Coach Chris Petersen’s humble philosophy about football, life, and relationships stems from his beginnings as the UC Davis quarterback. He reached a crossroads following graduation, deliberating whether to teach or go the coaching route after college. Chris followed his passion for football to his first coaching job at the JV level, rising to the ultimate challenge of becoming head coach of Boise State and later the Washington Huskies. At the pinnacle of his career, the Rose Bowl, Coach Petersen found himself yearning for wins beyond the field.
Coach Petersen stepped away from the game at the end of the 2019/2020 season to focus on what he calls his personal scoreboard, family, relationships, values, and friends. He’s also helping other coaches learn to better balance what he calls society’s scoreboard with his own personal scoreboard.
Off the field, we see Chris implementing his Built For Life philosophy in his own life, prioritizing his family, friends, and purpose in the everyday. “Be here, now” is Chris’ philosophy heading into his Third Act.
(03:00) Winning is learning from losses
(05:02) Master of the mind
(07:14) You don’t know what you don’t know
(08:32) Weighing the options: psychology or coaching?
(10:21) Head coach at Boise State
(13:01) Fiesta Bowl 2007: Boise State vs. Oklahoma
(14:12) Protecting the people
(15:39) Built For Life leadership philosophy: real men and championship teams
(21:01) UW, a new set of challenges
(22:54) Rise to the Rose Bowl
(25:25) One life to live
(26:59) Stepping away from the field
(27:59) Success masks the true journey to fulfillment
(30:20) Silver lining in the thunder clouds
(31:10) Society’s scoreboard of extrinsic motivation
(32:35) Living out the personal scoreboard
(37:41) Fritzky Chair of Leadership at the UW Foster School of Business
(38:38) Top 10 influences are women
(43:06) Me vs. Me, the main hurdle in life
(43:59) Be here, now.
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