July 10, 2019

Remembering and Honoring Coach Tony Barone, with Ed Molitor

Episode 47:

In the last 26 years, Ed has developed his leadership skills in both athletics and business. From working as an NCAA Basketball coach at Texas A&M to becoming the Vice President of a national recruiting firm, Ed has taught countless athletes, coaches, and business leaders how to THINK, ACT, and EXECUTE at an elite level. Ed has a unique set of skills to deliver leaders across the country a purposeful, positive, energetic, and refreshing experience to unlock their true potential.

In 2016, Ed launched his company, The Molitor Group, in order to reach and add value to a larger sphere of ambitious individuals and help them achieve their goals every day. Through The Molitor Group, Ed has guided all types of leaders to achieve success. From entrepreneurs and executives to teams and companies, The Molitor Group specializes in empowering individuals and groups to achieve at the next level. Through Leadership Performance training, coaching, and speaking, Ed’s goal is to supply people and organizations with the necessary tools to move forward from where they are now to where they want to be.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • Why Coach Tony Barone of Creighton University had a major impact on Ed’s life, and why his recent passing at age 72 has affected Ed deeply
  • Ed shares details of Coach B’s remarkable resume and decades of work in basketball coaching, as well as some of Coach B’s career highs
  • What remarkable leadership traits and qualities Coach B possessed that inspired the people he led
  • How Coach B taught his players to dream big, do more, and to believe in themselves both individually and collectively
  • Ed shares the story of being the underdogs in a tournament, coming from behind to win, and then Coach B ripping open his shirt to reveal a “1989 Missouri Valley Conference Champions” t-shirt he’d been wearing the whole game
  • Why one of the important lessons Ed learned was the value of building a culture that isn’t “like a family” but is a family
  • Ed shares a memorable and special story of his time at Creighton and receiving academic praise from Coach B
  • How Coach B worked to make sure that his team members knew they mattered to him, and how that made a lasting impression on them

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  1. Dave Snell says:


    First I remember you with the Blue Jays. Secondly THANK YOU for this podcast. I listened to every word. Tony had such a profound influence on my life. You so capsulized his life and the impact he had on everyone he met. I visited Coach B in the nursing home two weeks before he passed, and had a chance to say all the things that were in my heart. I loved him, and all of your words so brilliantly echoed what we all take with us through our own lives. Thanks again for voicing what he legacy meant to you. Blessings! Dave

    1. Ed Molitor says:

      Dave….thank you for the kind words! I love the fact you were able to spend time with Coach B a couple of weeks ago as I know he thought so much of you. I really could have talked for hours.
      Wish all the best and I do hope our paths cross soon.

      Take care…..Ed

  2. Frank Polen says:

    Another great listen! The impact coaches have is transformational. Every thing goes so far beyond the product on the floor. The true winning comes in the unseen hours, the forming of the lasting relationships. The true, _”I love you’s”. These are the lessons and memories we get to take with us. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Ed says:

      Thank you, Frank and I could not agree with you more…it is all about the relationships, memories, and the lessons we learned along the way!


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