Welcome to Episode 010: Gonzaga Basketball Leadership w/ Lisa Fortier. If you want to listen to the greatest minds in basketball talk about sports nutrition, strength & conditioning and leadership, you’ve come to the right place!
Today’s podcast is an interview with Gonzaga Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Lisa Fortier. 2018-19 proved to be a record-breaking year for Fortier in her fifth season. She led the Bulldogs to their highest AP Poll ranking (No. 12) and highest USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll ranking (No. 11) in program history and a program-best regular season record at 27-3. Gonzaga finished the season at 29-5, which ties for the second-best record in history.
The Zags claimed their third-straight WCC regular-season title while Fortier was named WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in five seasons, surpassing her own conference record for the award. Gonzaga advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in program history and the fourth time under Fortier. The Bulldogs secured a No. 5 seed, the highest in program history, and advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the sixth time in program history.
Fortier was chosen as a Late Season Candidate for the Naismith Coach of the Year, along with being selected among 20 local Spokane women as a part of the 2019 Women in Business Leadership Awards. She is the only coach in program history to have four 20-win seasons in their first five seasons.
And what’s best about Lisa is that she not only builds great basketball players, she also focuses on creating a culture that builds great leaders. She dedicates time every week to intentionally teach her players how to think, speak and act like leaders so they can positively impact their community.
Listen to this week’s podcast on Gonzaga Basketball Leadership and learn…
- Why every coach should take 5 minutes out of their practice plan to teach leadership
- How to teach gratitude to players
- The first place coaches look when recruiting athletes
- Lisa’s favorite leadership trait she teaches her team
- How leadership impacts a team’s performance on the court