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Pettit & Janssen Headline Speaker Offerings at the 2013 NFCA National Convention

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One of the most popular features of the annual NFCA Convention program is the diverse array of speakers that cover topics from both inside and outside the world of softball.

Headlining this year’s event over Dec. 4-7 at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, are keynote speaker Terry Pettit (Wed., Dec. 4th at 4:30 p.m. – speaking on the characteristics of great coaching and team building) and pre-convention seminar host Jeff Janssen (Wed., Dec. 4th from Noon to 4 p.m. -- “How to Create a Winning Culture of Commitment and Accountability”).


Terry Pettit – Keynote Speaker

As the Director of Leadership Academies at the University of Denver and Colorado State University, Pettit has served as a mentor coach to over 100 coaches, team captains and emerging leaders. He also presents and conducts workshops on leadership and team building for some of the most progressive athletic departments and corporations in the country.

For 23 years, Pettit was the head coach of one of the most successful athletic teams in NCAA history. Under his leadership, the University of Nebraska’s women’s volleyball team won 21 Big 8 and Big 12 conference championships while leading the nation in both All- American and Academic All-American selections.

He directed the Nebraska volleyball team to 43 NCAA tournament victories and the school’s first national championship in women’s volleyball in 1995. Pettit earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1986, 1994 and 1996 before becoming a mentor coach to the University of Nebraska Athletic Department in 2000. In 2003 he began his current passion, Terry Pettit Coaching Enhancement.

What makes Terry Pettit’s coaching and mentoring success even more unique is his ability to communicate a philosophy of leadership and team building that reflects his experience as a poet, journalist and championship coach. It is not often that a presenter on leadership is as comfortable drawing examples from modern poetry, architecture and contemporary films as he is from a game plan to beat the best.

Whether he is conducting a workshop on leadership and team building or making a keynote presentation on the characteristics of great coaching and team building, Terry Pettit will motivate you to rethink the patterns that lead to success.


Jeff Janssen – Pre-Convention Seminar Host

Widely considered one of the world’s top experts on Sports Leadership, Jeff Janssen is the founder and president of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center. During his special four-hour NFCA Pre-Convention Seminar on Dec. 4th, he will take coaches through proven, innovative methods to help build a program culture of commitment and accountability. The program will provide those in attendance with a “Championship Culture” blueprint to help build and sustain a winning culture within their programs and teach how to get everyone to understand, fully buy in, and passionately live the “Championship Culture” on a daily basis. 

Janssen’s pioneering work on sports leadership development with student-athletes and coaches has led to the creation of cutting edge Leadership Academies at Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, Notre Dame, LSU, Baylor, Houston, Arkansas, Pitt, NC State, Colgate, Lafayette, Holy Cross, George Washington, Colby, Fordham, Boston University, Colorado, Loyola and Lehigh.

He has worked with over 25 different teams that have won NCAA national championships so he knows what it takes to build and sustain a championship culture.

A prolific author, Janssen has authored numerous books including “The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual,” “Championship Team Building,” “The Commitment Continuum System,” “How to Build a Championship Culture,” “How to Develop Relentless Competitors” and “The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches.”