“It’s a lot harder to coach today than it was in the olden days. In the olden days you could get in the kids face, you could say things that you couldn’t say today. Players today sometimes need a hug and they need to be talked to. I am not going to get into this whole thing that everybody gets a trophy but it is a totally different era of coaching players today than it was when I was a kid…. Today’s era is very, very different than the 60’s and the 70’s.”
—Mike Eruzione on how coaching has changed today compared to the 1960’s and 1970’s
Mike Eruzione, Captain of the Gold Medal 1980 ‘Miracle On Ice’ USA Hockey team, joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss a study conducted by the University of California, which analyzed hundreds of halftime speeches from high school and college basketball games and found that players perform better after more negative halftime speeches from their coaches. Eruzione spoke about how the inspirational speeches by legendary head coach Herb Brooks helped motivate him and his teammates before their upset victories over the Soviet Union and Finland and how coaching today is a lot harder than coaching in the 1960’s and 1970’s.