was beloved by his former players, among them Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (originally Lew Alcindor) and Bill Walton . Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success".  These often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.

Wooden was recognized numerous times for his achievements. He was named NCAA College Basketball's Coach of the Year in 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973.  In 1967, he was the Henry Iba Award USBWA College Basketball Coach of the Year. In 1972, he shared Sports Illustrated magazine's " Sportsman of theYear " award with Billie Jean King.  In 1960, he was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame for his achievements as a player and as a coach in 1973, becoming the first to be honoured as both a player and a coach.

After his coaching career ended, UCLA continued to honour Wooden with the title of Head Men's Basketball Coach Emeritus.  On November 17, 2006, Wooden was recognised for his impact on college basketball as a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  He was one of five, along with Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Dean Smith and Dr. James Naismith selected to represent the inaugural class. He was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 in St. Louis.  Coach Wooden was the ninth honoree in the Missouri Valley Conference's Lifetime Achievement category.  Wooden said the honour he was most proud of was "Outstanding Basketball Coach of the U.S." by his denomination, the Christian Church.

Since 1977, the most coveted of four college basketball player-of-the-year awards has been named the John R. Wooden Award. This award has  attained the status of being the equivalent of football's Heisman Trophy for college basketball, with the winner announced during a ceremony held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The MVP award for the McDonald's All-American Game in high-school basketball is named the "John R. Wooden Most Valuable Player Award".  The Wooden Legacy is held in his honour.

In 1998 the Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award was created to be given to a former player or coach who exemplifies character, leadership and faith. This Award is presented at the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast, which is held each year at the Final Four and is hosted by Athletes in Action.


Sir Clive Woodward OBE (born 6 January 1956) is an English former rugby union player and coach. He was coach of the England team from 1997 to 2004, managing them to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He also coached the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, losing the test series 3-0

In 1990 he started his own IT leasing company and became coach of the then obscure Henley, who were promoted to the national leagues.  After a short but successful spell of coaching at London Irish, he was unable to handle the politics of the club and was forced out.  He became assistant coach at Leicester's arch rivals Bath under Andy Robinson, and when Jack Rowell retired as coach of the England team in 1997, Woodward acquired the job.

He  had the job of transforming the England side from the amateur era into the professional one.  Having been quoted as requesting that the press judge him of  England's performance at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, when they were beaten by South Africa, his job was questioned. Thereafter England steadily improved under Woodward. England were Six Nations champions in 2000 and 2001, and completed the Grand Slam in 2003 with an emphatic 42–6 victory over Ireland in Dublin.  England followed up by defeating the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time since 1973, holding out for a 15–13 win despite being reduced to 13 men in the second half with two forwards in the sin bin.   A week later reigning world champions Australia were beaten 25–14 in Melbourne, England's first ever win on Australian soil. 







England entered the 2003 Rugby World Cup as betting favourites and the number one ranked team in the world.  Victories over Georgia, South Africa, Samoa, Uruguay, Wales and France took England to the final, where they faced the hosts and reigning champions Australia. England won 20–17 thanks to a Jonny Wilkinson drop goal in the final seconds of extra time. Woodward was knighted in the 2004 New Year's honours.  As of 2016, England are still the only team from the Northern Hemisphere to win the World Cup.  From 2000 to 2003, Woodward's England compiled a record of 41 wins from 46 matches, which included a perfect record of 20 wins and no losses at Twickenham and 12 successive wins against the Tri-Nations

The England squad had to be re-built after the World Cup success, as a number of senior players retired, including captain Martin Johnson Lawrence Dallaglio and Neil Back.  Meanwhile talismanic fly-half Jonny Wilkinson was sidelined with long-term injuries which would prevent him playing for England again for almost 4 years.  England came third in the 2004 Six Nations, losing to Grand Slam winners France and Triple Crown winners Ireland.  His last tour as England coach came shortly afterwards, with an ill-fated tour of New Zealand and Australia.  England were beaten by New Zealand in two tests, without scoring a single try, going down 36-3 in the first and 36-12 in the second. The team then went to Australia, where they were beaten 51-15.

In February 2004 he was appointed Head Coach for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. The Lions lost the test series 3-0. Woodward's management was criticised by many commentators and players for his initial squad selection, his coaching methods, his handling of the players and the media, his selections on tour - particularly for keeping faith with the England players he knew well - and for not allowing the test team any time to play together before the test series began.  He returned from New Zealand with his reputation within rugby severely tarnished.

Woodward's contract with England was due to run until 2007.  Following the retirement of key players like Lawrence Dallaglio and Martin Johnson , and finishing third in the 6 Nations after the World Cup success, he found the politics of English rugby difficult to deal with, particularly the Premiership clubs' relations with the England management.  Woodward was linked with a switch to football and, although he had denied these rumours, on 1 September 2004, Woodward announced that he would be quitting as England coach.

On 24 October 2011, Woodward was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame, alongside all other Rugby World Cup-winning head coaches and captains from the tournament's inception in 1987 through 2007.


Anthony Robbins (born 29 February 1960) Robbins was born Anthony J. Mahavoric in North Hollywood, California. His surname was originally spelled 'Mohorovic' and is of Croatian origin.  Robbins is the eldest of three children and his parents divorced when he was 7.  His mother then had a series of husbands, including Jim Robbins, a former semi-professional baseball player who legally adopted Anthony when he was 12.

His father could not provide for their family, so he left them.  His mother started abusing alcohol and prescription drugs sometime after.  While growing up, Robbins helped provide for his siblings.  Robbins was raised in Azusa and Glendora, California.  He was elected student body president in his senior year and grew 10 inches in high school, a growth spurt later attributed to a pituitary tumor. He has said his home life was "chaotic" and "abusive."   When he was 17 years old, Robbins' mother chased him out of the house with a knife, and he never returned.  Robbins later worked as a janitor, and did not attend college.

Robbins began his career promoting seminars for Jim Rohn

Later, without any educational background in psychology, Robbins began his own work as a self-help coach. He taught neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and Ericksonian hypnosis after training with NLP co-founder John Grinder.  In 1983, Robbins learned to fire-walk and began to incorporate it into his seminars.  Robbins' use of board breaking, skydiving, and later fire-walking in his seminars is intended to help participants learn to push through their fears.







Robbins promoted his services as a "peak performance coach" through his books and TV infomercials.  His first infomercial, Personal Power, was released in 1988 and produced by Guthy Renker.  Early infomercials featured celebrities such as Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton and actor Martin Sheen.  By 1991, an estimated 100 million Americans in 200 media markets had viewed his infomercials.

In 1997, Robbins began the Leadership Academy seminar.  Robbins is a featured speaker on the seminar circuit sponsored by Learning Annex. Robbins appeared as a featured speaker at the 2006 Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference.  As of May 2016, his talk was the seventh-most viewed TED talk. 

Robbins is involved with the Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention, which focuses on personal, family, and organisational psychology, and claims to help people "find breakthrough strategies and solutions for overcoming the problems that confront us all."

In 2014, Robbins, along with a group of investors including Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm, and Peter Guber acquired rights to launch a Major League Soccer franchise in Los Angeles, California. The team is scheduled to begin competition in 2017.

Robbins has written three best-selling books: Unlimited Power Awaken the Giant Within, and Money: Master theGame

Unlimited Power , published in 1986, discusses the topics of health and energy, overcoming fears, persuasive communication, and enhancing relationships.  In the book, Robbins argues that by using neurolinguistic programming "any one can become successful at almost anything.  "According to Magill Book Reviews, Robbins develops "a systematic framework for directing our own brain."

Awaken the Giant Within, published in 1991, according to The New York Times, the book contains "ways to take control of your emotional, physical and financial destiny.”  In 1994, Robbins published Giant Steps, a daily instructional book, in a pocket size.  His third best-seller, Money: Master the Game, was published in 2014, reached number one on the New York Times '"Advice, How-To, & Miscellaneous" bestseller list in December 2014, and went on to sell a million copies in its first year. The book contains information stemming from his interviews with over 50 financial experts.

In 1991, Robbins founded the Anthony Robbins Foundation, a charity dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations.  According to the foundation, it has products and programs in more than 2,000 schools, 700 prisons, and 100,000 health and human service organisations.  Independent charity watchdog Charity Navigator gives the Anthony Robbins Foundation a rating of four out of four stars.

In 2014, he donated the profits of his book, Money:Master the Game , along with an additional personal donation, through Feeding America to provide meals to people in need.
Biographies of seven incredible coaches who took coaching in their relevant fields to an extra level.

Vince Lombardi  (American Football)
Sir Alex Ferguson CBE  (Football)
Brian Clough OBE  (Football)
Jack Gibson OAM  (Rugby League)
John Wooden  (Basketball)
Sir Clive Woodward OBE  (Rugby Union)
Anthony Robbins  (Life Coaching)
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