To close out the semester of LEADS programming, former New England Revolution Head Coach, Jay Heaps, joined the department to share some insight on his experiences playing and coaching collegiately as well as professionally.
Heaps, who played soccer collegiately for Duke University was a three-time finalist for the Hermann Trophy (winning his senior year), a four-time first-team All-ACC selection and four-time all-region choice. Heaps also played collegiate basketball for the Duke Blue Devils. Heaps spent 11 years in the MLS and starred as a defender for the Revolution from 2001-2009. In 2001 Heaps took the head coach position or the New England Revolution and coached until 2017.
Heaps joined the student-athletes back in 2012 and was very well received so LEADS brought him back too present to the athletics department. With the amount of experience that Heaps has, it was a no brainer having him present to the athletics department about his coaching and playing career. Heaps touched on many important aspects of coaching and playing which included; the three pillars of leadership, his background playing for legendary Coach K at Duke, his mission statement and the importance of having a growth mindset and perseverance. Heaps pillars of leadership focus on integrity, passion and the desire to learn.
Heaps spent some time speaking about growth mindset vs fixed mindset, and mentioned that when athletes and coaches are able to have a growth mindset that intelligence can be developed overtime. More so, with a growth mindset, there is a desire to learn, to embrace challenges, persist in the face of obstacles, put the effort in, find lessons and inspiration in the success of others and as a result reach higher levels of achievement.
Heaps provided the department with a wealth of knowledge that can now be implemented within their teams. It was a treat to have someone with such great experiences chare with the department and end the semester on a strong note!