This is the book all of our teams have been asking us for, a book they can read together, discuss together and a guide to help them compete, connect and lead! In The Champion Teammate, Jerry Lynch and John O’Sullivan share wisdom accrued from decades of consultation with well over 100 conference, national, and world championship teams and dozens of Hall of Fame coaches; interviews with hundreds of athletes, coaches, and leadership experts on their Way of Champions Podcast; and hundreds of workshops on being an exceptional teammate, leader, coach, and parent. This book offers a powerful approach to help build better relationships, practice effective leadership, and develop the competitive prowess needed to be an exceptional teammate.
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Jerry Lynch, PhD, is the founder and director of Way of Champions, a human potential and
performance consulting group helping others master the relationship and culture building games
in athletics, business, and life. He first learned about extraordinary performance and excellence
as a nationally ranked competitive athlete sponsored by Nike, running world class times from
5,000 meters to the marathon, setting an American record in the half-marathon, and winning a
national championship. He is recognized as one of the top leaders in his profession in the world.
He has published 17 books in over 10 languages. Jerry has had significant influence with
Olympic sports programs from New Zealand, Germany, the Philippines, and the United States.
His work has impacted teams, coaches, and athletes in the NBA, Pro Lacrosse, and Major
League Soccer, in addition to men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, swimming,
soccer, tennis, golf, and track and field at the universities of North Carolina, Duke, Maryland,
California, Syracuse, Stanford, Harvard, and Middlebury. In the past 35 years alone, he has
helped influence 118 world, national, conference and state championship teams. He has had
extensive media interview coverage with CBS, NBC, and PBS national television, the New York
Times, Oprah Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Baltimore Sun, Outside Magazine and over 400
national magazines, radio broadcasts, podcasts, and webinars. Learn more at
John O’Sullivan is the founder of Changing the Game Project, an organization dedicated to
helping coaches, parents, schools, and youth sport organizations give sports back to our kids and
put a little more “play” in “play ball.” He is a former collegiate and professional soccer player,
and has coached for over 30 years on the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. John has
written two bestselling books, Changing the Game and Every Moment Matters, and his work has
appeared on CNN, Outside Magazine, the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, ESPN, NBC Sports,
and numerous other media outlets. He has consulted with the USOC, US Soccer, USA
Swimming, US Ski and Snowboard, USA Wrestling, Ireland Rugby, National Rugby League of
Australia, the PGA, and many other entities, including teams and coaches at Ohio State, Rutgers,
Fordham, Colby, and USF. You can learn more at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com.