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Joe Shawhan doesn’t pretend to be a genius, but he does claim to be a good pirate. 

The 59-year-old head coach at Michigan Tech counts himself fortunate to have worked around a lot of great people during his hockey career, people who have had a big impact on him, including NCAA champions Frank Anzalone, Jeff Jackson, Walt Kyle and Mel Pearson. Like a sponge, he has soaked in everything that came his way, especially involving team culture and how important it is.

Shawhan, who was a goaltender at Lake Superior State from 1982 to 1987 before moving into coaching, has been behind a hockey bench in one form or another for the past 27 years straight – yes, you read that correctly. His teams have not only been extremely difficult to play against, they’ve also always established great cultures and been successful because of it.

During Shawhan’s 35-minute College Hockey Inc. Virtual Coaching Clinic presentation, the Huskies bench boss discusses how great team culture is more important that great leadership from the coaching staff. Shawhan, who will enter his sixth season with Michigan Tech (and eighth season overall) this coming fall, also introduces the Huskies’ Pyramid of Success, their culture, process, team rules and mission statement, all which come together to create their culture. 

This presentation is filled with snippets of movie quotes, athlete interviews and so much wisdom you’d be wise to bookmark it and watch it time and time again.

This video is available exclusively to members of The Coaches Site.

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Joe Shawhan

Joe Shawhan enters his fifth season as head coach of Michigan Tech, and eighth season with the team overall. In his first season as head coach in 2017-18, Shawhan led the Huskies to their second straight NCAA Tournament. Before coming to Tech, Shawhan spent six seasons at Northern Michigan University.

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