My guest this week is University of Memphis Head Football Coach Ryan Silverfield.
For those who live in Memphis or follow U of M Football, do you remember when Ryan was named interim head coach and how he made it known he wanted the job? He didn’t hold back. He went all-in, letting everyone know. I have been looking forward to this conversation, and I am glad to release it to you this week.
During this conversation, we cover:
- From sleeping on cots at Hampden-Sydney to being the head coach at Memphis. It hasn’t been easy
- How to have confidence in communicating what can be when you can’t guarantee the outcomes
- How to frame setbacks
- Why character matters
- And more!
Ryan began his coaching career at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla, after an injury. He then coached at his alma mater Hampden-Sydney, then was the Head Coach of one High School, followed by 4 Universities and two NFL teams, where he then landed at the University of Memphis before being named Head Coach in 2019.
Please enjoy my conversation with Ryan Silverfield.
Have a great week!
2:38 Unemployed is apart of the business
2:47 It is okay to admit this is what I want
2:51 Show your vision. How this can work and come together.
3:12 I was their 7th interview
3:26 You have to prove it every year
4:11 People see your genuine enthusiasm for what you want
4:40 why and how is this going to be successful
5:02 The tomorrow diet
5:34 How things work and how will we have success
7:07 The path has been difficult
7:41 It’s all about how I react
7:53 There are times I have thought about quitting
8:15 How can we continue to get better
8:30 Attach it with mindset
8:40 All in
9:19 Couldn’t get a job
10:30 What could make me different? I’ll die trying
11:12 I want them to have success for everything they say they want
14:44 Confidence for the plan in place. But I still fail
15:33 No one will compete higher for the standard than I am
16:00 Not everyday will be perfect
17:10 How to read people
17:30 High character
17:53 Best opportunity to have success, high character. Judge character listen a lot. What are they telling me?
19:35 What makes them tick?
20:00 Not everyone has a perfect background
20:30 Detailed, charismatic, caring, high energy, talk to others that worked with them.
22:13 How to process setbacks
23:25 How to handle the media
24:07 What can I do better?
24:22 How can I improve the culture/ not play calls
25:00 Tune out the outside noise
26:10 Are we making a difference in those guys lives?
26:50 We will be judged on wins, but swing the axe