How to Create a Team with the Winning Mentality

Keving Pederson - Winning Mentality


Q1-02:42: I noticed on your introduction that your worked with Rick Barnes and Larry Shyatt, two pretty prominent coaches in the history of basketball. What did you learn from your mentors about motivation and mental toughness?

Q2-07:04: You have a very strong winning streak with the Bearcats. Are you currently happy with the roster and the results? 

Q3-09:07: What would you say is the main difference between men and women in how you motivate the team? 

Q4-13:34: Do you ever find that emotions play in any trigger point? If there was a motivating emotion, what would you do or what do you look for to help them get to the next level?

Q5-16:23: When you say the lows and the highs, what emotions are you connecting with them?

Q6-19:50: You were talking about the highs and the lows. Emotionally, what is that level? Where do you want them to stay at?

Q7-22:50: Can you recall any of the games that you’ve coached where that was the defining moment? 

Q8-30:20: You’ve mentioned fear, which is obviously an extremely important factor in sports. How do you get your team to deal with the fear or the responsibility? 

Q9-34:17: Have you ever had a crack that was deeply rooted emotionally where you had to work on some other things to help regain or rebuild them, or help at least?

Q10-39:34: Do you ever get them coming back and talking to you?

Q11-43:09: Have you ever met players that didn’t express themselves emotionally on the field? 

Q12-44:38: We have a question from one of our loyal listeners, Nick from Denver, he is 21 and wants to pursue a career of a basketball coach. However, he’s afraid of failing and ending before he even starts. What would you say to encourage him? 

Q13-47:48: Do you tie fear with failure? 

Q14-52:14: So tell us, what could be looking forward to regarding your future plans?


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Kevin Pederson is entering his 13th season as head coach of the Lander women’s basketball program. Pederson is the winningest coach in Lander women’s basketball history with an overall 237-131 record in 12 seasons. He has taken the Bearcats to nine Peach Belt Conference tournaments and eight NCAA tournaments in the past decade. Under Pederson’s guidance, the Bearcats have won three PBC Tournament championships and a Southeast Regional title. The Bearcats have won at least 20 games in eight of Pederson’s 12 seasons. Prior to joining the Bearcat program, Pederson spent three-plus years as Anderson’s head coach. Under Pederson’s guidance, Anderson won two CVAC tournaments and one CVAC regular-season championship. Pederson went 88-31 during his time at Anderson. A native of Fairfax, Va., Pederson worked five seasons for the Clemson men’s basketball program under Rick Barnes and Larry Shyatt before joining Anderson College in 2001

Pederson earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and has master’s from the United States Sports Academy. He is married to the former Adair Clary of Gaffney, S.C., who graduated from Clemson with undergraduate and master’s degrees. They have two children, Conner and Clary.

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