Video: The core values of Mark Hudspeth's program at ULL
In order to build a program confidently as a head coach you have to have a mission statement and a set of core values in mind for both the interview committee, and to eventually instill in your players.
Mark Hudspeth understands the importance of those things as a head coach, and has a great set of core values that every coach that has yet to create one should take a look at his and put their own spin on.
Hudspeth uses the core values beyond just talking about them in team meetings and having them posted around the facilities. He explains in the clip that he often sends reminder texts to his players on the weekends to use a specific core value. For example, he'll send out a text to the entire team on the weekends hat just says "#2" and players will recognize that as meaning "Use Good Judgement" because that is the second core value. Him and his staff also hand out a card and key chain to serve as reminders of the core values for the players on a daily basis, and the back of that card has the names and numbers of the entire coaching staff just in case a little extra guidance is needed.
Coach Hud and his players explain the importance of those core values and mission statement in the clip below.
"Within your program you always have to start with what I call a 'Mission Statement', or 'where you want to get to'. Then, once you figure out what your destination is or where you want to get to, you have to figure out how you're going to get there." Hud explains.
"To me, that's when you sit back and you set the core values within your program, and find the things that will lead you to that destination, and it's somewhat of a road map. If you can follow and live by those core values, more times than not you're going to be successful."