Intentional Performers with Brian Levenson

Building Culture with Furman University Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Richey

July 16, 2020

Bob Richey joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Bob is the head men’s basketball coach at Furman University and you will learn quickly that he is sharp, with it, and extremely intentional as he thinks about culture. He recently completed his third season as the head coach at Furman and it’s his ninth overall as he served as an assistant for his first six years. Coach Richey has had a lot of success during his time at Furman and his overall record is 73-26 with a record of 41-13 in the Southern Conference. He is currently ranked ninth in winning percentage among Division 1 head coaches.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (6:00), his brothers (10:00), the values in his family (12:10), who influenced him (17:10), his parents (18:40), why basketball (20:00), switching schools at a young age (22:15), resilience (25:30), what he does to make sure his blind spots aren’t derailing him (27:30), remote leadership (33:40), the power of pausing (38:20) , his experience as Director of Basketball Operations (45:20), if you can be great at everything (49:00), his routines/habits (51:00), what he was like at 27 (55:20), how he shows up now as a head coach (1:05:00), his mindset as a coach (1:09:00), how he gets the right people on the bus (1:13:30), how to find someone special that isn’t in a winning organization (1:19:30), how he thinks about bringing Freshmen in (1:22:40), how he gets feedback from players (1:25:00), committed vs. compelled (1:32:00), and sports psychology and what he does for his staff (1:35:40).

Thank you to Bob Richey for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter @CoachRichey and check out his team @FurmanHoops.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

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