September 23, 2020

The Psychology of Coaching, with Ed Molitor, Sr.

Episode 95:

Ed Molitor, Sr. has 42 years of experience as an educator, coach and motivator. A firm believer that life and athletics is a “Frame of Mind Game”, Ed has presented to hundreds of coaches and student-athletes at clinics and sports camps throughout the Midwest. He also taught graduate classes to teachers and coaches on such topics as peak performance, leadership, team building, sports motivation and mental strength training. Inducted into the I.B.C.A. Hall Of Fame in 1997, Ed also serves on the All-State selection committee. A consummate motivator, he has developed a unique plan for athletes of all ages to reach their potential. When applied, his insights into motivation and thought management will certainly make a difference in a person’s life. He has helped a countless number of athletes learn to balance the stress of competition and the other areas of their lives. They are able to transfer what they have learned into a life of self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence and peak performance.

Coaching Resume:

  • Head Basketball Coach Palatine High School, Palatine, Illinois 1976 – 2008
  • Head Basketball Coach Marist High School, Chicago, Illinois 1969 – 1976
  • Assistant Basketball Coach Marist High School, Chicago, Illinois 1968 – 1969
  • Assistant Basketball Coach DePaul Academy, Chicago, Illinois 1966 – 1968
  • Assistant Basketball Coach AA Illinois North All-Stars 1979 and 1992
  • Head Basketball Coach AA Illinois North All-Stars 1993
  • Assistant Coach for the Illinois Select AAU Team that defeated the Russian Junior National Team in 1988
  • Served on the Basketball Advisory Board for the I.H.S.A. 1985 – 1988
  • Serves on the I.B.C.A. All- State Board 1981-present
  • Inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997
  • Conducted Basketball Camps throughout the Midwest 1973 – 2007

Teaching Resume:

  • Physical Education, Palatine High School, Palatine Illinois 1976 – 2008
  • Continuing Education Instructor for Pearson Professional Development, St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois 1990 – 2006
  • Biology, Health and Physical Education, Marist High School, Chicago, Illinois, 1968 – 1976
  • Biology, DePaul Academy, Chicago, Illinois 1966 -1968


  • Member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches
  • Member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  1. What makes quotes so powerful
  2. How Coach would use quotes as a teaching tool for his teams
  3. What he means by breaking down their resistance with his persistence
  4. What are three things that shape a person and which two are controllable
  5. What are the steps Coach gave his players to help change their attitude
  6. What does it mean to feed your mind on a daily basis
  7. How is a team like a fist


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