COLUMBUS, Ohio – Representatives from all 36 sports gathered tonight to wrap up the Lead Like A Buckeye program. Urban Meyer led the fourth and final installment of Lead Like a Buckeye and brought in Ohio State coaches from nine sports to share their insight on what makes a great leader in breakout sessions. Student-athletes in the program were selected for being impactful members of their respective teams and have had the opportunity to learn from former head coach Urban Meyer throughout the series. Meyer spoke about what student-athletes can do to separate themselves and elevate their teams, and what obstacles they may face in the process. The lessons don’t end when their playing careers are over. Meyer says the same lessons can be carried into professional careers upon graduation.
This class of LLB student-athletes are the first to go through the training, as the program is in its inaugural season under Meyer. Through participation in the program, student-athletes can take the lessons back to their teams to take ownership over their cultures and set the bar for behavior and performance, inspiring new classes of Buckeyes in the process.
Head coaches who spoke at today’s event included: Greg Beals (Baseball), Amy Bokker (Women’s Lacrosse), Nick Myers (Men’s Lacrosse), Holly Vargo-Brown (Synchronized Swimming), Jarred Martin (Field Hockey), Tom Ryan (Wrestling), Kevin Burch (Men’s Volleyball) and Donald Anthony Jr. (Fencing).
“Lead Like A Buckeye was an incredible opportunity to enhance my leadership style while learning new techniques and methods from my peers. I truly believe this program has the potential to transform a team from average to excellent and help Ohio State continue to raise the bar. I’m excited to take the lessons I’ve learned back to my team as we prepare for nationals.” – Megan Schmidt (Dance)
“One of the biggest things I learned from the Lead Like A Buckeye program is the 10/80/10 concept. Coach Meyer taught us that 10% of players are elite, 80% need the leadership of the elite and 10% often fall short. To be a good leader, I learned I need to focus on the 80% and how I can best lead them to make an impact on my team.” – Justin Wick (Men’s Golf)
“I think Lead Like A Buckeye has been really beneficial as I moved into a leadership position on my team. I have been able to learn some great tactics to be an elite leader on my team from Coach Meyer and the rest of the LLB staff. It has been really cool to collaborate with leaders from other teams as we all have dealt with similar obstacles. After each meeting, I’ve been able to return to my team and use the strategies to lead the best I can.” – Grace Libben (Rowing)