So here I am in Gainesville, Florida getting ready to speak at the prestigious, Billy Donovan Coaching Clinic at the University of Florida. 50 of the top college basketball and NBA coaches have been invited to this two day event filled with information and networking for the upcoming season. I will be speaking tomorrow night after Steve Clifford of the Orlando Magic and Bob Bender of the Atlanta Hawks. The topic? Building toughness in your team and individuals.

How do you do it? Well, for starters, everyone needs to play as a team. Babe Ruth said, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

TEAM—Together Everyone Achieves More…as long as..there’s a Total Effort from All Members.

It’s good to be the best ON the team; it’s better to be the best FOR the team.

Stay tuned for more from the Sunshine State.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


It’s more important to be the best person FOR the team than to be the best person ON the team.


My mother, the late, great Mary Tseng was, and is, one of my she-roes.

As an immigrant from Shanghai, China, my mother arrived in the United States without a great command of the English language, or a lot of money. In fact, she started out working at White Castle in the Bronx. Then, after my sisters and I got older, she worked an entry level job performing data entry. Even though she didn’t make a lot of money, she was able to save more than most people. Her goal was to raise a family to the best of her abilities. And I feel she did just that with my two sisters and myself. Unfortunately my mother passed away a few years ago after fighting cancer for nine years.

My mother was and is one of my she-roes.

She knew the secret.

It’s about OTHERS.

My mother was very generous to her family, friends, and co-workers. And during those nine difficult years, I never once heard her complain about anything. Even when she had people come to her house to take care of her or perform music therapy, my mother would always ask people, “Did you eat?”

It’s about OTHERS.

I think when we shift our focus from “what can you do for me?” to “what can I do for you?” our world changes. As a by-product, our results change—in relationships, in sports, in sales, and in school.

Everything mothers do comes from a place of love. But sometimes the message is lost because children hear that they need to get better grades, clean their room or can’t get that new cell phone. But there is always a good reason for that.

And that reason is to help make their child the best that they can possibly be.

As children, we need to realize this, be grateful and try to make our mothers proud, every day.

I know I try to.

Happy Mother’s Day.


Well, we did it. Key word: WE.

Sarah and I were married yesterday…but we didn’t do it by ourselves.

We had an amazing facility manager, Warren at the Trenton Masonic Temple, one of our favorite chefs, Alan Meinster, our favorite band, The Alice Project, Elite Photo Booths, Monday Morning Flowers, Reverend Mark Larose, photographer, Frank DiGiovanni, and many friends and family members helping us out on our special day.

It was a team effort.

Nobody can do it on their own. And we are grateful for all the help we had.

In sports, weddings and life, remember this:

A dream without a team…is a nightmare.

Thank you to everyone!


Well, I’m back home after a great few days in Tampa, Florida. The photo above is a pitchers’ meeting in Yankee minor league camp. The Yankee organization is fortunate to have many experienced coaches that help the young prospects develop. And the ones that will most likely make it are the ones that listen and apply what they are told.

Woodrow Wilson once said, “I use all the brains I have, and all that I can borrow.”

Who are you learning from? If there is someone that is successful at what you want to do, why aren’t you learning from them? Nobody can do it all on their own. Find a mentor and create your game plan for success.

A dream without a team…is a nightmare.

Create your dream team today.


One day, an old man found himself sitting next to a young man on the local bus. It was February 14th, Valentines’ Day and the old man was holding a bouquet of flowers. They got to talking and the young man said, “Those are beautiful flowers.”

“Thank you, I’m going to go bring them to my wife,” the old man said. “Do you have a girlfriend?” the old man asked back.

“Yes, she is wonderful and we are very happy, but I don’t have any money to buy her a gift for Valentine’s Day.”

The old man gave a sympathetic smile and the two men were silent for a moment.

Then, the bus stopped and the old man stood up to get off. He faced the young man, handed him the bouquet of flowers and said, “Here, my wife would want you to have these,” as he walked off the bus.

The young man, stunned and grateful, looked out the window as the old man slowly walked across the street, and entered the cemetery.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Remember, it’s about others.

Today, and every day, strive to be a better teammate, coach, son, daughter, mother, father, husband, wife, student and person, by focusing less on yourself and more on making a difference in others’ lives.


When I was younger, my cousins brainwashed me into liking the Dallas Cowboys. The truth is, I didn’t really enjoy football but they were passionate Cowboy fans, so it rubbed off. To this day I still do not follow football but I can remember Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and others.

For some reason, the player I remember the most was #12, Roger Staubach. Recently, I hear an amazing story about Roger.

In 1963, while playing football for Navy, Staubach won the Heisman Trophy for being the most outstanding collegiate football player.

After Roger received the award, he went back to Navy and a team meeting was held. As he spoke to his teammates, Roger said that the trophy wasn’t his, it belonged to all of them. He said he would not have won the trophy without them.

And then Staubach proceeded to smash the Heisman Trophy into pieces.

Everyone in the room was stunned.

Staubach walked over to each teammate and handed them a piece of the trophy.

Now that’s a teammate.

And that’s a leader.


“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”



If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know what TEAM stands for…

Together Everyone Achieves More…

As long as…there’s a…

Total Effort from All Members.

In sports, we can’t do it on our own. Even in individual sports like tennis, golf and gymnastics, we have a team of coaches and supporters.

A true champion helps the rest of the team become better.

There’s a hopi saying, “One finger can’t lift a pebble.”

Think about it. We need help. We need to work together.

Who is helping you?

Who can help you?

Who are you helping?