One might not think a hockey team’s performance can be broken down into a simple equation, but Matt McIlvane, Head Coach of Red Bull Salzburg, has one in mind.
He believes a team’s performance, the way they end up playing on the ice, is the team’s talent x how it works, how it acts and how it thinks. Essentially, performance = capability x behaviour.
Very interesting, indeed.
McIlvane is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and has been at the helm of Red Bull Salzburg since 2019. In early 2022, McIlvane coached Red Bull to an EBEL Championship, capping off an incredible season where Red Bull captured the regular season title and qualified for the Champions League.
Previously McIlvane was an Assistant Coach under Don Jackson with Red Bull Munich in Germany’s top professional league and was highly successful, capturing three consecutive league Championships. McIlvane has also twice been a member of the coaching staff of Germany’s National team at both the 2018 Olympic Games and 2021 World Championships.
Matt McIlvane is viewed as one of hockey’s brightest up and coming coaches and his presentation at TCS Live was proof of that.
During his 26-minute talk, McIlvane discusses the line between winning and losing and what those terms should actually mean to your team, his pyramid of success, what “above the line” thinking is, and why “on task, next task” is one of the most important terms you can have as a coach.
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Learn more about McIlvane’s coaching journey on this episode of the Glass & Out Podcast.
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Really appreciate Matt’s insight here. I had a reason to follow his team last year and he always struck me as a great hockey mind and someone I can learn from to incorporate into my own coaching style.